What does the qualification cover?
The CACHE Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Workforce (Early Years Educator) prepares learners to become Early Years Educators, enabling them to work with children from birth to 5 years and gain knowledge of children aged 5 to 7 years. Upon achievement of this qualification it is intended that learners will be able to enter the workforce as Early Years Educators. In response to the Department for Education and National College for Teaching and Leadership Policy, Improving the quality and range of education and childcare from birth to 5 years, we have built a qualification to meet the Criteria required for those wishing to become Early Years Educators. As the leading Awarding Organisation in the care sector we have surpassed the minimum requirements set out in the Full and Relevant Criteria to develop a qualification which reflects the priorities of practitioners and employers to meet the needs of young children.
When is this qualification available?
This qualification will be open for registrations
Who is it suitable for?
This qualification is suitable for a range of learners, either working or wishing to work in early years education and care.
What are CACHE’s entry requirements?
You should be at least 16 years old. CACHE does not set any other entry requirements but colleges or training providers may have their own guidelines.
Early Years Educator: GSCE English and Maths Requirement
All learners who achieve an Early Years Educator qualification will need GCSE English and maths A*-C to count in the ratios at level 3 in childcare settings. While there is no requirement for learners to have achieved GCSE English and maths upon commencement or completion of a standalone Early Years Educator qualification, providers are expected to support learners who need to achieve English and maths GCSEs at grade C or above alongside the qualification in order to gain employment.
Apprenticeship exit requirement
The CACHE Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Workforce (Early Years Educator) (QCF) forms part of the Early Years Pathway of the Advanced Apprenticeship for the Children and Young People’s Workforce. English and maths GCSEs at grade C or above are a completion requirement for childcare apprentices. Learn Plus Us are proud that due to our exceptional success with the level three EYE we have been awarded funding to deliver GCSE Mathematics and English allowing us to deliver the full framework to your staff without them having to enrol at a separate college.
For accepted equivalencies for GCSE English and maths, please refer to the Department of Education website, Early Years Qualifications List.
Education Funding Agency-funded learners
Learners aged 16-19 (and learners aged 19-24 with learning difficulties and/or disabilities) funded by the Education Funding Agency will not require GCSE English and maths grade A* – C prior to commencing their Early Years Educator qualification. However, the Department for Education expect learners without English and/or maths GCSE at grade C to be offered and encouraged to take up GCSEs as part of their Study Programme. From 2016/17 learners will need to have completed or be studying GCSE English and maths to have their study programme funded.
How is this qualification structured?
Theme 1: Health and well-being
Theme 2: Legislation, frameworks and professional practice
Theme 3: Play, development and learning for school readiness
Theme 4: Professional development
Learners must achieve:
23 mandatory units
486 guided learning hours (GLH).
How is it assessed?
To gain this qualification the learner will need to:
Pass all units
Complete longitudinal study
Show competence in a real work 0environment
Do you need to have access to practical placement?
Placements are required for achievement of this qualification. A minimum of 350 placement hours is required. During placement, learners will need support from a professional within the real work environment who will be required to complete professional development records.
How long does it take to complete?
This qualification will take 1-2 years to complete depending on experience.
Our GCSE classes will start with our first intake starting between March and June 16 . The classes will take place every Friday from 9.15 to 12.30pm (English) and 1.30pm to 4.30pm (Math’s). Our class sizes are small and will be held at our centre in Muswell Hill N10. GCSE tuition is free for students aged 16-18 years old. For students aged 19 years plus fees will be charged up to £500.00 per subject.
What related qualifications can you progress to?
Learners can progress to the **NEW** CACHE Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Health and Social Care and Children and Young People’s Services (England) (QCF) (90 Credits), or other higher level early years qualifications.
Please do call us for more detailed information.
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