Early Years Educator

The sectors choice

CACHE is the leading specialist in Early Years Education, with a heritage in the sector dating back more than 70 years. Our experience and reputation within the sector is the reason why more providers choose CACHE than anyone else.

Ranging from Level 2 through to Level 5, our high quality Early Years Educator suite provides centres and employers with the confidence that a practitioner will be equipped with the best training, professional standards and career prospects available.


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Our Early Years Educator suite

Level 2

Thanks to our unrivalled knowledge of the sector, CACHE’s Level 2 qualification is of the highest possible standard and can be an invaluable stepping stone into any of our Level 3 Early Years Educator qualifications.

Level 3

Our eminent gold standard Level 3 qualifications are renowned within the Early Years sector. They are the number one choice for anyone wanting to work at Level 3 with children from birth to five years of age, and provide practitioners with the full and relevant status of being an Early Years Educator. 

At Level 3 we offer three full and relevant qualifications:

Level 3 Diploma in Early Years Education and Care (Early Years Educator)

This qualification is aimed at those studying full time and carries 112 UCAS points.

Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Workforce (Early Years Educator) 

This qualification is aimed at those studying part-time while in a job and carries 32 UCAS points.

Level 3 Diploma in Childcare and Education (Early Years Educator) 

This qualification is aimed at those working or wishing to work in early years education and care. It is also suitable for those who wish to access higher education or enter the workforce as an Early Years Educator and carries 168 UCAS points.

Learn more about UCAS points and performance points 

Should you require DfE performance points for 2018, we now offer the following qualifications.

We have worked collaboratively with Crossfields Institute to develop the following specialist Early Years Educator qualifications.

See our full range of Early Years Educator Qualifications

Functional Skills

As a leading voice within the Early Years sector, we spearheaded the Save Our Early Years campaign.  This campaign resulted in the Government reinstating Functional Skills as an alternative qualification for Level 3 Early Years Educators, as outlined in the Early Years Workforces Strategy.

We provide NCFE’s Functional Skills as part of our Early Years offer, providing practitioners with the essential soft skills required to enter the early years setting.

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