South Thames College

NCFE CACHE Technical Level 3 Diploma in Childcare & Education (Early Years Educator) - Level 3


This course gives you the skills and knowledge to work unsupervised in different childcare settings. Our childcare courses provide a real insight into working in this sector. We have a range of visiting speakers, such as nursery managers and early years teachers to share their professional experience with you and help you understand what effective professional behaviour and standards are.

Units relate to promoting children's care and education and include:

  • Child development from conception to seven years
  • Children's health and well-being
  • Providing safe environments for children
  • Play and learning
  • Understanding children's additional needs
  • Observation, assessment and planning
  • Supporting emergent literacy and maths
  • Preparing for school readiness
  • International perspectives
  • Professional partnerships.
  • Reflective practice for professional development.

There are 750 hours on a work placement in a range of childcare settings. This means two days a week will be in a real-world setting.


You'll be assessed in your work placement to focus on your practical skills. You'll need to complete an effective practice study task and an extended assessment task. Both are set and marked externally.

Entry Requirements

Four GCSEs A*-C/9-4 including Maths and English (with the others at grade D/3 or equivalent) OR a relevant Level 2 diploma at least at merit with GCSE Maths or English A*-C/9-4 (with the other at grade D/3 or equivalent).

If you're 16 to 18, you'll need to achieve your GCSE in English and Maths A*-C/9-4 by the end of your course if you don't already have this. If you're 19 or older, you must have GCSE A*-C/9-4 in English and Maths or their equivalent to enrol. Please note that Level 2 functional skills are not a suitable equivalent for the childcare profession at present.

For international students, you will need an IELTS score of 5.5 (minimum 5.0 in each section) or equivalent. Find out more in the international pages.


You'll need to pay for your Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check (formerly CRB). This is normally paid at enrolment.

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Where and when
1 Year
Study mode:?
Full Time
What do I need to pay?
16-18 year olds:
£ 0
19 and older: ?
£ 0 - 2,882
Materials fees: ?
May be charged

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