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Early Years and Childcare

Level 3 CACHE Award in Childcare and Education

Full Time

Course Overview

This one-year course will provide you with the foundation skills needed to work in a childcare setting. You will learn about how to keep children safe, communicating with children and adults and supporting children’s play and learning. You will gain real life experience through 250 hours of work placement as part of this course. You will be required to have a DBS clearance check.

Course Content

The course is structured around four themes:

  • Introducing the role of the early years practitioner
  • Legislation, framework and professional practice
  • Play, development and learning for school readiness
  • Professional development

Units studied include:

  • Support physical care routines for children
  • An introduction to the role of the early year's practitioner
  • Understand how to work in partnership
  • Understand legislation relating to the safeguarding protection and welfare of children
  • Use legislation relating to the health and safety of children
  • Use legislation relating to equality, diversity and inclusive practice
  • Understand how to plan to meet the needs of the developing child
  • Supporting children's play
  • Support children's play in early years
  • Support the needs of the child in preparing for school
  • Supporting children's development
  • Use observation, assessment and planning
  • Support children's positive behaviour.

Entry Requirement

You will need four GCSEs at grade D/3 (preferably to include English, maths and a science) or successful completion of our Future Pathways course.


All units will be internally assessed using a range of methods. This could include direct observation within the workplace, a portfolio of evidence, written assignments or a task.

Some learning outcomes within this qualification will require assessment in a real working environment.

Where does this course lead to

Level 3 Cache Diploma in Childcare and Education

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Course Outline

Course Code: PF51
Study Mode: Full Time
Location: Basingstoke
Start Date: 06/09/2021
Duration: 1 Year
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