CACHE Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Workforce

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CACHE Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Workforce

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Study for the NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Workforce to complete a full and relevant qualification in early years. This course is perfect for anyone looking to undertake a fully licensed Level 3 qualification which covers the skills and knowledge units required to become a Level 3 Early Years Practitioner and work in ratios within a setting. Over the course of 18 months, students will carry out both written and practical assignments within a placement in order to achieve the full Diploma and become licensed as an Early Years Practitioner.

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About this CACHE Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Workforce Course

The CACHE Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Workforce (Early Years Educator) course is perfect for anyone looking to undertake a fully regulated qualification which results in a full license to practice in the early years sector. The qualification will allow you to work in a nursery setting and count towards staff ratios as a fully licensed Level 3 practitioner. 

Through a combination of online written assignments and tasks, learners on this qualification will cover the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and how it relates to children from birth to 5 years. The qualification also covers knowledge up to 7 years of age but practical assignments are only in the age ranges 0-5 years. A placement is required to undertake this qualification and this must be in a setting which will allow you to work with children in the following age ranges:

  • 0 – 1 year 11 months
  • 2 – 2 years 11 months
  • 3 – 5 years

A 350 hour placement must be completed as part of this qualification within an early years setting. This placement will be where learners undertake their practical assignments which will be monitored by a Workplace Assessor. Your Workplace Assessor will be a senior member of staff who is able to provide observation statements around the learner’s competency. Any Workplace Assessor must be aware of their role and be happy to devote some of their time to carrying out observations as well as undertaking standardisation sessions set within the qualification. It is estimated that this will take the Workplace Assessor between 9-12 hours in total throughout the duration of the qualification. All Workplace Assessors must be fully qualified to Level 3 in Early Years, have up-to-date CPD and a good background in early years settings.

Qualification code 601/2147/6. This qualification meets the UK government requirement to be deemed full and relevant and allows practitioners to work as a fully qualified level 3 practitioner in an early years setting.

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Study Time: 486 hours
Enrolment length: 18 months
Course Format: Online
Entry Requirements: Learners must be 18 or above, be based in the UK and working in an early years setting

Upon completion of this qualification, students are awarded a CACHE Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Workforce Certificate. All certification fees are included in your course fees. This qualification is suitable for a range of different career paths in settings such as:

  • Early Years Practitioner
  • Early Years Teacher
  • Children’s Centre Worker
  • Playschool Assistant
  • Childminder / Nanny


All of our students are given access to our online campus through their own personal login and password. Once logged in you can access your course materials, lessons, resources and assignments in your own time. Assignments are uploaded through your account and the process is easy and intuitive. Our online campus includes:

  • 24/7/365 access to all of your course materials- all lessons, assignments and resources are available from the moment you enrol
  • Instant access to your course after you enrol- start studying immediately!
  • Integrated chat and messaging systems so that you can contact your tutor
  • Online assignment uploads to save time in returning marks and feedback.
  • Links to further resources and information available on courses
  • Self-led learning on all courses- study in your own time and work through your assignments at your own pace
  • Safe e-portfolio of your work is kept under lock and key on our secure servers
  • Progress bar to show the work you have completed and how many tasks you still have to complete on your course
  • Detailed help centre with step-by-step instructions on getting the most from your course and how to upload assignments and contact your tutor


The CACHE Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Workforce is a knowledge and skills-based qualification. You must have a job or voluntary placement in an early years setting that cares for children from birth to 5 years to complete this course. The course is assessed by both knowledge-based written assignments and practical tasks (including work products, workplace observations and professional discussions).

You must have a Workplace Assessor for this qualification. This person must have the following:

  • A full Level 3 license to practice in Early Years
  • A fully up-to-date CV and CPD record
  • Be a senior member of staff with some form of experience mentoring others
  • The ability to undergo 3 standardisation sessions (these last up to 1 hour each)
  • The ability to observe your practice in the workplace for 4 activities (these will take around 90 minutes each)

If you are unsure if a colleague meets these requirements prior to enrolling, please contact our support team who will be happy to provide further guidance.


To pass this qualification, learners must complete 23 units. These are completed through a variety of tasks including written assignments, practical observations, work products and professional discussions. The course also requires you to undertake a Longitudinal Study where you track the progress of one specific child over a period of time.

Enrolment Length

All of our courses are allocated plenty of time for students to complete their studies and all materials are self-led so that you can complete the course at your own pace. Should you require additional time on one of our courses you can extend your enrolment by 30 days for an additional fee of £60.

As well as this we operate a 14 day money back guarantee on every one of our qualifications- that’s how confident we are of how you will love studying with us!

CACHE Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Workforce Course Content

Included in this CACHE Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Workforce course are the following units:

Unit 1.1 – Support healthy lifestyles for children through the provision of food and nutrition

Unit 1.2 – Support healthy lifestyles for children through exercise

Unit 1.3 – Support physical care routines for children

Unit 1.4 – Promote children’s emotional well-being

Unit 1.5 – Understand how to support children who are unwell

Unit 2.2 – Understand legislation relating to the safeguarding, protection and welfare of children

Unit 2.3 – Use legislation relating to the health and safety of children

Unit 2.4 – Follow legislation relating to equality, diversity and inclusive practice

Unit 2.5 – Working in partnership

Unit 4.1 – Engage in professional development

Unit 3.1 – Understand the value of play in Early Years

Unit 3.2 – Plan, lead and review play opportunities which support children’s learning and development

Unit 3.4 – Promote enabling play environments

Unit 3.5 – Developing children’s emergent literacy skills

Unit 3.6 – Developing children’s emergent mathematical skills

Unit 3.7 – Support children’s transition to school

Unit 3.9 – Develop children’s cognitive skills

Unit 3.10 – Promote children’s speech, language and communication

Unit 3.11 – Promoting children’s physical development

Unit 3.12 – Promoting children’s personal, social and emotional development.

Unit 3.13 – Support children with additional needs

Unit 3.14 – Use observation, assessment and planning to promote the development of children

Unit 3.15 – Use longitudinal studies to observe, assess and plan for children’s needs


The most important tool on this CACHE Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Workforce course for students is their tutor. When studying for a course with us you are assigned a personal tutor with in-depth knowledge and experience in your chosen subject.

You are strongly advised to make use of your tutors expertise and ask questions about the course content. Your assignments are marked by your personal tutor and detailed feedback is given. As well as this your tutor will provide you with pointers and advice on where you can improve- this helps you to get the most from your courses and constantly improve your skills.


CACHE Certification

This qualification comes with Cache certification included at no additional cost. Cache are the UK’s leading awarding body in the care and education sectors and are work-renowned for the work which they do. Their courses are seen as an industry standard and many employers specifically request Cache certification when recruiting new people into a role.

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The Online Learning College are a Cache international centre and we work closely with subject specialists at the awarding body to create the best possible content for all of our qualifications. Since 1945, Cache have been working within the education and care sectors and have amassed a high amount of expertise and recognition for their work both at home and overseas.

You can read more about Cache by visiting their website.


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Frequently Asked Questions

Is the CACHE Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Workforce Course regulated?

Yes this course is fully regulated through Ofqual which means it is recognised by all employers and linked to national standards. This qualification is a full license to practice and allows you to work in ratios as a Level 3 practitioner. The course has qualification number 601/2629/2 and a total qualification time of 610 hours. CACHE are one of the largest awarding bodies in the UK and are now part of the NCFE brand. They have historically worked only in the education and care sectors and CACHE courses are seen as the leading brand for qualifications in care. This means that employers recognised these qualifications and they lead to a higher chance of employment.

What is included in the cost of the CACHE Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Workforce course?

The cost of this course includes everything needed to pass. Your lessons, tutor support and certification costs are all included in the price with no additional costs at any stage.

What entry requirements are there for this course?

There are no entry requirements for this course at all. Anyone can study for this certification and there is no need to have any prior knowledge or experience.

How long do I have to study?

This CACHE Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Workforce course has an enrolment length of 18 months included from the date you enrol. This is plenty of time to complete the assignments but you can purchase additional time for £60 per month should you need longer to finish the assignments.

Do I have to sit an exam?

No, there are no exams on this course. Everything is assessed through coursework which you can submit at any time within the enrolment length.

Am I assigned a tutor for this course?

Yes – all students are assigned to a personal tutor who will be in charge of your tuition. The same tutor marks all of your work as well as being available to answer any questions you may have throughout your enrolment period.

Do I need to be working to do the CACHE Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Workforce?

Yes, you will need a placement or to be working in an early years setting for this course. This is because there are some practical assignments which you will need to complete. You must work in an Early Years for a minimum of 350 hours and have these hours logged in order to complete the qualification.

Can I speak to someone before I enrol?

Of course. Our helpful course advisors are on hand from 9am until 5pm Monday to Friday. Contact us on our online chat or by calling 0800 772 0887 to discuss this course.

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CACHE Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Workforce
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Original price was: £2,499.00.Current price is: £1,499.00.