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Childcare and Education: Level 3 Certificate/Diploma

Course information

Course Summary

Students will learn about the development of children aged up to eight and how to care for them.

In your second year you will do a Jamie Oliver Home Cooking Skills BTEC. Learning about safe food preparation and handling and nutrition is excellent preparation for working in childcare as a nanny or in a nursery setting.

Course Code:N4636
Study Type:Full Time
Academic Level:Level 3
Award:Childcare and Education (Early Years Educator): Level 3 NCFE CACHE Certificate/Diploma
Awarded by:NCFE CACHE  
Course Length

One year for Certificate. Second year achieves the Diploma (Early Years Educator).

Course Detail

You will need enthusiasm, commitment and be able to demonstrate real interest and concern for the care of children. You will spend three days in college and two days on work experience every week in three different settings across the two years of the course. You will study the early learning curriculum, anti-discriminatory practice, preparation for employment and complete observation and assessment work with young children. As part of the course you will also undertake a cookery qualification and a paediatric First Aid certificate.

Following successful completion of the Year One certificate, you can progress to the second year diploma (Early Years Educator) in order to be a qualified Early Years practitioner.

You will study subjects including:

  • Development from conception to age 16 years
  • Supporting children
  • Keeping children safe
  • The principles underpinning the role of the practitioner working with children.
  • Promoting a healthy environment for children
  • Play and learning in children's education
  • Caring for children
  • Development of professional skills within children's education
  • 800 hours work experience

As part of this course you will be required to attend an external work placement for a total of 800 hours over the duration of your course, the awarding body determines the number of hours required to pass this qualification.

Course Fees

Fees for 2022/23: £2,282

Please note:

  • Fees are for 2022/23 and relate to home and EU students
  • Students aged 16 to 18, or those aged 16 to 24 who have a valid EHCP, and are studying Further Education courses are not normally charged for course fees
  • For more information about financial support, please click here.

You will also need to pay for cooking and craft materials, at an approximate cost of £75.

Entry Requirements

New Students

Four GCSE’s at grade 4 or above, including English. A satisfactory school reference and once enrolled students will be asked to apply for an Enhanced DBS check before starting the course. We also require a good reference from your school alongside your application.

Progressing students

Progressing students require a Level 2 Diploma at Merit or a C grade equivalent. A satisfactory reference for attitude, behaviour, attendance and punctuality.

Your Next Steps

This course enables students to either go on to further study at university or directly into employment. Career opportunities are exciting and include, nursery nurse in a primary school, special needs school, special care baby unit, paediatric hospital ward, day nursery, qualified nanny (UK or abroad), or a holiday company childcare representative.

Potential career routes in the Childcare industry:

  • Childminder
  • Children’s nurse
  • Crèche assistant
  • Early years teacher
  • Holiday childcare representative
  • Hospital play specialist
  • Learning & development
  • Nanny
  • Nursery assistant
  • Nursery manager
  • Paediatric nursing
  • Playworker
  • Primary school teaching
  • Residential warden
  • Special care baby unit assistant
  • Special needs teaching assistant
  • Teaching assistant

On successful completion of this course you could progress to nursery management or senior nursery officer. Alternatively, you could progress to the Early Years Foundation Degree validated by Kingston University and progress towards Early Years Initial Teacher Training leading to Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS) or the Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) leading to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

Or theHealthcare Play Specialism Foundation Degree validated by West London University.

Other Information


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Last updated - 02/11/2021