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Early Years Workforce (Early Years Educator) Level 3

  • Overview of the course

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    The CACHE Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Workforce prepares you to become an Early Years Educator, enabling you to work with children from birth to 5 years and gain knowledge of children aged 5 to 7 years. This course is delivered part time for learners aged 19 years and above, leading to a nationally recognised qualification for working with children.
  • What can I expect to learn?

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    Learners will study complete multiple units following 4 themes: Health and well-being; Understand legislation, frameworks and professional practice; Play, development and learning for school readiness and Professional development. All units need to be completed to achieve the Diploma.
  • What qualification will I be awarded if I successfully complete the course?

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    Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Workforce (Early Years Educator) (QCF)
  • How will I be assessed?

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    Assessment is a combination of direct observation within a workplace, portfolio of evidence and written assignments. Work/placement hours are 15 hours per week for a minimum of 30 weeks up to 45 weeks and must include working with 0-1 year 11 months, 2-2 years 11 months and 3-5 years. A longitudinal study will also be completed to observe, assess and plan for the needs of children.
  • How can I progress after this course?

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    On successful completion of the course learners may be able to progress onto the Foundation Degree (Early Years Childhood Studies), whilst others may gain employment as a qualified Nursery Nurse, in a variety of childcare settings, such as, nurseries, schools, children’s centres and hospitals or as a Childminder. After 2 years post qualifying experience you may also wish to move on to the Healthcare Play Specialist (Level 4/5).
  • What do I need to join the course?

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    Applicants must be in paid work in a child care setting or voluntary in a placement for a minimum of 15 hours with the opportunity to work at a supervisory level in a real work environment to gain Level 3 evidence. Evidence of recent, relevant study at an appropriate level is required e.g. Level 2 CCLD/CYPW/EYE.
    GCSE English and Maths Grade C or above.
    Applicants must have substantial experience of working with children in a group situation and show a real desire and commitment to work with children. There will be an informal interview, which may include a short written assessment.
  • Is there anything else I need to know?

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    Not at this point.
  • Who can I speak to about this course?

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    Our Central Admin Team on 01204 482301
  • I'm interested, what do I need to do next?

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    You can attend our adult information event by selecting this link:
  • Course Fees

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    Other fees: £2882.00
  • Additional Information

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    All learners will complete an individual learning plan which will be discussed with their tutor throughout the course.


    You may not have to pay tuition fees at all, if you fall into one of the groups eligible for fee exemptions. If you feel you may be eligible or would like someone to explain course fees in more detail, please call our helpline on 01204 482 000.

    Adult Learners

    Adult learners (19+) must bring their qualification certificates with them to enrolment. Learners will not be able to enrol without this information. If you have lost any certificates please contact your school in the first instance. If they are unable to provide a copy, you can contact one of the following exam boards (your school will be able to tell you which one you need):
    If you are unable to provide certificates you will be asked to complete a self declaration form when you enrol.


    Our Helpline can provide you with general information regarding studying at Bolton College. We also offer advice and guidance meetings to help you decide your next move. Please call 01204 482 000.
    Lines are open :
    • during term time : Monday to Thursday between 8:45am and 7pm (5pm on Fridays)
    • out of term : Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm

    Bolton College endeavours to ensure that the information provided in this document is accurate. All courses are offered subject to student numbers and the College reserves the right to amend, withdraw or amalgamate any of the courses, fees, services, locations or facilities described at any time.

    Equalities Statement

    The College will treat all members of the community equally and will not favour any particular individual or group. English is our principal language but we will endeavour to provide information relating to this document in other formats and languages. If customers require this type of support they should contact email the Customer Services Manager at or alternatively call 01204 482 040 or visit us at Deane Road, Bolton, BL3 5BG.

    Safeguarding Statement

    Bolton College are committed to ensuring that learners have a right to feel safe wherever they learn, in the classroom on or online. If you have any personal safety or other worries, for example, feeling bullied; being made to feel uncomfortable or experiencing an inappropriate situation when you are attending college, please speak to the tutor, someone in the Learning Centre Reception or contact the College Safeguarding Team on 01204 482180 or 01204 482758.

    Enrolment Details

    To enrol at one of our Community Learning Centres or our main Deane Road Campus click here for enrolment times.
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  • Time:

    18:00 - 21:00
    6.00 (Hrs Per Week)

  • Duration:

    36 weeks

  • Venue:

    Deane Road Campus

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