​CACHE Level 3 Diploma for the Children and Young People’s Workforce (QCF) England

 This qualification expired on 31st August 2014

However CYPOP5 Understand How to Set Up a Home based Childcare Service is still available for registrations as a standalone unit for the foreseeable future.But why not take a look at our NEW qualification the CACHE Level 3 Award in Preparing to Work in Home Based Childcare (QCF)

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. It covers a diverse range of job roles and occupational areas and is spilt into three pathways:

Early Learning and Childcare

Social Care

Learning and Development Support Services

It is also a must-have for all practitioners delivering the Early Years Foundation Stage, and those undertaking the Level 3 Children and Young People’s Apprenticeship.

In addition it contains an optional unit ‘Understand how to set up a home based child care service’ which can be taken as a stand- alone unit for those who wish to become registered childminders.

Who is it suitable for?

Anyone who works or wants to work at a supervisory level in the children and young people’s workforce.

What are the entry requirements?

You should be at least 16 years old. CACHE does 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 CACHE.

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?

The Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Health and Social Care and Children and Young People’s Services or a Foundation Degree.


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


Early Learning and Childcare Pathway:

  Pre-school Worker
  Practitioner in a Children’s Centre
  Practitioner in Day Nurseries, Nursery Schools or Reception Classes in Primary
  Registered Childminders and Nannies

Social Care Pathway:

  Supporting Teaching and Learning Workers - who visit families of pre-school 
    children at home
  Foster Carers
  Children and Families Social Workers
  Registered Managers of Children’s Homes, plus Deputy and Assistant Managers
  Residential Childcare Workers
  Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service Advisers
  Youth Worker

Learning and Development Support Services Pathway:

  Learning Mentor


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