Level 3 Childcare

CACHE Level 3 Certificate in Childcare Education/CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Childcare and Education (Early Years Educator)

100% of our Level 3 students from 2017 are now in employment within the sector or have progressed onto Higher Education

This course will prepare you to become an early years educator, enabling you to work with children from birth to five years old. You will also gain some knowledge of children aged five to seven years. In addition, you will have the opportunity to undertake work experience, allowing you to gain knowledge and skills within a real working environment within the childcare sector.

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Key facts

  • Start date: September
  • Duration: A full-time, 2 year course
  • Location: Melton
  • Fees: This course is fully funded for school leavers. If you already have a Level 3 qualification or are over the age of 19, a fee may apply. Please contact us for more information.

Your future

If learners complete the Level 3 Diploma in Childcare and Education (Early Years Educator), they will be able to enter the workforce as Early Years Educators or access Higher Education.

Examples of job roles that you may progress into are day nursery practitioner, nursery school practitioner, reception class practitioner in primary schools, pre-school worker, home-based childcarer, or nanny.


Entry requirements

5 GCSEs at grade C or above or grade 4-9 including Maths and English or Level 2 Early Years Education and Care and Level 1 Functional Skills.

Why choose BMC?

Employers and parents are looking for the gold standard: recognised qualifications which will ensure the best training, professional standards and career prospects. Success in achieving this qualification will give you the best opportunity for employment in two or three years time.

This course is suitable for a range of students age 16 and over who have little or no experience in childcare.

About the course

In order to achieve the Level 3 Diploma in Childcare and Education (Early Years Educator), learners must complete the following:

  • A minimum of 750 placement hours
  • 15 mandatory units Guided Learning

Mandatory units include:

  • Child Development from Conception to Seven Years
  • Children’s Heath and Well-being
  • Providing Safe Environments for Children
  • Child Health
  • Play and Learning
  • Understanding Children’s Additional Needs
  • Observation, Assessment and Planning
  • Professional Practice Portfolio 1
  • Supporting Emergent Literacy
  • Preparing for School Readiness
  • International Perspectives
  • Reflective Practice for Professional Development
  • Professional Partnerships in Early Years
  • Professional Practice Portfolio 2

Assessment is carried out both internally and externally (methods include written assignments, observation of practice and exams)

Do You Need to Have Access to Practical Placement?

Yes, you will need to have access to a real work environment, as you need to show competence in both knowledge and skills.


English and Maths

English and Maths are very important for you during your studies and beyond. The Government has introduced new standards which mean that employers will looking for these skills when you enter the workplace. BMC is committed to ensuring that our students leave us with everything they need to reach their goals and meet the expectations of the industry.

If you are under 19 and narrowly miss the English and/or Maths requirements of your course (by one grade), don’t worry – BMC can offer you a suitable course at another level and you can take GCSE English or Maths alongside it (daytime and evening options available). Learners will not be expected to take both GCSE English and GCSE Maths in the same year.

If you are under 19 and miss the English and/or Maths entry requirements of your course by more than one grade, BMC offers Functional Skills, an effective method to improve literacy and numeracy, for up to two hours per week.

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This is a fantastic way for you to get a feel for what it’s like to be a student at BMC. You will get to meet our industry-expert teaching staff, tour our fantastic facilities and find out everything you need to know about courses at BMC.

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