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Early Years Workforce (Early Years Educator) Level 3

  • Overview of the course

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    The CACHE Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Workforce prepares you to become an Early Years Educator, enabling you to work with children from birth to 5 years and gain knowledge of children aged 5 to 7 years. This course is delivered part time for learners aged 19 years and above, leading to a nationally recognised qualification for working with children. You will need to attend a work placement for a minimum of 350 hours in an early years setting where you will be required to carry out activities with children and demonstrate your skills. You will also be provided with directed study to complete at home as well as attend weekly sessions at Bolton College. Your course tutor will support you throughout the course.
  • What you'll learn

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    Learners will complete multiple units following 4 themes: Health and well-being; Understand legislation, frameworks and professional practice; Play, development and learning for school readiness and Professional development. All units need to be completed to achieve the Diploma.
  • Entry requirements

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    Level 2 CCLD/CYPW/Early Years Practitioner and/or GCSE English and Maths Grade C/4 or above.
    Applicants must have substantial experience of working with children in a group situation and show a real desire and commitment to work with children. You will also need to arrange your own work placement to attend for a minimum of two days a week and bring confirmation of this on your first day. This must be in an early years setting that cares for children from birth to five years. You will need to attend a planned session in the college prior to the course start date to apply for a DBS disclosure.
  • How will I be assessed?

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    Assessment is a combination of direct observation within a workplace, portfolio of evidence and written assignments. You will need to be working/volunteering in an early years setting. Work placement hours must include working with 0-1 year 11 months, 2-2 years 11 months and 3-5 years. A longitudinal study will also be completed to observe, assess and plan for the needs of children. You must obtain a minimum of 350 work placement hours in total.
  • Is there anything else I need to know?

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    You will also need to arrange your own work placement to attend for a minimum of two days a week and bring confirmation of this on your first day. This must be in an early years setting that cares for children from birth to five years. You will need to attend a planned session in the college prior to the course start date to apply for a DBS disclosure. This is a fast paced course where you will need to be organised and comply with assignment submission dates - our course tutors are there to help and support you through this.
  • Who can I speak to about this course?

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    In the first instance please send a message to
  • I'm interested in this course, what do I need to do next?

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    You need to speak to one of our tutors before you can enrol on to this course therefore, please use the 'apply' button on this screen to register your interest. Once we have your details we will send you a text with a link to book a telephone interview. Please be aware that when a tutor calls you our number will appear as unknown/with-held/private.
  • Groups and Times

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    Group: A. First class: 08 September 2022. Last class: 30 Jun 2023
    • Thursday : 09:00 - 12:00
    • Friday : 09:00 - 15:30
  • Course Fees

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    Other fees: £2882.00
    You can opt to pay these fees in monthly instalments. However, this is currently only possible by enrolling on campus.
    Courses fees are subject to change.
  • Future opportunities

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    On successful completion of the course learners may be able to progress onto the Level 4 Certificate for the Early Years Advanced Practitioner. Alternatively you can progress on to a Foundation Degree (Early Years Childhood Studies), whilst others may gain employment as a qualified Early Years Educator, in a variety of childcare settings, such as, nurseries, schools, children’s centres and hospitals or as a Childminder.
  • Additional Information

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    Coronavirus Update

    In response to the COVID-19 situation we have made a number of changes to our traditional admissions and enrolment processes.
    Most conditional offers and enrolments are currently being processed based on the information available to us at the time of a telephone interview and/or online enrolment.
    Once a course starts and we are able to meet with learners in person we may need to alter the class an individual attends if they do not meet the course entry requirements. We will keep learners informed of any decision to alter their class and support them through any changes necessary.
    Thank you for your understanding and co-operation in these unprecedented times.


    All learners will complete an individual learning plan which will be discussed with their tutor throughout the course.


    You may not have to pay tuition fees at all, if you fall into one of the groups eligible for fee exemptions. If you feel you may be eligible or would like someone to explain course fees in more detail, pleasecontact us via our Live Chat service available on any page of our website.

    Adult Learners

    Adult learners (19+) must provide evidence of their existing qualification at enrolment. Learners may not be able to enrol if this information is not provided when requested. If you have lost any certificates please contact your school in the first instance. If they are unable to provide a copy, you can contact one of the following exam boards (your school will be able to tell you which one applies to the exams you took):


    The best way to contact us is via our Live Chat service available from any page of our website. We endeavour to staff this service from 9am – 7pm, Monday to Thursdays and until 4pm on Fridays (during term time).
    Bolton College works hard to ensure that the information provided is accurate.
    All courses are offered subject to student numbers and the College reserves the right to amend, withdraw or amalgamate any of the courses, fees, services, locations or facilities described at any time.

    Studying at College

    The health and safety of our learners and staff is still very important to us and so there may continue to be an element of study outside of the classroom during the 2021/22 academic year. The proportion of these hours will depend on the individual qualification(s) being undertaken. You must do the work set during these times or it will impact your progress on the course and therefore your achievement.

    Equalities Statement

    The College will treat all members of the community equally and will not favour any particular individual or group. English is our principal language but we will endeavour to provide information relating to this document in other formats and languages. If customers require this type of support they should contact the Recruitment & Relations Manager at

    Safeguarding Statement

    Bolton College are committed to ensuring that learners have a right to feel safe wherever they learn, in the classroom or online. If you have any personal safety or other worries, for example, feeling bullied; being made to feel uncomfortable or experiencing an inappropriate situation when you are attending college, please speak to the tutor, a member of the Reception Team or contact the College Safeguarding Team on 01204 482180 or via
  • Disclaimer

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    You may be aware that Bolton College currently has some limitations on the way it works, due to COVID-19. Although every care has been taken to ensure that the information contained within this document is accurate, due to the changeable nature of the situation and updates to government guidance, there may be changes to this programme and provision. We will endeavour to keep prospective and current students updated where appropriate and when the information becomes available.
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  • Time:

    09:00 - 15:00
    9.00 (Hrs Per Week)

  • Duration:

    36 weeks

  • Venue:

    Deane Road Campus

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