Early Years Educator

CACHE is the leading sector specialist in Early Years Education. We know that our Centres, employers and learners are looking for the gold standard, recognised qualifications which will ensure the best training, professional standards and career prospects.

Learners completing a CACHE branded Early Years Educator qualification will have been trained to the highest of standards, equipping them with the best early years qualifications available.

These are now the must-have qualifications for all those wanting to work at Level 3 with children from birth to five years of age, and will provide the full and relevant status of being an Early Years Educator.

How we can help

We recently led the Save Our Early Years campaign which resulted in the Government reinstating Functional Skills as an alternative qualification for Level 3 Early Years Educators, outlined in the Early Years Workforce Strategy.

The GCSE-only policy significantly impacted recruitment in the sector and put the Government’s pledge to give 30 hours free childcare at risk. By reinstating Functional Skills, early years settings will be able to employ the high-quality practitioners they need, and allow staff to progress, and remain in the workforce.

We offer NCFE’s Functional Skills as part of our Apprenticeship offer, providing staff with the essential soft skills to enter to the early years setting.

Early Years Educator suite

Our Level 2 qualification is of the highest standard and provides a great stepping stone into any of our Level 3 Early Years Educator qualifications.

At Level 3 we offer three qualifications which are full and relevant: 

Level 3 Diploma in Early Years Education and Care (Early Years Educator) - which carries 112 UCAS points – aimed at those studying full time.

Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Workforce (Early Years Educator) - which carries 32 UCAS - aimed at those with a job, and studying part time.

Level 3 Diploma in Childcare and Education (Early Years Educator) - which carries 168 UCAS points - 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.

If you require DfE Performance points for 2018 then we now offer the Technical Level 3 Certificate and Technical Level 3 Diploma Childcare and Education (Early Years Educator) and the Technical Level 3 Diploma in Early Years Education and Care (Early Years Educator). 

For further information on UCAS points or Performance points please click here​.

We have worked collaboratively with Crossfields Institute to develop these specialist Early Years Educator qualifications:

Level 3 Diploma in Holistic Baby and Child Care (Early Years Educator)

Level 3 Diploma in Montessori Pedagogy - Birth to Seven (Early Years Educator)

Level 4 Diploma in Montessori Pedagogy - Birth to Seven (Early Years Educator)

Level 4 Diploma in Steiner Waldorf Early Childhood Studies (Early Years Educator)

The future of Early Years Education

Associate Director Julie Hyde and Regional Development Executive Janice Spencer explore the future of Early Years Education. The webinar looks at the practical delivery of CACHE qualifications and how Centres can engage with employers.

Early Years Educator placement information

Placement handbook: guide for mentors​

Placement handbook: learner​

Learner induction pack​​