Early Years Workforce (Early Years Educator)

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Qualification type: Diploma
Level: Level 3
Awarding body CACHE
Academic year: 2017/2018
Start date Sep 2017
Duration 1 year
Location: Darlington College
Attendance: Full time

Course overview

The CACHE Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Workforce (EYE) qualification is a full time programme run over twelve months

This qualification prepares you to become an Early Years Educator, which enables you 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.

Anyone wishing to apply for this course must also complete the suitability declaration form which will be sent to you at the point we invite you to interview.


Entry requirements

5 GCSEs grades A*-C including GCSE maths or English or an appropriate Level 2 childcare qualification and a satisfactory school report.
You must also supply details of two personal referees who are not relatives and the college will formally write to them to obtain up to date references to support your application.
We will also request a school or college report and you will need to attend an interview at the college.




How to enquire/apply

To apply for this course please click the apply button and complete the online application form. If you have any queries with regards to your application or would like further information and support please contact us on 01325 503030.

Studying and learning

Whilst in college you will gain knowledge and understanding of working under supervision with children in a wide range of settings. While you are on placement, you will gain practical experience working with children aged from birth to 5 years. Throughout the programme you will spend two days per week in a practical placement; a minimum of 350 hours split across the age ranges must be achieved over the programme.

In order to aid holistic delivery and assessment the units have been structured around the following four themes:

  • Theme 1: Health and well-being
  • Theme 2: Legislation, frameworks and professional practice
  • Theme 3: Play, development and learning for school readiness
  • Theme 4: Professional development

The programme is made up of 23 mandatory units and all units must be completed.

There are no UCAS points awarded for this programme.






How will I be assessed

You will be assessed by your tutor through a range of methods. This could include direct observation within the workplace, a portfolio of evidence, written assignments.

Complete a longitudinal study set by awarding body and demonstrate competency in a real work environment.

Things you may need

You will need to have a clear Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) check at Enhanced Level.

What next

You can join the work force as an Early Years Educator.



Information, advice and support

Darlington College offers a wide range of support including careers guidance, financial assistance, additional learning support, childcare and many more. For more information on any aspect of student support contact the Student Services Team on 01325 503030 and they will direct your call to the appropriate college support team.

Fees and funding

Full time further education course tuition fees are free if you are 16-18 years of age on August 31 of the calendar year in which you begin your studies, however if you are 19 years or over tuition fees will apply.

What if I need support?

Here at the college we have outstanding support. Our support staff are dedicated to providing you with all the help and guidance you may need throughout your college journey.

You might need help and advice on a wide range of issues such as childcare, counselling and additional learning support. For more information on any aspect of student support contact the Course and Information Team, who will direct your call to the appropriate member of the college support team, call: 01325 503030.

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If you have any questions about this course, send us a message using the form below.

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