Childcare and Education (Early Years Educator) CACHE Level 3 Certificate and Diploma
- Course length
- 1 year full-time (Certificate) 1 year full-time (Diploma)
There is strong demand for caring, skilled individuals to work with young children in a variety of settings, from playgroups and nurseries to schools.
The course is suitable for those wanting to work with children from birth to five years old. It will provide you with a licence to practice and the status of Early Years Educator.
Completing our Level 3 Diploma will show you have been trained to the highest standards and are equipped with the best early years training available.
Why should I choose this course?
- You will learn about childcare and education including supporting young children and keeping them safe
- You will help children to develop through learning activities and play
- You will complete 350 placement hours, supported by a professional in a real work environment
- There are great opportunities to enter the workforce – or progress to higher level qualifications
- You will be qualified to take on a wide variety of roles – at home and abroad
- Many of the roles have family-friendly working hours
- You will become an Early Years Educator
"I really enjoy the practical parts of the course, including the work placement. You get to put what you have learned into practice. I have gained a lot from the educational trips as well. I am interested in working with children with special educational needs in future and can’t wait to get started."
Why maths and English are so important to your career
Achieving a good level of English and maths is important so that you can compete in today’s labour market and securing the career you’ve always wanted. Alongside your full-time course, students will continue to develop their English and maths skills. If you haven’t yet achieved GCSE grade C in English and maths at 16 you will continue to study these by resits or by taking Functional Skills at an appropriate level.
Mathematics is very important in all aspects of the Early Years Education sector industry.
- For young children, the learning basic numbers and their differences is a key foundation block in their learning and central to the National Curriculum.
- In a nursery, the ability to calculate parent payments in very important.
- Accurate spelling and a wide and specialist vocabulary are key when working with children and parents
- Good quality Speaking and Listening skills are needed when communicating with colleagues, children and parents
- The National Curriculum requires that children develop good English skills in speaking and written communication
- Accurate reading is a vital skill when using medical documents as well as when following Health and Safety guidelines
- Secure English is important when preparing a CV
Uniform and kit costs
This course incurs additional costs for uniform and kit. The approximate cost is £30. Please be aware that prices are subject to change each year. Exact costs, as well as information on how to order the required items, will be provided prior to enrolment.
You may be eligible for The Learner Support fund, which assists college students with course-related costs such as essential uniform equipment and travel. For more information, please visit our Financial Support for College Students page.
- Ideally, you will require a minimum of 4 GCSEs at grade 4 (grade C) or above, or equivalent, including English Language at grade 4 (grade C) and maths at grade 3 (grade D) or Functional Skills Level 2.
- Alternatively, a relevant level 2 qualification (must also include English Language at grade 4 (grade C) and maths at grade 3 (grade D) or Functional Skills Level 2).
- Or at least 2 years’ relevant work experience.
- You should be committed, enthusiastic and have a desire to succeed in the Early years and care sector.
- School applicants will be required to provide a good school report, which must include attendance.
This course requires a Disclosure and Barring Service check (DBS). UCB will co-ordinate and fund the completion of the DBS check.
You will need to buy a uniform to wear during your placement. If you have any concerns with the cost of the uniform please discuss this with us before joining the course as we may be able to help meet some of the expense.
What will I study?
- Providing Safe Environments for Children
- Child Health
- Play and Learning
- Understanding Children’s Additional Needs
- Observation, Assessment and Planning
- Professional Practice Portfolio
- Supporting Literacy
- Supporting Maths
- Preparing School Readiness
- International Perspectives
- Reflective Practice for Professional Development
- Professional Partnership in Early Years
- Professional Practice Portfolio 2
Your study programme
In addition to your full-time course every student has an individual study programme which ensures that you develop the right skills and experience to progress onto either higher education or gain employment. What’s included in your individual study programme will vary depending on what you have already achieved and your career aspirations.
For example; if you haven’t yet achieved GCSE grade 4 (grade C) in English and maths at 16 you will continue to study these by resits or by taking Functional Skills at an appropriate level. Achieving a good level of English and maths is important so that you can compete in today’s labour market and securing the career you’ve always wanted.
Work placement will form an essential part of your individual study programme and all students will be expected to complete an appropriate work placement related to their full-time course.
To find out more about the work placement opportunities for this course, click on the ‘Work Placement’ tab above.
This course has a mandatory placement. You will be required to complete two days per week on practical training, where you will be placed in an appropriate setting with children such as a day nursery, nursery school or a specialist placement.
Placements are organised by a specialised team of Employability Tutors based in hired@UCB who will also visit you out on placement to ensure that you gain the right practical skills.
A work placement not only gives you valuable experience, it also:
- Helps you to apply what you’re learning into practice
- It gives you a better understanding of how a company or organisation works
- Helps you to develop essential skills such as time management, social and communication skills and the ability to work as part of a team
- Enriches your CV
- Enhances a UCAS application and personal statement should you wish to progress to higher education
- Helps you to consider wider future employment opportunities
At UCB we have a specialised team of Employability Tutors based in hired@UCB (located on the 7th floor at Summer Row) who will provide you with the necessary skills in order to source a work placement.
If students are passionate about their career choice, work placements are vital
A set of achievements, skills, understanding and personal attributes make a student more likely to gain employment and be successful in their chosen occupation, which benefits themselves and the work force.
School of Education, Health and Community (Early Years)
All courses in this school have mandatory placements. Students studying Early Years will be required to complete two days per week on placement in an appropriate setting working with Children. Placements are organised by a specialised team of Employability Tutors based in hired@UCB who will also visit you out on placement to ensure that you gain the right practical skills.
Our students have gone on to work as nursery supervisors, pre-school leaders, playgroup leaders, special education needs support assistants, nursery nurses, nannies, childminders, teaching assistants and children’s representatives on cruise liners and at holiday resorts.You could also choose to join the degree or foundation degree in Childhood Studies, which is available at UCB.
The team at hired@UCB – our student placement and careers service – can help you with advice, information and guidance in finding a job. They can help you develop your work-related skills.
Based in new facilities on the 7th floor of our Summer Row campus, the hired@UCB team comprises specialist staff to help with:
- Careers advice and guidance
- Placements, work experience and volunteering
- Unitemps – UCB's recruitment agency
- Employer engagement
- Part-time and seasonal work
- Internships, apprenticeships and traineeships
- Alumni support
Find out more about hired@UCB services.
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Childcare and Education (Early Years Educator)
Childcare and Education (Early Years Educator)