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Childcare & Early Years Education

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The aim of this qualification is to prepare students to work with children between birth and five years with knowledge of children up to seven years or to progress onto the CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Early Years Education and Care (EYE) or the CACHE Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Workforce

Course details

The course is rewarding, challenging and requires a great deal of commitment and motivation. Placement experience is an integral part of the course In order to aid holistic delivery and assessment the units are structured around the following four themes:

  • Theme 1: Introducing the role of the Early Years Practitioner
  • Theme 2: Legislation, frameworks and professional practice
  • Theme 3: Play, development and learning for school
  • Theme 4: Professional development

Placements are required for achievement of this qualification. A minimum of 250 placement hours is required. Placements will be undertaken in at least 2 different settings to cover the age ranges.

Entry guidelines
  • Grade 3/D in English and Maths and either a relevant level 1 qualification or an additional GCSE at 3/D
  • Collect information required for a DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service).
  • Satisfactory interview, assessment, school report and a positive references from your last place of education or training.

If English is not your first language, you may need an assessment before enrolling on this course. To discuss further, please contact the ESOL department on 0151 551 7144.

Assessment Method

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 set by CACHE*.

Additional Information

At interview you will need to:

  • Show evidence of current or projected GCSE results.
  • Demonstrate level 1 English in the assessment and interview which includes speaking, listening, reading and writing.
  • Complete a DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service).
  • Show that you are motivated, committed and have excellent punctuality and attendance.
  • Provide your school report and reference.
  • Present a Record of Achievement from your last school.


Are you aged 16-18?
Study programmes are full-time courses for 16-18 year olds which include:

  • A qualification such as BTEC Extended Diploma
  • Meaningful work experience or preparation for work
  • English and maths, if you don't already have GCSE grade A* - C or Grade 4 or above in English and maths
  • Non-study activities such as tutorials, voluntary work, fund-raising/charity work, sport or trips

Where can I progress to?

When you have successfully completed your course you may be able to progress (although not automatic and ensuring Level 3 entry requirements are met) into the CACHE Level 3 Early Years Educator qualifications and other Level 3 qualifications relating to childcare. There are also many employment opportunities in the Childcare and Education sector, such as Nursery assistant, Classroom assistant, Pre-school assistant and Nanny.

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When does this course run?

  • Starts 04th Sep 2017 - Ends 27th Jun 2018 Ref N088J001

    If you are aged 16-18:

    This study programme will be FREE for most students who are aged 16-18 on 31 August, or students aged 19-24 with an Education, Health & Care Plan.

    If you are aged 19 or over:

    Fee : £600.00

    Depending on your personal circumstances, this course could be FREE for you. Please see our Fees and Discounts leaflet for details, or call 0151 551 7777.

    The fee quoted is for the academic year 2017-18. Course fees for 2018-19 will be confirmed in due course.

    Planned Timetable
    Day Times Campus
    Monday 09:00 — 16:00 12 Quays
    Tuesday 13:00 — 15:00 12 Quays
    Wednesday 10:00 — 15:00 12 Quays
  • Starts 03rd Sep 2018 - Ends 26th Jun 2019 Ref N088K001

    If you are aged 16-18:

    This study programme will be FREE for most students who are aged 16-18 on 31 August, or students aged 19-24 with an Education, Health & Care Plan.

    If you are aged 19 or over:

    Fee : £600.00

    Depending on your personal circumstances, this course could be FREE for you. Please see our Fees and Discounts leaflet for details, or call 0151 551 7777.

    The fee quoted is for the academic year 2017-18. Course fees for 2018-19 will be confirmed in due course.

For advice and guidance, please contact Student Services on 0151 551 7777 or call into our Conway Park Campus Monday to Friday from 10am to 4pm (all year round) and Wednesdays and Thursdays 10am-6.30pm (term time only).

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