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CACHE Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Workforce (Early Years Educator) 
 
The CACHE Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Workforce (Early Years Educator) prepares learners to become Early Years Educators, enabling them 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. 
 
Who is this qualification suitable for? 
This qualification is suitable for a range of learners, either working or wishing to work in early years education and care. 
 
What are CACHE's entry requirements? 
You should be at least 16 years old.  
 
Other requirements? 
All learners who achieve an Early Years Educator qualification will need GCSE English and maths A*-C to count in the ratios at level 3 in childcare settings. 
 
How is this qualification structured? 
 
We have structured the units around four themes: 
• Theme 1: Health and well-being 
• Theme 2: Legislation, frameworks and professional practice 
• Theme 3: Play, development and learning for school readiness 
 
Learners must achieve: 
• 23 mandatory units 
• 486 guided learning hours (GLH). 
 
How is it assessed? 
To gain this qualification the learner will need to: 
• Pass all units 
• Complete longitudinal study 
• Show competence in a real work 0environment 
 
Do you need to have access to practical placement? 
Placements are required for achievement of this qualification. A minimum of 350 placement hours is required. During placement, learners will need support from a professional within the real work environment who will be required to complete professional development records. 
 
You will also need to complete a 'longitudinal study' on one child, over a period of at least 6 weeks.  
 
How long does it take to complete? 
This qualification will take 1-2 years to complete depending on experience. 
 
What related qualifications can you progress to? 
Learners can progress to the CACHE Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Health and Social Care and Children and Young People's Services (England) (QCF) or other higher level early years qualifications. 
 
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