Early Years Educator Level 3 (NCFE CACHE) (Flexible Learning Print this page

Dates: Flexible
Days: Flexible
Sessions: 24
Centre: Online - Other
Course Code: W14002F01HE
Fees: Standard - £2,882.00
Concessionary - £0.00

Course Information

Changes may need to be made to this course if Government Covid-19 guidance results in restrictions being placed on the College, for example an on-site course could be moved online. If it is not possible to move a class online, refunds may be issued in line with College policy. We will inform students as soon as practicable should any changes to this course be required.

This course will be delivered online

Learning Aim 60126292

PLEASE NOTE: Concessions rates may be available to those aged 19+ who do not already hold a full Level 3 qualification.

If you fall outside these criteria, you can either pay the full fee or apply for an advanced learner loan.

This course is aimed at learners who have a paid work placement in a childcare setting and are already or are looking to progress to managing small teams.

Purpose of Course

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.

The course has 23 mandatory units. These have been structured around 3 themes

Theme 1: Health and well-being

Theme 2: Legislation, frameworks and professional practice

Theme 3: Play, development and learning for school readiness

This course is a ‘Flexible Learning’ course, which means you will not be attending College at set times. Your tutor will agree with you when you will be required to attend for tutorials. This qualification will take 1-2 years to complete depending on experience.

On this course, you will develop the following life skills

English Skills

Maths Skills

Employability Skills

Digital Skills

Confidence building

What level is this course & what skills do I need?

This course is a Level 3

You will need to have completed the Early Years Practitioner Level 2 Diploma or the Supporting Teaching & Learning in Schools Level 2 Certificate

You will need to have appropriate levels of English skills in order to produce assignments necessary for this course.

You must have achieved an English Language GCSE at Grade 4 or above.


You must have achieved a Functional Skills Level 2 qualification

You will also be asked to do an online English language test for the Course Approval Assessment to assess that you have the appropriate level of English in order to be accepted onto the course.

You must also be competent in the use of ICT in order to complete unit assignments and access course information provided online.

The course is quite demanding. You must be prepared to study and research at home in order to progress and be able to develop your knowledge and your professionalism.

Learners will need to be working in a paid placement to be able to show competence in both knowledge and skills and it is required for the achievement of this qualification.

A minimum of 350 placement hours is required throughout the course, or around 8 hours per week.

We recommend that placements should be undertaken in at least 2 different settings to cover the following age ranges:

Age Range Hours

0–1 year 11 months - 25 hours

2–2 years 11 months - 133 hours

3–5 years - 192 hours 

Learners who work within a setting which provides care and education for children across these three age ranges, and are able to gain the necessary hours of experience, need not seek placement outside of their setting.

You will need a DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check for your work-placement. If your placement is unable to fund this you may have to pay for it.

A placement in a childcare setting is required to enrol on this course. Please note that we are unable to approve you for this course without having received proof of a placement in a childcare setting. Accepted forms of proof of a placement are: a letter or email from your childcare setting confirming your placement. Please provide proof of your placement during the course approval assessment.

Is a course approval interview/assessment required?


To be considered for a place on this course, you are required to attend a Course Approval session to ensure this course is suitable for you. You may be asked to complete a test/tests.

You can make an application by clicking on ‘APPLY’ at the bottom of this page. If you do not already have a Sutton College online account you will need to create one first. You will then be asked for further information and will receive a link via email that will enable you to book a Course Approval date and time.

Additional information

You will need to bring a pen and notebook to your tutorial meetings with the tutor

What are the progression opportunities at the end of this course?

Paediatric First Aid

In addition to existing EYFS requirements, newly qualified early years staff (with a full and relevant level 2 or level 3 childcare qualification) must have either a full paediatric first aid (PFA) or an emergency PFA certificate before they can be included in the required adult: child ratios in an early years setting. Details of Sutton College First Aid courses can be found on www.suttoncollege.ac.uk

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