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BDC Childcare 5 1
Level 3

NCFE/CACHE Early Years Workforce


2 years


Rush Green Campus


Sept 2023


Adult 19+



If you're ready to start a or develop a career in caring for children in their early years, this 2 year NCFE course is the one for you.

You'll learn to work with children from birth to 7 years 11 months of age, gaining in-depth knowledge of legislation, curriculum, development and safeguarding.

You'll have a personal assessor assigned to you to ensure your competency in the work environment.

You will spend 5 hours in college and a minimum of 12 hours per week in the work placement, as a volunteer.

It is preferred that you have successfully completed Level 2 Early Years Education & Care (EYE).

You'll also need Level 2 English & Maths, or to be working towards English & Maths GCSEs.

If you’re 19+, you will need to have secured a work placement with children aged 5 or under (reception class or below) before enrolling on this course. Please bring a confirmation letter from your placement with you when you enrol.

All of our teaching staff have vast industry experience within early years and schools environments.

You'll complete 750 hours of placement time over the 2-year course. This on-the-job experience in your secured work placement, with children 5 or under will give you a huge advantage when you look to develop your career.

Having successfully completed the Level 3 qualification, you can either head into employment or continue your studies with a degree-level course.

Where it can lead to
Career progression

There are number of routes you can take following successful completion of a course. Further study can include Higher Education courses or a Higher Apprenticeship where you will expand your skills through study whilst earning a wage. Or you may choose to move directly into employment.

Contact our careers team for further guidance.