Millennium Academy

Level 3 Diploma in Early Years Education & Care


This course prepares learners to become Early Years Educators, enabling them to work with and care for children from birth to 5 years and gain knowledge of children aged 5 to 7 years. Upon achievement of this qualification learners will hold a full and relevant qualification enabling them to enter the workforce as Early Years Educators or progress to Higher Education. Learners must achieve 27 mandatory units which consists of 76 credits.

Level 3 Diploma in Early Years Education & Care

Course content:

  • Theme 1: Health and well – being (6 Units – 15 credits)
  • Theme 2: Legislation, frameworks and professional practice (5 units -14 credits)
  • Theme 3: Play, development and learning for school readiness (15 units – 44 credits)
  • Theme 4: Professional development (1 unit – 3 credits)


Entry Requirements:

Learners must be at least 16 years old. It is essential for learners to have GCSE English and Maths at grade C or above. Learners will need to be working, volunteering or on a practical placement as an important part of the assessment process involves evaluating skills in real working situations.



To gain this qualification learners will need to achieve the following; Pass in all units; all units in this qualification are mandatory. Units will be internally assessed. Longitudinal study; which will be assessed internally, and competence in a real work environment. Full achievement of the qualification will not be possible until all components are complete.



NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Early Years Education & Care


Duration of course

10-12 Months


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