Title

Childcare & Early Years Education

CACHE Residential Childcare level 3 Diploma - N099

12 Quays Part Time Level 3

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This course has multiple start dates throughout the year.

This qualification will develop the knowledge and skills needed when working with children and young people in a residential childcare setting including an understanding of child and young person development.

Age range covered is birth to 25 years (extended age range takes account of entitlements for children and young people with complex disabilities or conditions).

CACHE Level 3 Diploma for Residential Childcare (England) serves as the required qualification under The Children's Homes (England) Regulations 2015.

Course Details

The qualification will enable you to gain essential skills and knowledge to support children and young people in residential childcare settings, including: wellbeing and resilience, positive relationships and attachments, health and safety, sexual exploitation, communication, positive behaviour and positive outcomes.

It also offers you the opportunity to cover optional topics which are particularly suited to specific residential childcare and respite care settings.

Entry Guidelines

You will need to be working, volunteering or on practical placement in a residential childcare setting, as you need to show competence in both knowledge and skills.

If you have no previous experience of working in residential childcare, it is recommended that 400 hours be spent in a Real Work Environment.

GCSE Grade 4/C in English and maths (or equivalent).

A relevant Level 2 qualification (or equivalent)

DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service).

A positive reference which must be from your employer or placement.

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.

Office use only. Non Standard 15b.

Equipment Required

To be discussed at interview.

Assessment Method

During placement, you will have support from a Trainer Assessor within the Real Work Environment who will support with the completion of an e-portfolio.

All units will be internally assessed using standard methods: coursework, portfolio of evidence.

All units will be assessed in line with the Skills for Care & Development Assessment Principles.

Additional Information

At interview you will need to:

  • Show evidence of qualifications.
  • Show that you are motivated and committed. Provide a positive reference.
Where can I progress to?

CACHE Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management for Residential Childcare or a Foundation Degree in a related discipline.

Students can also progress to the following job roles, though further professional development/qualification may be required once in post:

  • Residential childcare workers
  • Registered residential childcare managers, plus deputy and assistant managers, deputy and assistant managers in other adult or childcare settings

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Starting 2nd September 2019 - Ending - 26th June 2020REF N099L001

If you are aged 19 or over:

Fee : £2600.00

Please note, there are no discounts for this course. If you are aged 19+, you may be able to apply for a 19+ Advanced Learner Loan (which is available for this course).

Please note, this fee is the cost per year. For Higher Education (HE) courses, student loans are available to most students undertaking a degree, foundation degree, HNC / HND or teacher training programme. Visit https://www.gov.uk/browse/education/student-finance for details

The fee quoted is for the academic year 2019-20.


For advice and guidance, please contact Student Services on 0151 551 7777 or call into our Conway Park Campus. Open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 11 to 4pm and Wednesdays 4 to 6.30pm (term time only).

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