Qualification Overview

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

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

The NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Workforce (Early Years Educator) program is designed to prepare individuals to work with children from birth to 7 years old. By completing this qualification, learners will be equipped with the necessary skills and knowledge to enter the workforce as Early Years Educators.

The course has been developed in accordance with the Department for Education and National College for Teaching and Leadership Policy, focusing on improving the quality and range of education and childcare for young children. This qualification exceeds the minimum requirements set out in the Full and Relevant Criteria, ensuring that learners are well-prepared to meet the needs of young children and are in alignment with the priorities of practitioners and employers in the field.

Download the Qualification Specification

Date And Time
02/09/2024 @ 09:00 to
31/07/2026 @ 15:00

Registration End Date

Course Types
Course Category

Qualification structure

Learners must achieve:

– 23 mandatory units
– Credit value: 61
– 350 recommended placement hours

*Learners may be eligible for funding and complete the course for free (subject to eligibility – see below).
Qualification number (QN)


Total qualification time (TQT):


Guided learning hours (GL)


Accredited by:


Funding Avilable?


Entry requirements:

- Learners must be aged 16 or above.
- GCSE English and Maths A*-C

Mandatory units

The 23 mandatory units are structured around the following three themes:

• Theme 1: Health and well-being
• Theme 2: Legislation, frameworks and professional practice
• Theme 3: Play, development and learning for school readiness

Please download the Qualification Specification for details about which units are grouped under each of the themes.


All units will be internally assessed using a range of methods. This could include direct observation within the workplace, a portfolio of evidence, written assignments or a task set by the Awarding Body.
Some learning outcomes within this qualification will require assessment in a Real Work Environment.

Progression opportunities

Job roles include:
• practitioner in day nurseries
• practitioner in Nursery schools
• practitioner in reception classes in primary schools
• pre-school worker

*The eligibility criteria for funding are the following:

  1. Resident within the boroughs of Slough, Windsor and Maidenhead
  2. Unemployed or in receipt of low income (less than £20,000 per year)
  3. Resident in the UK continuously for 3 years or more (exceptions apply for refugees)
  4. In receipt of state benefits (Universal Credit, JSA, etc.)
  5. Have Right to Work in the UK
  6. Aged 19 years+
  7. Not being on an apprenticeship

If you meet the above criteria, please contact us on 01753 362 197 or via email
Please do not proceed to checkout and pay for the course if you believe you are eligible for funding.

There is a £125 cancellation fee if a learner enrols and fails to complete or withdraws early from the course. This fee is to cover administration costs. We may be able to offer extensions if learners are unable to meet the set submission deadline. Please read the declaration on the enrolment form carefully before signing up.