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Early Years Educator (Childcare)

Early Years Educator (Childcare) - CACHE

Special Entry Requirements:

In addition to the level 3 BTEC entry requirements you will need grade 4 in either GCSE Maths OR English Language PLUS grade 3 in either GCSE Maths or English Language. You will need to be qualified in English and Maths to level 2 to become an Early Years Practitioner.

Course Introduction:

This is an industry-standard qualification that has been designed to prepare you for working in an early year’s environment. Once the course has been completed it will give you the licence to practice early years/childcare in a professional setting which means that you will be able to work in a range of settings; nurseries, reception class, or as a nanny without any further initial training. This course also generates UCAS points will give you the opportunity to progress into Higher Education.

Course Modules:

Working with children requires a lot of patience, enthusiasm and hard work. This course will suit you if you have a genuine interest in the care, health and education of young children or if you plan to work in a childcare related setting. You will study many different aspects of childcare and education from promoting healthy environments, safeguarding, curriculum, the importance of learning through play, along with how to promote child development.

This is a full time two year programme with two days a week practical placement experience in a primary school, preschool or day nursery. The placement will provide you with practical experience of childcare and education and is a compulsory part of the course. The remaining three days will be spent at the College where you will gain theoretical, and practical knowledge enabling you to complete specialist study based on a range of units including Child Development, Child Health, Assessment and Observation, Theoretical aspects of Play and Learning to Health and Safety.

As part of the course you will gain a Paediatric First Aid qualification and take part in a wide range of enrichment activities including a visit to a Forest School.


You will be assessed using a variety of different methods. These include

• Direct observation of your work practice
• Portfolio of evidence
• Professional discussion
• Reflection of own practice
• Written assignments
• Externally set and externally marked assessment tasks

As this is a vocational course, you must have a genuine interest in early years and education, and a positive attitude to new experiences! You should also be prepared to meet deadlines, accept guidance, and develop independent study skills.

Career Opportunities:

On completion of the course you will have a licence to practice within the Early Years sector allowing you to go straight into employment.

This course can lead to a career as an Early Years Educator in a range of roles; children’s holiday rep, nursery nurse, early years’ teacher, nanny, classroom support worker, children’s centre worker or any other work which involves working directly with children. In addition, some students may access university studying Child Studies related degrees or Primary Teaching.