Level 3 Diploma Early Years Educator (EYE)


There will be monthly taught sessions where you will be provided with the underpinning knowledge. You will also receive regular individual tutorials with your tutor. It is expected due to the current circumstances this course will be delivered via blended learning

You also need to volunteer in an Early Years Setting for a minimum of 1 day every week.

  • You should be at least 16 years old.
  • You will need a DBS clearance.
  • You must have attended an Advice and Guidance session.

The NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Workforce (Early Years Educator) prepares learners to become Early Years Educators, enabling them to work with children from birth to 5 years and gain knowledge of children aged 5 to 7 years.

Upon achievement of this qualification it is intended that learners will be able to enter the workforce as an Early Years Educator.

Placements are required for achievement of this qualification. A minimum of 350 placement hours in an Early Years setting is required. You will need to be working with children across the age bands of 0-5.

You will complete an e-portfolio of evidence which will hold all assessments completed.

You will be assessed using a variety of methods, such as:

  • Assignments
  • Longitudinal Study
  • Observations of you working with children
  • Reflective accounts
  • Professional discussion
  • And many more.

What else do I need to know?

GCSE English and maths are not an entry requirement, however the Early Years Workforce, does require you to hold either GCSE C grades in English and maths or Functional Skills for English and maths at Level 2 to count in the settings ratios. If required, we can sign post you for an English and maths assessments and classes as you will need to do these qualifications alongside the Level 3 Diploma EYE as a course requirement.

You could progress onto:

  • Level 4 Advanced Practitioner
  • Foundation Degree in Education and Care or Leadership qualifications.
  • You may also like to consider our distance learning courses.

Course Start Date(s)


Course Length

2 Years

Course Price

Full Fee

Discounted Fee

Full Concession

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