Children’s Care, Learning and Development qualifications

We communicated with you in March 2019 regarding changes to the Children’s Care, Learning and Development qualifications. We now have more information we’d like to share.

We have been working with the Northern Ireland Social Care Council (NISCC), employers, providers and Awarding Organisations to redevelop the Level 3 Diploma for Children's Care Learning and Development (Wales and Northern Ireland) and Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Children's Care, Learning and Development (Management) (Wales and Northern Ireland). The new redevelopments will be for delivery in Northern Ireland only and will be launched on 1 September 2020.

Unfortunately, due to issues beyond our control there is a delay in the finalisation of the content. Please be assured that we are pressing for these issues to be resolved as soon as possible to ensure you have enough information to plan the delivery of these qualifications.

We have the following updates per qualification:

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

  • The mandatory unit content has been finalised and agreed by NISCC.
  • We have a list of suggested optional units for this qualification, the content of which is still under review therefore the content of the optional units may change.
  • CACHE have proposed guided learning hours and credit values per unit and also the total qualification time. These hours are yet to be agreed by the working group.
  • We can confirm the total credit value will remain at 65 credits. We have produced this document which contains mandatory unit content and optional unit titles. 

Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Children's Care, Learning and Development (Management) (Northern Ireland):

  • The mandatory unit content has been finalised and agreed by NISCC.
  • We have a list of suggested optional units for this qualification, the content of which is still under review, therefore content of the optional units may change
  • All hours have been agreed by the group.
  • We have produced this document which contains mandatory unit content and optional unit titles. 

In addition to the above qualifications CACHE also offer the Level 3 Extended Diploma for Children’s Care, Learning and Development (Wales and Northern Ireland). We are redeveloping this qualification for delivery in Northern Ireland only and this new qualification will launch on 1 September 2020. We had hoped to be in a position to share details with you at this point, however the delays in the redevelopment of the level 3 diploma have impacted this redevelopment.  We hope to have unit content to share early in 2020.

We apologise for the delay in providing the full content for these qualifications.  We will update you again when we have final signed off content from the working group.

If you have any questions please contact Emma Hetherington on [email protected] or 0191 239 8075.