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NCFE CACHE Level 3 Certificate in Childcare and Education

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The NCFE CACHE Level 3 Online Certificate in Childcare and Education from prepares students for the Level 3 Diploma in Childcare and Education (Early Years Educator). It gives students theoretical knowledge of children from birth to age seven as well as hands-on experience working with kids from birth to age five.

UCAS Points

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Delivery Methods

London College of Professional Studies offers its students a variety of flexible delivery modalities. Blended learning, online learning, remote learning, and in-class learning are all examples of this. The form of study can be chosen by the students based on their preferences and convenience.

Learners are able to:

  • Gain Teacher support
  • Access LCPS online portal (24/7 access to our user-friendly learning portal)
  • Acquire Assignments briefing
  • Receive Excellent quality of study notes
  • Obtain Assignment marking and feedback
  • Access Free Online library.
  • Gain Fully accredited UK courses
  • Receive Dedicated customer support via chat, telephone, and email (Monday to Friday)
  • Gain Full support until the completion of the course


NCFE / Cache Ofqual regulated awarding bodies

NCFE / Cache Ofqual regulated awarding bodies


The programme duration is:

  • 10 Months

Course Delivery

  • Online
  • In-Class Learning

Entry Requirements

Learners must be at least 16 years old.

Grade C or higher in math and English from the GCSE or equivalent. You must complete a placement in an early-year setting on the English mainland with the assistance of a workplace mentor.

Module Structure

In order to achieve the Level 3 Certificate in Childcare and Education, learners must pass 8

Unit no. Unit title Level Hours*
Unit 1 Child development from conception to seven years 3 148
Unit 2 Children’s health and well-being 3 79
Unit 3 Providing safe environments for children 3 34
Unit 4 Child health 3 68
Unit 5 Play and learning 3 69
Unit 6 Understanding children’s additional needs 3 34
Unit 7 Observation, assessment, and planning 3 99
Unit 8 Professional Practice Portfolio 1 3 94


Including job roles (where applicable)

Achieving this qualification will allow students to continue on to the NCFE. The NCFE CACHE Level 3 Certificate in Childcare and Education (601/3999/7) and NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Childcare and Education (Early Years Educator) (601/4000/8) are the next steps for learners who have earned this qualification.


NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Workforce (Early Years Educator).

Tutor-marked assignments. Workplace observations.

What could this qualification lead to?

Learners can progress into various unsupervised job roles in the statutory, voluntary, or private sectors such as (this list is not exhaustive):

  • Early Years Educator
  • practitioner in day nurseries
  • practitioner in nursery schools
  • practitioner in reception classes in primary schools
  • pre-school worker
  • home based childcare
  • nanny

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