Course Title NCFE/CACHE level 3 Diploma in Childcare and Education Early Years Educator (EYE)
Level: 3
Code Y528

Overview of the Course

This qualification is designed to build the knowledge and skills you will need when working with children. During the course, you will study a wide range of subjects in college, and have the opportunity to put new skills into practice during periods in work placements. You will need to be a reliable and enthusiastic person with sensitivity to the needs of children and be willing to work hard. Successful completion of this course will give you a professional qualification to work with children without supervision in a wide range of different work roles.

What are the career opportunities?

You may choose to go into employment or progress onto a Foundation Degree or Higher Education course with opportunities that could lead to teaching. Career opportunities include Room Leader or progression to Nursery Manager, Teaching Assistant, Children’s Holiday rep. Please note: to be employed as Level 3 Early Years Educator you will need to have English and maths at GCSE grade 4 or Functional skills Level 2.

What are the entry requirements?

Five or more GCSEs at grade A*-C (9-4) including English and preferably maths. Clear DBS check which can be applied for during enrolment.

How long is the course and when can I start?

This is a two year course which starts in September.

How is the course structured and how will I be assessed?

You will alternate between college and placement on a week in and week out basis. One day each week be allocated to study English and maths. You will complete a range of units (16 for the full diploma) topics include: Child development from conception to 7 years, Providing safe environments for children, Play and learning, Observation assessment and planning. The course will be assessed by completion of assignment tasks, and two external assignments, with grading D –A* (equivalent to three A Levels). Maximum of 168 UCAS points.

What employability skills will I develop on this course?

To be successful in a childcare career you will need to have confidence in building relationships with adults and children and enjoy being part of a team. You will also be good at using your initiative and following instructions to maintain the welfare and safety of the children. English and communication skills are particularly important, you need to be able to listen carefully to identify the needs of children, respond effectively to questions in an open and friendly manner and maintain written records activity plans and observations.

Work experience

50% of course experience and assessment will be in a work placement. You will experience working with children from 0-5 years, in various settings including schools and day nurseries.

Study programme enrichment opportunities

Your Childcare Study Programme will support personal development to ensure you make good progress and acquire the skills required for successful progression to employment, or higher education. You will have the opportunity to take part in fundraising events, sport and fitness activities, course related study visits and careers events.

Are there any additional costs or requirements?

A book list is available which will come to a total cost of £30 (books able to loan from library). There is also an optional Childcare uniform, which you may like to purchase.


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