NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Montessori Pedagogy - Birth to Seven (Early Years Educator)
- Health, Public Services and Care, Early Years Educator
- Licence to Practice
- Registration and Certification Fee
- Level 3
- Minimum entry age
About this qualification
The aim of this qualification is to provide the learner with the expertise, skills and professional approach needed to become a facilitator of Montessori education, and it includes classroom-based and placement hours. This qualification has been built to meet the criteria for Early Years Educators required by the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) which were developed in response to the Department for Education and NCTL’s More Great Childcare report.
Who is it suitable for?
This qualification is available for learners aged 18+ in England only.
How is this qualification structured?
Learners must successfully complete all 13 mandatory units.
How is it assessed?
All units will be internally assessed using a range of assessment methods evidencing knowledge, understanding and skills.
Do you need to be working to take this qualification?
A minimum of 400 hours professional placement in an approved Montessori early years setting is required
What related qualifications can you progress to?
Learners may wish to progress to the Level 4 Diploma in Montessori Pedagogy – Birth to Seven (Early Years Educator).
Learners may progress directly into work in a Montessori early years setting.
Funding for our qualifications
Find out more about funding for this and other qualifications on our funding page.
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Internal assessments will go ahead in 2021/22, therefore moving away from results being based on Teacher Assessed Grades (TAGs), used in 2020 to 2021, where this has been permitted. Students need to prepare a portfolio of evidence. We encourage centres to review our guidance on the types of evidence, and evidence capture, that we permit including e.g. the use of video, photos and other digital means of demonstrating knowledge and skills.
Students are still required to complete the work placement, but the focus should be on learning outcomes and evidencing competence. We have removed the requirement for students to complete a minimum number of placement hours; hours should still be recorded.
The adaptation addendum document contains further information on how DfE Early Years Educator criteria can be met either within the workplace or via alternative assessment methods. Adaptations should also be applied in line with the ‘HSC, Early Years and Childcare - Joint AO Adaptation Guidance’ document.
For further information please see the 2021/22 adaptation addendum document below.
Risk - rated approach to DfE EYE criteria guidance V2.0LessMore info Download
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