NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Workforce (Early Years Educator)


This regulated qualification is the only distance learning course that allows the learner to practise as a fully-qualified early years practitioner. With the NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Workforce you’ll explore the crucial aspects of safeguarding, health and safety regulations alongside how to enhance children’s communication abilities.

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NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Workforce (Early Years Educator)

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Begin your journey to becoming an integral part of the early years education workforce with this online NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Workforce (Early Years Educator) course.

On completion of this course, learners will be eligible for inclusion in the staff-to-child ratio at level 3.

This course explores fostering a healthy lifestyle through nutrition and physical activity, enhancing children’s communication abilities, and understanding crucial aspects of safeguarding, health, and safety regulations.

While the course primarily focuses on acquiring knowledge and practical experience in working with children aged 0 to 5, learners will also have the opportunity to gain insights into working with children aged 5 to 7.

Course Benefits

  • The NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Early Years Workforce (Early Years Educator) will provide you with an essential qualification to enter the Early Years Education workforce.
  • Be included in the staff-to-child ratio for level 3, within a childcare setting.
  • Become an NCFE CACHE Alumni member for two years.

Course Units

Qualification Number: 601/2629/2

Unit 1: Support Healthy Lifestyles for Children Through Exercise (A/505/9809)

Unit 2: Understand How to Support Children Who Are Unwell (A/505/9812)

Unit 3: Promoting Children’s Physical Development (A/505/9826)

Unit 4: Plan, Lead and Review Play Opportunities Which Support Children’s Learning and Development (D/505/9818)

Unit 5: Developing Children’s Emergent Mathematical Skills (D/505/9821)

Unit 6: Understand Legislation Relating to the Safeguarding, Protection and Welfare of Children (F/505/9813)

Unit 7: Support Children With Additional Needs (F/505/9827)

Unit 8: Engage in Professional Development (F/505/9830)

Unit 9: Promote Enabling Play Environments (H/505/9819)

Unit 10: Support Children’s Transition to School (H/505/9822)

Unit 11: Use Legislation Relating to the Health and Safety of Children (J/505/9814)

Unit 12: Use Observation, Assessment and Planning to Promote the Development of Children (J/505/9828)

Unit 13: Develop Children’s Cognitive Skills (K/505/9823)

Unit 14: Support Healthy Lifestyles for Children Through the Provision of Food and Nutrition (L/505/9300)

Unit 15: Follow Legislation Relating to Equality, Diversity and Inclusive Practice (L/505/9815)

Unit 16: Use Longitudinal Studies to Observe, Assess and Plan For Children’s Needs (L/505/9829)

Unit 17: Support Physical Care Routines for Children (M/505/9810)

Unit 18: Promote Children’s Speech, Language and Communication (M/505/9824)

Unit 19: Working in Partnership (R/505/9816)

Unit 20: Promote Children’s Emotional Wellbeing (T/505/9811)

Unit 21: Promoting Children’s Personal, Social and Emotional Development (T/505/9825)

Unit 22: Understand the Value of Play in Early Years (Y/505/9817)

Unit 23: Developing Children’s Emergent Literacy Skills (Y/505/9820)


This course is assessed using a series of assignments that are designed to test your knowledge of the course materials. You’ll access your learning materials and submit your work online using our learner management system. Your expert assessor will mark your work and guide you throughout the programme.

You will need to complete a work placement of at least 350 hours in order to gain your qualification. Your placement can be paid or voluntary, and must be completed in a childcare setting, working with children aged 0-5 years old.

Required Knowledge

Whilst no previous qualifications are needed to enrol or complete this course, to be counted in the staff-to-child ratio within a childcare setting, you must possess a GCSE or Level 2 in English and Maths .

Awarding Body

Once you successfully complete the course, you will obtain a certification in Early Years Workforce (Early Years Educator) at NCFE CACHE Level 3. You will receive a certificate as recognition of your achievement.

NCFE is an educational charity as well as a leading provider of vocational and technical courses. With over 170 years of experience in providing an exceptional educational experience, NCFE collaborates with industry experts to develop smarter solutions to the most pressing learning needs. They are one of the largest technical and vocational awarding bodies in the United Kingdom, with thousands of people receiving qualifications each year. CACHE (The Council for Awards in Care, Health, and Education) joined NCFE in 2015.

After enrolling in your NCFE CACHE course, you will have two years of access to the NCFE CACHE Alumni membership. NCFE CACHE Alumni is a professional membership network for those working in the care, health, and education industries, offering valuable resources and advice for those studying for/with an NCFE CACHE qualification.


We take pride in helping our students at all stages of their development, so whilst this course may be designed for home study, you can enrol knowing that you’ll be fully supported throughout your course. You’ll receive 12 months of tutor support, who will always be on hand to lend you their advice, guidance and instruction. On top of this, they will lend their expertise to your written assignments, providing you with valuable feedback and tips.

Similarly, our student support team are only a click away, meaning you never have to feel alone in your studies.

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You have 12 months to complete your course (longer for A Levels and course packages). It’s possible to get your qualification in less time however, depending on the course.

This is a government-regulated qualification, with certification provided by an Ofqual-regulated awarding body.

There are two payment options, pay in full for your course or monthly. Our monthly payment option allows you to spread the cost of your course over a 10 month period.

If you choose to pay using a payment plan, to apply you must be able to answer yes to the following:

  • Your billing address is based in the UK
  • You have a UK based bank account
  • Bill payer must be 18 or above.

You will need to complete the work placement element of the course to gain the qualification (confirmation or proof of a work placement is not needed in order to enrol on this course).

No, this course is assignment based, which means you will not have to complete any exams. If your assignment doesn’t pass first time, you can retry as many times as you need within your 12 months support period.

Unlike other providers, Association of Learning use a fast-track system to get your certificate to you within six weeks (our average is two weeks).

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