Level 3 Diploma for Children’s Care, Learning and Development (Wales and Northern Ireland)

​What does the qualification cover?

This qualification is designed to build the knowledge and skills needed when working with children and young people from birth to 19 years of age. It covers a diverse range of job roles and occupational areas working in children’s settings including early years.

Who is it suitable for?

Anyone who works or wants to work at a supervisory level in children's care, learning and development.

What are the entry requirements?

You should be at least 16 years old. We do not set any other entry requirements but colleges or training providers may have their own guidelines.

How many credits are required to complete it?

The Diploma requires 65 credits.

​How is it assessed?

It will be assessed by your tutor or assessor using a range of methods. This could include direct observation in the workplace, a portfolio of evidence, written assignments or a task set by us.

Do you need to be working to take the qualification?

Yes, you will need to be working, volunteering or on practical placement as you need to show competence in both knowledge and skills.

How long does it take to complete?

You can usually complete it in a year.

What related qualifications can you progress to?

A Degree or the Level 5 Diploma in Children's Care Learning and Development (Wales).

Funding for our qualifications
Find out more about funding for this and other qualifications here.​​​

Which type of job roles can you apply for on completion?
  Care Worker

  Child Minder
  Nursery Practitioner
  Pre-school Worker
  Out of School Childcare Worker
  Cylch Meithrin Worker


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Qualification Title:

​NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma for Children’s Care, Learning and Development (Wales and Northern Ireland)​

Available in:

Northern Ireland