Early Years Workforce (Early Years Educator) Diploma CACHE (RQF) Level 3

Important Notice

Successful completion of this, Early Years Workforce (Early Years Educator) Diploma CACHE (RQF, course requires you to have a 350 hour work placement with an Early Years Provider.

This Early Years Workforce (Early Years Educator) Diploma CACHE (RQF) Level 3 requires a 350 hour placement in order to successfully complete this course.

Overview

Why choose the CACHE Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Workforce (Early Years Educator)?

All parents and guardians want to be sure their small children are expertly cared for and educated by people who really understand them. This CACHE Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Workforce (Early Years Educator) is designed to ensure all early years practitioners can work safely and wisely with children between the ages of 0-5 years.

If you are already working in an early years setting – perhaps assisting in a nursery, or with learning support at school, you’ll find this course helps you understand the full breadth of the Early Years Educator role and the different ways in which you can support children’s learning in early years settings. If you don’t yet work in the sector, you will get a huge amount of very useful information and skills from studying this course, which will help you when it comes to applying for work.

You’ll cover healthy lifestyles, emotional well being, how to develop children’s emerging literacy and numeracy, and also how to support children with additional needs. The comprehensive nature of this course means you will cover everything you need to work effectively and supportively with small children in an educational environment.

Because this course is distance learning, you will have the flexibility to study in your own time and still be able to carry out your existing commitments of work and family life.

What’s the deal with the work placement?

To complete the CACHE Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Workforce (Early Years Educator), you are required to complete 350 hours of a work placement. This is a compulsory part of the course, but can be voluntary or paid, so if you already work or volunteer in an early years setting, you will already be doing at least some of this work. You will be responsible for arranging your own placement, so if you aren’t currently employed or volunteering in a relevant role, you should look into it as soon as possible. The work placement will enable you to make connections with employers prior to you completing your course, which could stand you in good stead for future job applications. In addition, the experience you gain during your work placement will be valuable for your CV.

You will be provided with a comprehensive guide to setting up your placement, including details of the sorts of activities you will need to complete. If you are already in an early years role, but you don’t normally do these activities with the children you support, you will need to make further arrangements to ensure you fulfil the requirements of the course.

Overview of work placements

In order to successfully complete a Early Years Workforce (Early Years Educator) Diploma CACHE (RQF) Level 3 qualification you are required to complete a compulsory work placement. The work placement can be paid or voluntary and each learner is responsible for arranging their own placement.

Along with their first set of course materials, learners will receive a comprehensive guide giving them plenty of information on what is required during the placement, how to set it up and the types of activities that they will need to complete (including examples of the types of evidence that will need to be submitted).

Modules for this course

Module 1: Support healthy lifestyles for children through the provision of food and nutrition (L/505/9300)

The learning outcomes for this module are:

  • Understand the impact of food and nutrition on children’s health and development
  • Understand how food choices impact on health and development during pre-pregnancy, pregnancy and breastfeeding
  • Understand the nutritional needs of children
  • Understand the impact of poor diet on children’s health and development
  • Understand individuals’ dietary requirements and preferences
  • Be able to support healthy eating in own setting

Module 2: Promote healthy lifestyles for children through exercise (A/505/9809)

The learning outcomes for this module are:

  • Understand children’s need for exercise
  • Be able to support children’s exercise in an indoor and outdoor space

Module 3: Support physical care routines for children (M/505/9810)

The learning outcomes for this module are:

  • Understand the physical care needs of children
  • Be able to use hygienic practice to minimise the spread of infection
  • Understand rest and sleep needs of children
  • Understand childhood immunisation
  • Be able to support children in personal physical care routines

Module 4: Promote children’s emotional well-being (T/505/9811)

The learning outcomes for this module are:

  • Understand children’s needs in relation to emotional well-being
  • Understand the requirements for promoting emotional well-being in relation to current frameworks
  • Understand the needs of children during transition and significant events
  • Be able to promote the emotional well-being of children in own setting

Module 5: Understand how to support children who are unwell (A/505/9812)

The learning outcomes for this module are:

  • Know common childhood illnesses
  • Know the signs of ill health in children
  • Understand legal requirements for reporting notifiable diseases
  • Understand the role of the early years practitioner in minimising ill health in children
  • Understand care routines when a child is ill
  • Understand how to support children for planned hospital admission
  • Understand the therapeutic role of play in hospitals
  • Understand the role of the early years practitioner when supporting children who are chronically ill

Module 6: Understand legislation relating to the safeguarding, protection and welfare of children (F/505/9813)

The learning outcomes for this module are:

  • Understand legislation and guidelines for the safeguarding, protection and welfare of children
  • Understand policies and procedures for the safeguarding, protection and welfare of children
  • Understand how to respond to evidence or concerns that a child has been abused or harmed
  • Understand the purpose of serious case reviews

Module 7: Follow legislation relating to the health and safety of children (J/505/9814)

The learning outcomes for this module are:

  • Understand legislation and guidelines for health and safety
  • Understand policies and procedures for health and safety
  • Be able to manage risk within an environment which provides challenge for children
  • Be able to identify, record and report accidents, incidents and emergencies

Module 8: Follow legislation relating to equality, diversity and inclusive practice (L/505/9815)

The learning outcomes for this module are:

  • Understand how legislation, policies and procedures inform equality, diversity and inclusive practice
  • Be able to use information, advice and support to promote equality, diversity and inclusion
  • Be able to work in ways which support equality, diversity and inclusive practice

Module 9: Working in partnership (R/505/9816)

The learning outcomes for this module are:

  • Understand the principles of partnership working in relation to current frameworks when working with children
  • Understand how to work in partnership
  • Understand challenges to partnership working
  • Be able to work with parents/carers in a way which encourages them to take an active role in their child’s play, learning and development
  • Be able to complete records

Module 10: Understand the value of play in early years (Y/505/9817)

The learning outcomes for this module are:

  • Understand the role of play
  • Understand children’s rights in relation to play
  • Understand play at different stages of children’s development
  • Understand different types of play for all children
  • Understand inclusive play practice

Module 11: Plan, lead and review play opportunities which support children’s learning and development (D/505/9818)

The learning outcomes for this module are:

  • Understand theoretical perspectives and philosophical approaches which support play
  • Be able to apply theoretical perspectives and philosophical approaches in planning play opportunities
  • Be able to lead and support play opportunities
  • Be able to review how planned play opportunities contribute to own practice

Module 12: Promote enabling play environments (H/505/9819)

The learning outcomes for this module are:

  • Understand the play environment
  • Understand how the early years practitioner supports children’s behaviour and socialisation within play environments
  • Be able to support children’s behaviour and socialisation within play environments
  • Understand how the characteristics of an enabling indoor and outdoor play environment meet the age, stage and needs of children
  • Be able to provide enabling play environments
  • Be able to plan and lead opportunities which support children’s understanding of the world
  • Be able to plan and lead opportunities which encourage children’s engagement in expressive arts and design

Module 13: Developing children’s emergent literacy skills (Y/505/9820)

The learning outcomes for this module are:

  • Understand the language and communication needs of children
  • Be able to support children’s language and communication needs
  • Understand strategies which support emergent literacy
  • Be able to use strategies to plan and lead activities which support emergent literacy
  • Be able to review how planned activities support emergent literacy
  • Be able to work with parents/carers in a way which encourages them to take an active role in their child’s play, learning and development

Module 14: Developing children’s emergent mathematical skills (D/505/9821)

The learning outcomes for this module are:

  • Understand how mathematics relates to children’s everyday lives
  • Understand how working with others supports children’s emergent mathematical development
  • Understand how to create an environment which supports children’s emergent mathematical development
  • Understand the role of the early years practitioner in relation to supporting children’s emergent mathematical development
  • Understand how opportunities support children’s emergent mathematical development
  • Be able to implement activities to support children’s emergent mathematical development
  • Be able to review how planned activities support children’s emergent mathematical development
  • Be able to work with parents/carers in a way which encourages them to take an active role in their child’s play, learning and development

Module 15: Support children’s transition to school (H/505/9822)

The learning outcomes for this module are:

  • Understand ‘school readiness’ in relation to the role of the early years practitioner
  • Understand ‘school readiness’ in relation to the current framework
  • Be able to work in partnership with others to support children’s readiness for school

Module 16: Develop children’s cognitive skills (K/505/9823)

The learning outcomes for this module are:

  • Understand about cognitive development in children
  • Understand theory underpinning cognitive development
  • Be able to implement a learning experience which supports the development of sustained shared thinking in children
  • Be able to evaluate the provision for supporting cognitive development in own setting

Module 17: Promote children’s speech, language and communication (M/505/9824)

The learning outcomes for this module are:

  • Understand theory and current frameworks which underpin children’s speech, language and communication development
  • Understand how the early years practitioner supports the development of speech, language and communication of children
  • Be able to create a language rich environment to develop the speech, language and communication of children in own setting
  • Be able to lead activities which support the development of speech, language and communication of children

Module 18: Promoting children’s physical development (A/505/9826)

The learning outcomes for this module are:

  • Understand physical development of children
  • Understand theory and current frameworks in relation to children’s physical development
  • Be able to implement opportunities which promote the physical development of children

Module 19: Promoting children’s personal, social and emotional development (T/505/9825)

The learning outcomes for this module are:

  • Understand personal, social and emotional development of children
  • Understand theory and current frameworks underpinning personal, social and emotional development of children
  • Be able to promote the personal, social and emotional development of children
  • Be able to implement an opportunity which promotes the personal, social and emotional development of children

Module 20: Support children with additional needs (F/505/9827)

The learning outcomes for this module are:

  • Understand biological, environmental and developmental factors which may result in children needing additional support
  • Understand how personal experiences, values and beliefs impact on the role of the early years practitioner
  • Understand the principles of inclusive practice
  • Understand the role of early intervention in partnership working
  • Be able to support the additional needs of children
  • Be able to critically evaluate the provision for children with additional needs in own setting

Module 21: Use observation, assessment and planning to promote the development of children (J/505/9828)

The learning outcomes for this module are:

  • Understand the role of observation when working with children
  • Understand observation methods
  • Understand professional practice in relation to the observation of children
  • Be able to carry out observations in own setting in line with current frameworks
  • Be able to work with parents/carers in a way which encourages them to take an active role in their child’s play, learning and development

Module 22: Use longitudinal studies to observe, assess and plan for children’s needs (L/505/9829)

The learning outcomes for this module are:

  • Understand the purpose of undertaking Longitudinal Studies
  • Be able to use observations to assess and plan for the developmental needs of children in line with current frameworks
  • Be able to critically evaluate the outcomes of Longitudinal Studies

Module 23: Engage in professional development (F/505/9830)

The learning outcomes for this module are:

  • Understand professional development
  • Understand theoretical perspectives in relation to reflection
  • Be able to use reflective practice to contribute to own professional development

Requirements

Although this course does not require any formal qualifications, a 350-hour work placement during the course is compulsory. Because this placement needs to cover three age groups (all under five years), you may need to find more than one placement.

Your work placements must enable you to support children in the following age groups:

  •  0 - 1 year 11 months (working with babies) for 25 hours;
  • 2 – 2 years 11 months (working with toddlers) for 133 hours;
  • and 3 – 5 years (working with pre-school children) for 192 hours.

You may already work in an environment that supports children in all three age ranges from 0-5 years, and if this is the case, you will not need to do a further placement in another setting.

You’ll gather practical evidence for working with all age groups in all units of the course, so it is recommended you complete the hours for each age range on an on-going basis while you study, rather than trying to get it all in at the end or in one go.

Assessment

Each lesson comes with its own question paper, which you will complete and submit to your assessor. In some cases, you’ll be asked for audio-visual evidence for some of the competency-based assignments.

Because the Diploma for the Early Years Workforce (Early Years Educator) continually assesses your progress in this way, your assessor will be able to monitor your progress and provide assistance when it is needed.

Each question paper will take you at least 1-2 hours to complete. The course as a whole is estimated to take around 486 hours to complete.

Qualification number: 60126292

To gain the qualification you will need to successfully complete all the units in the course.
Please note: Online access is required in order to complete this course.

CACHE

On completion of this course you will receive the CACHE Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Workforce (Early Years Educator) (QCF) qualification. This qualification is listed on the QCF (Qualification Number: 601/2629/2).

CACHE is the UK's only specialist awarding organisation for the children and adult care sectors. CACHE continue to develop the most up to date and relevant qualifications for the new QCF and work closely with Sector Skills Councils to ensure the highest level of quality and a cutting-edge service to their customers, our learners, and the sector.

Developing your career

How can I follow up my CACHE Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Workforce (Early Years Educator)?

Completing this course means you will be equipped with the skills, strategies, and knowledge needed to work as an Early Years Educator. You will be able to apply for work in this role in any of the statutory, private, or voluntary sectors, and help support the learning and development of children from 0- 5 years.

Some of the roles you could apply for include early years, day nursery or pre-school practitioners, reception class teacher, nursery nurse, nursery practitioner, child minder, nanny, or home-based child carer.

This level 3 diploma will stand out on your CV and demonstrates commitment to your chosen field, so your future employers will know you have the skills and the desire to succeed at any role you choose in the future.

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Further Information

Course ref: 60126292

Course starts: Anytime

Guided Learning Hours: 486

Modules: 23

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