This is a two year full time course for students wishing to work in the childcare industry. Students will learn and gain the broad skills required to work in a range of settings, as well as the skills and behaviours expected in the professional sector. Students will undertaken a range of varied placements and gain a strong understanding of theoretical knowledge and practical skills . Students who successful complete this course will be fully licenced to practice at Level 3 or can gain UCAS points to attend university


Meet our students Elizabeth Lefever

Elizabeth Lefever

“I’ve always wanted to work in the childcare industry and chose this course as the best option to further my career. I like the fact that I have work placements in nurseries and schools to get more experience and become more confident. The support staff and teachers are happy to help and full of encouragement.”

Meet our students Luca Chareun

Luca Chareun

“I enjoyed the practical work experience within my course.”

  • Description

    Course content - Year One Unit 1 Child development from conception to seven years Unit 2 Children's health and well-being Unit 3 Providing safe environments for children Unit 4 Child health Unit 6 Understanding children's additional needs Unit 5 Play and learning
    Unit 7 Observation, assessment and planning
    Unit 8 Professional Practice Portfolio EPS - Effective practice Study - External unit Course content - Year Two Unit 9 Supporting emergent literacy Unit 10 Supporting emergent mathematics Unit 11 Preparing for school readiness Unit 12 International perspectives Unit 13 Reflective practice for professional development Unit 14 Professional partnerships in early years Unit 15 Professional practice portfolio 2 EA - Extended assessment - external unit

  • Entry Requirements

    Students should have a minimum of five GCSE's at grade 4 or above, this should include English and Maths. Students may progress from level 2 care courses with a minimum of a merit grade. All students will have an interview.

    No previous experience is necessary, students will be supported in developing a range of professional skills through out the course

  • Qualification

    NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Childcare and Education (EYE)

  • Progression

    The Level 3 Diploma in Childcare and Education (Early Years Educator ) enables progression directly into the work place as a level three practitioner or onto a range of Higher Education courses linked to Early years and Education

  • Assessment

    In order to achieve the Level 3 Certificate in Childcare and Education learners must complete 15 mandatory, internally set units as well as an Effective Practice Study Task and an Extended assessment (both externally set and externally marked). This is completed in a range of formats including essays, professional discussion and direct observation

  • Home Study

    The students are required to undertake additional independent study to enable them to complete assignments and prepare for assessments and placement activities

  • Work Placement

    All students are required to complete two days per week work placement and a minimum of one block week per term. An overall requirement of 750 hours across a range of three age groups are required to successfully complete the course

  • Fees and Additional Costs

    Costs for work placement uniform and stationery will be required and It is strongly recommended students purchase the supporting text book . All trips and visits will be mandatory, with costs met by the student.

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14 - 18 year olds

In most cases students aged 14-18 years old on a substantial study programme will NOT be required to pay fees and most course-specific equipment and materials will be funded by the College. This excludes stationary, non-curriculum trips and a £15 enrichment fee.

19 years and over

Students aged 19 years and over may be required to pay fees. For details of fee remission and loans for students over the age of 19 click here. Please note that some courses may have additional registration, examination and/or materials fees. Where we have been unable to provide these additional costs in this information, they will be discussed with you prior to enrolment. If you think you may be entitled to financial support or fee remission, or you would like more information on the additional costs associated with your chosen course, please contact us.