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NCFE Cache Level 3 Diploma In Childcare And Education

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Through the NCFE Cache Level 3 Online Diploma in Childcare and Education, students can acquire the skills and information necessary to deal with children from birth to age five. It is envisaged that students who successfully complete the Level 3 Online Diploma in Childcare and Studies would be able to continue their education or find employment as Early Years Educators.

UCAS Points

This qualification has the following UCAS Points – D – 72, C – 96, B – 120, A – 144, A* – 168.

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:

  • Access All course materials, including online modules and written assignments
  • Gain Teacher support
  • Access LCPS online portal (24/7 access to our user-friendly learning portal)
  • Acquire Assignments briefing
  • Receive Excellent quality 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 is available in 2 duration modes:

  • 12 Months
  • 15 Months

Course Delivery

  • Online
  • In-Class Learning

Entry Requirements

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

Module Structure

The NCFE Cache Level 3 Diploma in Childcare and Education requires students to pass 15 necessary courses and meet all the requirements. Learners need to be aware of what the delivery guidance says. Additionally, students must complete one Extended Assessment and an Effective Practice Study Task (externally set, externally marked).

  • This table shows the estimated total hours for each unit. Please see the unit details for a breakdown of guided learning and non-guided learning hours
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
Unit 9 Supporting emergent literacy 3 69
Unit 10 Supporting emergent mathematics 3 69
Unit 11 Preparing for school readiness 3 67
Unit 12 International perspectives 3 68
Unit 13 Reflective practice for professional development 3 115
Unit 14 Professional partnerships in Early Years 3 104
Unit 15 Professional Practice Portfolio 2 3 165


The Level 3 Online Diploma in Childcare and Education (Early Years Educator) equips students to deal with children from birth to age 5 and gain understanding of children from age 5 to age 7 as Early Years Educators.


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

Tutor-marked assignments. Workplace observations.

What is a nested qualification?

This restriction is nestable. Learning to a qualification at the same level and subject within the Award, Certificate, and Diploma structure is possible with qualifications within a nested suite. Through the Portal, self-service is available for this. Our price list includes information about qualification nests and top-up pricing.

Who is it suitable for?

A variety of learners who work in or want to work in early years education and care are eligible for this certificate. The Diploma is appropriate for students who want to continue their study at the university level.

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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