CACHE Childcare (Early Years)

Subject Intent: Why Childcare?
Government changes and the early years funding entitlement for two year olds has led to an increased demand for early years practitioners, teaching assistants and teachers. The CACHE course helps to prepare students for a number of career pathways including teaching, social work and working in nurseries. The course ensures that learners graduate as confident and skilful childcare practitioners. Students are provided with an appropriate range of opportunities and experiences that inspire them and help successfully transition into the next stage of education, training or employment. Studying the Childcare curriculum enables students to enter the workforce, or access higher education. It provides students with knowledge of children from birth to seven years and gives them the opportunity to enter the work place as Early Years Educators.

Why should I study this subject?
The CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Child Care and Education (EYE) is intended to prepare learners to work with children (up to the age of 7 years) and their families in a variety of settings and environments within the sector of children’s services. On successfully completing the two year course, the learner will achieve practitioner status, with a ‘licence to practice’ in the early years setting. This course is equivalent to three A-Levels and is gained through a combination of college-based study and work placement. There is a minimum requirement of 750 hours work placement required to complete the 2 year course.

What will I study?
You will study 7 units in year 1 alongside a work placement portfolio, and 7 units in year 2. The course covers a variety of information on the health and development of a child. Some of the units studied include:
• Child Health
• Play and Learning
• Child Development
• Reflective Practice

What are the entry requirements?
Please check this subject table for full details of our A Level entry requirements.

“Placement is fun and fast-paced and has built my confidence in working with children, which is want I want to do in my career. I am learning information and skills that I will use everyday as a teacher, and I get to put it into practice in a professional setting.”
Melissa Dutton – Darton Academy