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NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Child Care and Education (EYE)


The course is for young people, aged 16 - 18, and those 19 + who would like to work as child carers in public and private nurseries, social services and health authorities. A full range of childcare topics are studied such as first aid, child development and the early years curriculum. Students will spend four days per fortnight on work placements.


The course will give you the skills, knowledge and understanding to pursue employment as education professionals. A full range of childcare topics are studied over two years such as:

  • Child Health & Development
  • Play & Learning Safety
  • Research Skills
  • Understanding different theory concerning early years
  • Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)

All these will be achieved by a variety of assessment methods, portfolios and assignments with a focus on your experiences in work placement carried over 4 days every other week.

The course carries up to 420 UCAS points.

16-18? You may be able to study an extra AS Level alongside this course, please click on the link below to find out more information:


Teaching will include lectures, practical experience, outside speakers and work placement.

Course Leader profiles

Sara Smith

I have worked in the Early Years sector for 13 years in a range of settings from day nurseries to obstetrics. This has given me a vast insight in to early years. I have worked in FE at Calderdale College for 14 years initially as an assessor, and for the past 10 years as a tutor, teaching on all levels of Early Years courses from Entry level to Foundation degree. I have currently been the course leader for Cache Level 3 Diploma in Child Care and Education for the past 6 years. I also work for the Awarding body as an External Examiner.  I enjoy the work I do and get a lot of job satisfaction from facilitating all learners to achieve their own success and move forward with their aspirations in life and work. I regularly update my knowledge through doing short courses, and reading appropriate journals and researching websites. My specialist interests are safeguarding and welfare of children, child health, food and nutrition.    

Qualifications: NNEB Assessor and verifier awards, 7307, Cert Ed, MA in Childhood Studies

Emily Lenihan

I have had 17 years’ experience in either a voluntary or paid provision within different childcare sectors. These have included working in day nurseries, primary schools, working in schools with children who had learning difficulties/disabilities and a school for children who had suffered different forms of abuse or had special needs to be met. I have been a link tutor within a local sixth form college working with adults who had a learning difficulty or disability. Before teaching at Calderdale College I taught as a course leader on a childcare course at Wakefield College. I have HND and BA HONS Degree in Childhood/Professional studies and a PGCE in teaching. I feel that the college offers a range of rewarding childcare qualifications and the practical experience that the tutors have within the industry shows through the quality of teaching.

Entry Requirements

You will need at least 5 GCSEs at grade C or grade 4 including English language and Maths. The course includes placements and all students will need to have a DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check. The college will apply and pay for this. Applicants need to supply two satisfactory references.

Interview Process

On receipt of your application form we shall invite you for interview

Questions & Answers

How is the course assessed?

The programme is made up of 15 units which are internally marked, work placement where learners are assessed on their practice and 2 externally marked extended essays

Are there any opportunities for progression?

Students go onto careers working with children, in nurseries, crèches, schools, throughout Britain. There is also the opportunity to work in Europe and beyond, in holiday companies and cruise liners. Students can also progress to the Foundation Degree in Early Years which can be studied at Calderdale College. Students can also progress to university or Level 3 Supporting Individuals with Learning Disabilities.

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Before Enrolment

The Advice & Guidance team provide impartial Student Advisors to give information about College Courses and provide initial guidance to help you decide which course is best for you . Financial advice and assistance if you need help with childcare, equipment, fees, or travel. Careers and Student Advisors to give you the necessary help and guidance you need when you are progressing on to further and higher education or employment.

During Your Study

To help you to succeed in your course of study we offer a range of services. For instance, you may have a learning difficulty and/or disability or other condition which significantly affects your daily life. If you would like to discuss your support needs, or for further information about the support available, please contact the study support team on 01422 357357 Ext 9347.

Home Educated Young People

Young people aged 14-16 who are home educated can now access college courses free of charge to enhance their education. If you are interested in finding out more about the opportunities available please contact the School Liaison Team on 01422 399332.

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Course details

  • Attendance: Full-time
  • Start Date: September 2018
  • Hours per week: 21 hours per week
  • Days: Monday to Friday
  • Start Time: 9.00 am
  • End Time: 4.00 pm
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Course Fees: This course is free for students age 16 - 18. For students 19 please contact Student Services In most cases students aged 18 and under who wish to enrol on a full time further education course will have their fees waived. Students who are aged 19 and over and who wish to enrol on a full time course should contact our Student Services Team on 01422-399367 for more information.
  • Venue: Calderdale College
  • Faculty: Science and Health Industries
  • Department Manager: Deborah Tims


  • Level: Level 3
  • Qualification Name: NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Child Care and Education
  • Awarding Body: NCFE CACHE

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