The Early Years Workforce Level 3 Diploma is a key qualification that will enable you to work with, and care for, children from 0 to 5, as well as offering additional knowledge of children aged 5 to 7.
Accredited by CACHE, this course is the ‘gold standard’ for early years education in the UK and will qualify you for a wide range of roles in this rewarding sector. Ideally, you’ll already have relevant experience and will be working or volunteering with children for at least 12 hours per week.
Through our Early Years Workforce Diploma online course, you’ll explore key topics relating to health, well-being and development; as you gain the knowledge and experience you need to bring out the very best in young people, at this crucial stage in their development.
Please note: This NCFE CACHE qualification replaces the Diploma for the Children and Young People’s Workforce. To gain the ‘full and relevant’ Level 3 qualification in England you’ll need a Level 2 qualification in English and Maths, plus a suitable First Aid qualification.
You’ll achieve a recognised qualification from CACHE the UK’s only specialist awarding organisation for the childcare sector. By studying with NEC, you’ll benefit from the support of a personal tutor, plus 24/7 access to NEC Laser, an online learning system designed to make submitting work, completing activities and accessing feedback simple.
Throughout the course, you’ll build an online portfolio of evidence, that enables you to reflect on your placement experience, as you apply your new knowledge and skills. On completion, you’ll be ready to progress your career to the next level!
Our Early Years Workforce Diploma online course is ideal if you:
Theme 1: Health and wellbeing
Theme 2: Legislation, frameworks and professional practice
Theme 3: Play, development and learning for school readiness
Theme 4: Professional development
Study the Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Workforce with us and benefit from:
Choose when and where you access your course, using NEC Laser our 24/7 online learning platform.
This easy-to-use learning platform makes completing your course – submitting your work, doing activities and getting feedback – straightforward and enjoyable. All the work you complete is recorded in your learner profile, forming an online portfolio.
You’ll have access to support from a personal tutor. All NEC tutors are subject experts, with experience of supporting online learners.
Meet Kate who is just one of our first-class childcare and early years tutors:
“When my own children were young I worked as a childminder and in a pre-school and while doing this achieved two level 3 qualifications. I enjoyed working with children and learning about how to do it more effectively, so I then did a degree with the Open University and gained my assessor qualification. I have taught childcare with the NEC, through the NCMA (now PACEY) and for two other local training organisations. It is a very satisfying job, as I see students start at the beginning of a Level 2 course slowly grow in confidence, ability and understanding, to the end of a Level 3 course. I feel proud of being involved in raising the professional status of childcare professionals through training and qualifications.”
You will need to have a minimum of 2 years experience working in an early years setting. You will need to have worked in a key role and will have had – or have – responsibility for liaising with parents, contributing to the planning in the setting as well as working with and observing the children in the setting. You will need to be currently working or volunteering in a setting/settings for a minimum of 12 hours a week. Your setting manager/s will need to agree that they will be happy for you to be observed at work as part of your course
You need to be based within the UK, or if you are overseas within Europe. If you are based overseas it is essential that you contact our course advice team before enrolling on this course
You need to gain at least 25 hours of placement experience, during the time you are studying the course, in each of these age ranges:
You need to gain 350 hours of placement experience in total.
Our course fees are open and honest to help you plan for any additional costs.
Your course fee includes:
Your course fee does not cover:
It’s your choice: you can pay in full at the point of enrolment, or you can spread the cost over monthly instalments with our finance offer. We offer a choice of six or 12 month repayment plans, with 0% APR as standard.
To pay in instalments you will need to enrol by telephone.
Course fee: £2845
Amount of credit: £2560.50
Monthly payment: £213.38
Duration of agreement: 12 months
Total repayable: £2845
Rate of interest: 0% (fixed)
0% APR representative.
The National Extension College (NEC) work with finance company Deko. For more information on our relationship with Deko and repayment plans click here.
In order to gain the qualification, CACHE requires a registration fee of £150, payable upon enrolment.