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Childcare and Education (EYE) New Technical Diploma Level 3

The Level 3 Certificate in Childcare and Education is studied in year 1 with progression on to the CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Childcare and Education (Early Years Educator). The Diploma will enable you to gain the knowledge and experience that will allow you to work with children from birth to 5 years.

You will study a variety of units inlcuding child development from conception to seven years, children’s health and well-being, understanding children’s additional needs, supporting emergent literacy and mathematics, reflective practice for professional development amongst others.

You will have access to real work environments as you need to show competence in both knowledge and skills, and you will gain experience in a variety of early years settings.

Course Info

Level 3 - Advanced
Subject Area
Childcare and Early Years
Course Type
16-19 Full-Time
Course Length
35 weeks

Entry Requirements

You should be at least16 years old, with five GCSEs at grade C or 4 and above to include English and maths. Complete Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks will be required.

Delivery and Assessment

All units are internally assessed using a range of methods and are graded A*-D. An external holistic controlled assessment is completed in year 1 (certificate) and again in year two (diploma). Learners will also attend a work place setting for two days a week and will be assessed on their professional practice.


You can progress to higher education or into various job roles in the statutory, voluntary or private sectors such as: • Early Years Educator (Diploma only) • Practitioner in day nurseries • Practitioner in nursery schools • Practitioner in reception classes in primary schools • Pre-school worker • Home based childcare • Nanny.

Career Opportunities

  • Parent Partnerships Workers
  • Inclusion Support Workers
  • Nursery Assistants
  • School or Nursery Managers