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NCFE CACHE Level 3 Certificate in Preparing to Work in Early Years Education and Care

Ref:
601/3955/9
Sector:
Health, Public Services and Care, Early Years Educator
Registration and Certification Fee
£113.00

Level
Level 3
Minimum entry age
16
GLH
223
TQT
285

What does the qualification cover?

The Level 3 Certificate in Preparing to Work in Early Years Education and Care prepares learners to work with children from birth to 5 years and gain knowledge of children aged 5 to 7 years.

This qualification provides learners with a direct progression route on to the Level 3 Diploma in Early Years Education and Care (Early Years Educator).

Who is it suitable for?

Learners wishing to work with children from birth to 5 years in early years settings.

What are our entry requirements?

You should be at least 16 years old. We do not set any other entry requirements but colleges or training providers may have their own guidelines.

Other requirements?

N/A this is not a 'full and relevant' EYE qualification.

How is this qualification structured?

This qualification is comprised of Themes 1 and 2 from the Level 3 Diploma in Early Years Education and Care (Early Years Educator) plus one additional unit on reflective practice. There are 12 mandatory units totalling 223 GLH.

How is it assessed?

To gain this qualification the learner will need to:

• pass all 12 mandatory units (internally assessed using a range of assessment methods)
•complete one externally set, externally marked Short Answer Examination.

Assessment opportunities for all the externally set and marked assessment for this qualification will be limited to one attempt and one further reattempt opportunity to undertake an alternative assessment.

Do you need to have access to practical placement?

Learners will need to have access to a real work environment, as they need to show competence in both knowledge and skills.

How long does it take to complete?

This qualification can usually be completed in 1 year.

What related qualifications can you progress to?

This qualification provides a direct progression route onto the Level 3 Diploma in Early Years Education and Care (Early Years Educator). Learners can also progress from this Certificate onto other Early Years Educator qualifications at Level 3.

Which type of job roles can you apply for on completion?

This qualification may enable learners to work under the supervision of Level 3 staff in a variety of roles in an early years setting; however, it does not provide a license to practise.

External Assessment Timetable

Please see the External Assessment Timetable for a breakdown of the assessment dates for this qualification.

Useful Links

Regulations for the Conduct of External Assessment

Qualification Specific Instructions for Delivery (QSID)


Qualification Specification
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This document contains everything you need to know about this qualification in PDF format and should be used by everyone involved in its planning, delivery and assessment.

Key Facts
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The Key Facts document details all of the important information you need to know about this qualification.

Purpose Statement
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This document outlines the content of this qualification, who it’s designed for, and the opportunities it could lead to.

UCAS Performance Points Table May 2017
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This document details the UCAS points tariff for this qualification.

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Chief Examiner Report - Jan 17 - Short Answer Examination
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This document contains feedback from the Chief Examiner for the January 2017 Short Answer Examination.

Continuing Professional Development Knowledge Workbook
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This (MS Word) workbook supports centre staff with continuing professional development in line with the Early Years Educator Assessment Principles.

Continuing Professional Development Knowledge Workbook (Word)
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This workbook (MS Word) supports centre staff with continuing professional development in line with the Early Years Educator Assessment Principles.

Continuing Professional Development Reflective Workbook
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This reflective workbook supports centre staff with continuing professional development in line with the Early Years Educator Assessment Principles.

Continuing Professional Development Reflective Workbook (Word)
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This reflective workbook (MS Word) supports centre staff with continuing professional development in line with the Early Years Educator Assessment Principles.

Placement Handbook Guide for Learners and Apprentices
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This handbook supports learners and apprentices to complete the practical placement.

Placement Handbook Guide for Learners and Apprentices (doc)
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This MS Word handbook supports learners and apprentices to complete the practical placement.

Placement Handbook Guide for Mentors
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This handbook provides guidance for mentors to support learners on the practical placement.

Placement Handbook Guide for Mentors (doc)
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This MS Word handbook provides guidance for mentors to support learners on the practical placement.

Learner Induction Pack
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This document supports learners with the induction process for their practical placement.

Chief Examiner's Report Short Answer Exam (SAE) - May 2017
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This document contains feedback from the Chief Examiner for the May 2017 Short Answer Exam.

EYE SAE Chief Examiner's Report September 2017
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This document contains feedback from the Chief Examiner for the September 2017 EYE SAE.

Short Answer Examination Tutor and Learner Guidance and Exemplar Paper - Dec 17
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This document contains information for Tutors and Learners and a Short Answer Examination Exemplar Paper

Chief Examiner Report - Short Answer Examination - Jan 2018
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This document contains feedback from the Chief Examiner for the January 2018 Short Answer Examination.

EYE-SAE - Jan 2018 - Question Paper
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This past paper will help learners prepare for external assessment.

EYE-SAE - Jan 2018 - Mark Scheme
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This is the mark scheme for the January 2018 EYE SAE

Chief Examiner Report - May 2018 - EYE/SAE
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This document contains feedback from the Chief Examiner for the May 2018 external assessment.

EYESAE - May 2018 - Mark Scheme
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This is the mark scheme for the May 2018 external assessment.

EYESAE - May 2018 - Question Paper
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This past paper will help learners prepare for their external assessment.

Qualification Specification (doc)
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This document contains everything you need to know about this qualification in MS Word format and should be used by everyone involved in its planning, delivery and assessment

EYE-SAE - Feb 2019 - Question Paper
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This past paper will help learners prepare for their external assessment.

EYE-SAE - Feb 2019 - Mark Scheme
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This is the mark scheme for the February 2019 external assessment.

Chief Examiner - February 2019 - EYE SAE
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This document contains feedback from the Chief Examiner for the February 2019 external assessment

Chief Examiner Report - May 2019 - EYE/SAE
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This document contains feedback from the Chief Examiner for the May 2019 external assessment.

EYE SAE - May 2019 - Question Paper
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This past paper will help learners prepare for their external assessment.

EYE SAE - May 2019 - Mark Scheme
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This is the mark scheme for the May 2019 external assessment.

Chief Examiner Report - EYE/SAE - February 2020
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This document contains feedback from the Chief Examiner for the February 2020 external assessment.

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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.

Set date and time assessments will go ahead in 2021/22, therefore moving away from results being based on Teacher Assessed Grades (TAGs) used in 2020 to 2021. Additional opportunities have been made available across the autumn, spring and summer exam series for some of our qualifications. Further information can be found in our external assessment timetable on our website.

Adaptations should also be applied in line with the ‘HSC, Early Years and Childcare - Joint AO Adaptation Guidance’ document which can be found below.

For further information please see the 2021/22 adaptation addendum document below.

2021-22 AT 60139559 V1.0
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HSC, EY and CC - Joint AO Adaptation Guidance 2021_22 V1.0 Sept 2021
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