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Childcare and Education (Early Years Educator: VRQ) CACHE Level 3 Award

Childcare and Education (Early Years Educator: VRQ) CACHE Level 3 Award

[ UCLD19 ]



Childcare is a competitive industry, and employers increasingly look for job applicants holding nationally recognised qualifications. This CACHE course provides successful learners with a Level 3 qualification especially designed for those looking to work with children ages 0-5 in a professional childcare setting.

The particular advantage of studying this CACHE Level 3 Award in Childcare and Education (VRQ) home study course is that it prepares students to progress to the CACHE Level 3 Certificate in Childcare and Education (VRQ), and then on to the CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Childcare and Education (Early Years Educator) (VRQ).

The Diploma level course would enable learners to gain the knowledge and experience to allow them to work with children from birth to 5 years in non-supervised capacity. It should be stressed, however, that the Award itself is a valuable standalone qualification in its own right, and will be especially useful to those looking to boost their CV with a view to working with children in a supervised capacity. It would also be suitable for those already working in childcare as a piece of CPD (Continuing Professional Development).

Course Length - 12 Months
 Award Received - CACHE Level 3 Award in Childcare and Education (Early Years Educator: VRQ)
 Course Code: CLD19

Course Description

In order to achieve the CACHE Level 3 Award in Childcare and Education by distance learning you must complete 2 mandatory units, which are listed below.

This course provides an excellent foundation if you wish to start a career in Childcare.

Course Content

Unit One: Child Development from Conception to Seven Years

This unit covers the biological and psychological development of children from birth to seven to years, and the role that an early years practitioner might have within this process. Students will learn what active steps an early years practitioner can take to aid the development of children. They will also learn about the frameworks that can be applied to young children's development in order to guide the understanding of the process, and to set appropriate milestones for development.

Unit Two: Children's Health and Wellbeing

This unit focusses directly on the physical and emotional needs of young children. This includes dietary and nutritional requirements, health & safety, emotional needs during stressful or transitional moments, and the need for regular exercise. All of this is framed within the context of what an early years practitioner might be expected to understand, and help to deliver, for children in their care.

After studying both of these units a student will:

 Understand development from conception to birth and routine screening programmes in the first year of life.
 Understand stages and sequences of development from birth to seven years
 Understand theory and educational frameworks which inform knowledge and understanding of early years practice.
 Understand the role of the early years practitioner when promoting child development from birth to seven years.
 Understand how to plan opportunities for children’s learning and development from birth to five years.
 Understand children’s needs in relation to emotional well-being.
 Understand the needs of children during transition and significant events.
 Understand the physical care needs of children.
 Understand the impact of the early years environment on the health and well-being of children.
 Understand the nutritional needs of children.
 Understand the impact of poor diet on children’s health and well-being.
 Understand children’s need for exercise.

Qualification Information

To gain the CACHE Level 3 Award in Childcare and Education you will need to pass both units.

What is CACHE?

CACHE is the UK's only specialist awarding organisation for the children and adult care sectors, with a portfolio of qualifications ranging from Entry to Level 5. Last year, over 150,000 learners registered with them from over 1000 UK based Centres and overseas.

For further information, go to: http://www.cache.org.uk.

Ofqual Information

Qualification Code 601/3998/5

UCAS points 15

A registration fee of £70.00 is due within four weeks of enrolment if you wish to receive your CACHE Award on successful completion of your course.

Upon achievement of this qualification learners will be able to progress onto the CACHE Level 3 Certificate in Childcare and Education (VRQ) (601/3999/7) and then onto the CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Childcare and Education (Early Years Educator) (VRQ) (601/4000/8).

Method Of Study

Paper Based Version

The course comes to you as a paper-based pack delivered by courier

You will be given guidance through the Study Guide on the nuts and bolts of studying and submitting assignments

Postal assignments cannot be accepted without prior permission from the tutor

Online Version

Our online courses are fully digitised versions of the paper-courses, so you can study on any PC or smart device when connected to the internet.

As with the paper course, your online learning programme is completely flexible, so you can study at a pace that suits you.

All of our online course content is broken down into bite size chunks to make your learning more manageable and effective.

Method of Assessment

The course contains a number of assignments which your tutor will mark and give you valuable feedback on. We call these Tutor Marked Assignments (TMAs). You need only send the TMAs to your tutor for comment, not the self-assessment exercises which are also part of the course to help you gauge your progress

Course Length Information

This course can be taken over a 12 month period but you can complete it as fast or as slowly as you wish.

The total course is 180 hours.

Tutor Support

You will have access to a tutor via email who will mark your work, guide you through the course and assist you with any problems you may have. In addition you will be supplied with a comprehensive Study Guide which will help you through the study and assessment process.






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