This comprehensive and tremendously flexible NEC course has been designed to give you all the knowledge and skills you need to work in an early years setting. Our home study course focuses on the early learning and childcare pathway of this CACHE qualification, and features a diverse range of units that cover essential subject areas for anyone working in a setting delivering the Early Years Foundation Stage. Combining different types of activity and assessment with an element of workplace assessment, this all-encompassing course will give you the skills and confidence you need for a career in childcare. Full details of the course can be found below.
There are no formal entry requirements for this course, but you will need to be at least 16 years of age and working or volunteering in a childcare setting. This is an online course. You will need easy access to the internet and to be competent working with electronic documents.
Hours of study
Approximately 650 learning hours, including time spent in your setting.
Exams and assessment
You will create an online portfolio of evidence using different formats such as learning plans, written tasks, discussion and direct observation in the workplace.
Level 3 Diploma in Children and Young People’s Workforce (Early Learning and Childcare) Candidate Handbook, Heinemann, 2010.
To gain the full diploma – worth 65 credits – students will need to complete all units in clusters 1, 2 and 3, plus approximately three optional units, depending on the number of credits per unit.
You’ll work through this course using the NEC Laser: an online learning system that makes completing your course – submitting your work, doing activities and getting feedback – straightforward and enjoyable. The system is easy to use and all the work you complete is recorded in your learner profile, forming an online portfolio.
As this course is delivered online, you will need a computer with an internet connection, word processing software, Flash Player and Acrobat Reader. You will need to be confident using the internet, sending and receiving emails with attachments and producing basic documents using a word processor. We also recommend that you use Skype, and that you have a webcam for this course.
This course involves an element of workplace assessment, which you will need to discuss with the manager of the childcare setting you are working in before you enrol. You will need to provide details when you enrol. It is essential that you have a regular work placement to enable assessment to take place.
You will also need to choose your optional units at the point of enrolment.
Any additional first aid qualifications required to achieve this qualification are not included as part of the NEC course.
To gain this qualification you will need to register with CACHE. We will take care of this process, but you will need to pay an additional registration fee which is included in the total price of your course.
If you are based overseas it is essential that you contact our course advice team before enrolling on this course.
How to enrol
For this course you will need to enrol over the phone using the number at the top of the page, or request a paper enrolment form to be sent to you if you wish to enrol by post.
You can pay for your course in one payment or spread it out over monthly instalments. If you wish to pay in instalments you will need to enrol over the phone.
The instalment payment plan for this course is as follows:Pay a deposit of £457, then:
Eight monthly instalments of £184.69
Cluster 1: Health and social care
- SHC 31: Promote communication in health, social care or children's and young people's settings
- SHC 32: Engage in personal development in health, social care or children's and young people's settings
- SHC 33: Promote equality and inclusion in health, social care or children’s and young people’s settings
- SHC 34: Principles for implementing duty of care in health, social care or children's and young people's settings
Cluster 2: Children and young people
- CYP Core 3.1: Understand child and young person development
- CYP Core 3.2: Promote child and young person development
- CYP Core 3.3: Understand how to safeguard the wellbeing of children and young people
- CYP Core 3.4: Support children and young people's health and safety
- CYP Core 3.5: Develop positive relationships with children, young people and others involved in their care
- CYP Core 3.6: Working together for the benefit of children and young people
- CYP Core 3.7: Understand how to support positive outcomes for children and young people
Cluster 3: Early years pathway
- EYMP 1: Context and principles for early years provision
- EYMP 2: Promote learning and development in the early years
- EYMP 3: Promote children's welfare and wellbeing in the early years
- EYMP 4: Professional practice in early years settings
- EYMP 5: Support children's speech, language and communication
- CYPOP 1: Work with babies and young children to promote their development and learning
- CYPOP 2: Care for physical and nutritional needs of babies and young children
- CYPOP 4: Promote young children's physical activity and movement skills
- CYPOP 5: Understand how to set up a home-based childcare service
- CYPOP 6: Support disabled children and young people and those with specific requirements
- CYPOP 14: Support children and young people to have positive relationships
- CYPOP 15: Support positive practice with children and young people with speech, language and communication needs
- CYPOP 16: Co-ordinate special educational needs provision
- CYPOP 17: Understand the needs of children and young people who are vulnerable and experiencing poverty and disadvantage
- CYPOP 23: Support the speech, language and communication development of children who are learning more than one language
- CYPOP 30: Support the creativity of children and young people
- SCMP 2: Promote the wellbeing and resilience of children and young people
- Other optional units are available – please contact us for a full list.
What our students say...
I have enjoyed the whole experience. The more I did, the more I wanted to complete the coursework. I found my tutor so helpful and supportive. I’ve managed to discipline myself to complete an assignment each month, and like that I can work in my own time. The material provided by NEC is easy to read and understand and I enjoyed the tasks throughout the units.