CACHE Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Workforce - Early Years Educator (Adult Learners)

This qualification is for all those who wish to work in the Early Years Sector. It will cover the age range from birth to five years.


Course Content

Mandatory units include:

  • Promoting communication
  • Promoting equality and inclusion in children and young people’s settings
  • Engaging in personal development
  • Principles for implementing duty of care
  • Understanding child and young person development
  • Promoting child and young person development
  • Understanding how to safeguard the well-being of children and young people
  • Supporting children and young people’s health and safety
  • Developing positive relationships with children, young people and others involved in their care
  • Working together for the benefit of children and young people
  • Understanding how to support positive outcomes for children and young people
  • The context and principles of early years provision
  • Promoting learning and development in the early years
  • Promoting children’s welfare and well-being in the early years
  • Professional practice in work with children in their early years
  • Supporting children’s speech, language and communication
  • Longitudinal study

Entry Requirements

Applicants will need to be working in a child care environment (350 placement hours needed throughout the duration of the course). Learners will need to show competence in both theory and practice.  Throughout your course you will need to spend a minimum time working with babies 0-1yr 11mths = 25 hours, toddlers aged between 2-2yr 11mths = 133 hours and  pre-school children 3-5 years = 192 hours.  Applicants will be initially assessed for English before being offered a place.  However the following entry criteria also applies:


Applicants aged 16+ : will need to have either GCSE English and Maths at grade C/4 or above or Functional Skills L2 in English/Maths, or be prepared to take these alongside their childcare course.


Applicants aged 19+: can apply for a 19+ Advanced Learning Loan, or can self-fund. 


All Applicants must be aware that they must have achieved GCSE English and Maths at least at grade C/4 or Functional Skills Level 2 or above before the Level 3 qualification is deemed to be full and relevant and can be counted in their setting's ratio numbers.

Duration and Delivery

Up to two years, part time, one evening per week in College (Tuesday). For full details of attendance pattern, please contact us.


Candidates may be able to progress onto a Foundation Degree.

Additional Information

You will be allocated an assessor who will visit you in the workplace to action plan your progress and set you tasks to complete. When you are ready to be assessed, your assessor will come and assess you in your workplace. You will need to attend College once a week to take part in some group activities and to be taught sessions which cannot be conducted on a one-to-one basis.

Funding for part of the course fees may be available from your local Early Years and Childcare Service.

For further information, please contact Pam Harrison in the School of Care on 020 8268 2733 or by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Please apply online and you will be invited for an interview where any questions can be answered.


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