Early Years Workforce - Level 3 Diploma (CACHE)
Qualification Obtained: Diploma for the Early Years Workforce (Early Years Educator) (QCF)
This qualiﬁcation provides an in-depth understanding of the knowledge and skills required when working directly with children aged 0 – 5 years.
It covers all aspects of work with children aged 0 – 5 years with additional knowledge regarding children 5 – 7 years.
Course Entry Requirements
In order to access this course the following entry requirements must be met:
- Written confirmation from a nursery/nurseries or early year provider/s that they are willing to provide you with a placement on a weekly basis for the full duration of the course. Consideration must be given to the need to gain experience from 0 – 5 years.
- Although GCSE Grade C in maths and English are not required to start the course, learners need to be aware that this qualification does not represent a full Level 3 License to Practice until these have been achieved. Learners who do not currently have these qualifications will be supported to begin to work towards upskilling their maths and English qualifications
Career Options and Progression
With this qualification you will meet be able work within the early year’s sector in a variety of roles. This could include working in nurseries, children’s centres and in reception classes in schools. This could include working with children with a range of special educational needs, behavioural and emotional difficulties. The role that you take may be dependent on you also having the required GCSEs in maths and English at grade C. This would enable you to be counted in ratios and take on supervisory roles such as room leader and assistant management positions.
Following on from this qualification, learners will have the opportunity to progress onto a Level 4 Early Years Advanced Practitioner qualification and/or a Foundation Degree either in Professional Practice in Early Years or Family Support and Well Being. Both of these involve attending College 1 day a week for 2 years.
Modules and Assessment
As part of this course you will study a range of modules based around 4 themes:
- Health and well-being (inc. healthy lifestyles, nutrition, supporting children who are unwell, emotional well-being)
- Legislation, frameworks and professional practice (Inc. health and safety, safeguarding, working with other agencies, equality and inclusion)
- Play, development and learning for school readiness (Inc. play, literacy, numeracy, child development, working with children with additional needs, speech and language development)
- Professional development
In order to gain your qualification you will be required to build a Portfolio of evidence. This may include completion of written tasks, posters, leaflets and training materials. You will be required to draw on work products such as nursery policies and guidelines. You will be required to prepare to use within your placement that will then be observed by your assessor.
Teaching and Learning Methods
You will attend College for a 3 hour session each week (6 pm – 9 pm) on Tuesdays during term time from September 2016 until Dec 2017. These sessions will include group delivery and group activities and discussions with 1-1 support also provided. You will be assigned a group tutor who will support you in the collation of your written evidence and an assessor who will attend your placement and assess your competence in the workplace. It is anticipated that your assessor will conduct a minimum of 8 workplace assessments and that you will also undergo professional discussions with your assessor. You will also undertake 2 longitudinal studies.
Work Placement and Field Trips
Learners are required to source their own placement prior to enrolment. This will need to be confirmed in writing at the time of enrolment. Placement commitment should be for at least 6 hours a week for the full duration of the course. Once a placement is sourced it is essential that you work with the setting to ensure that the DBS application (criminal records check) is processed with your placement as soon as possible.
All staff involved in the delivery of adult education courses within the College are approved to teach the subjects and modules they deliver. The approval process ensures that staff delivering a given programme are appropriately qualified and, where appropriate, possess relevant vocational and industrial experience and professional practice.
There are no other costs associated with this course.
There is no specific equipment required to complete this qualification although there is a requirement to have a weekly placement for the full duration of the course. This should be at least 350 across all age ranges 0 – 5 years.
The recommended text for the course is Level 3 Early Years Educator for the Work-Based by Penny Tassoni (2014)
Regulation and Accreditation
This qualification is a QCF (Qualifications and Credits Framework) qualification. This accreditation means that it is recognised nationally as meeting relevant and appropriate standards.
Terms and Conditions
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