CACHE Level 3 Diploma for the Children & Young People's Workforce (QCF)

Course Information

This qualification:

  • is for all those who wish to work in the Children and Young People’s workforce
  • covers a diverse range of job roles and occupational areas working in children’s workforce setting including early years, social care and foster care
  • is made up of a mixture of core mandatory units, mandatory pathway units and optional units, based on skills or knowledge
  • has three pathways: Early Learning and Childcare pathway, Social Care pathway and Learning Development and Support Services pathway
  • contains a choice of level 4 optional units
  • covers the age range from birth to 19 years
There are no formal entry requirements for this qualification but we ask that learners are at least 19 years of age with experience in Childcare. Learners will need to be working, volunteering or on practical placement as they need to show competence in both knowledge and skills.


All learners need to complete the 11 Core mandatory units regardless of the pathway taken (these include 4 SfCD shared units) Total credit value: 27

Learners taking the Early Years pathway need to complete a further 5 mandatory units. Total credit value: 22

All learners then need to take optional units from the option bank to bring the credits achieved to minimum of 65

The Course Content

This course will require you to show your practice, knowledge and understanding of developing and promoting relationships with children and adults, communicating with children and adults, establishing and maintaining a healthy, safe and secure environment for children, observing, assessing, planning and implementing provision to promote development, equality of access and inclusion and looking at, evaluating and developing your own practice. There will be other requirements relating to your chosen option units.
Learning and assessment will generally take place in the workplace but where additional underpinning knowledge is required attendance at some “one to one” or informal classroom seminars may be required. Unit certification can be claimed for all achieved units.


All units are internally assessed. Assessment enables the learner’s workplace practice to provide evidence for individual units as well as the whole qualification. Methods of assessment could include:

  • Inference of knowledge from direct observation of practice
  • Witness evidence when directed by the sector skills assessment strategy
  • Reflection on own practice in real work situations
  • Written assignments
  • Learner’s own plans and written records
  • Tasks set by CACHE for knowledge learning outcomes only

The qualification is " pass or refer" and all the assessment criteria of the chosen units must be achieved in order to obtain a pass. The candidate is supported and assessed through one to one support by a qualified and experienced assessor. Observations are done in the workplace by the assessor and knowledge evidence is gathered through questioning and other supporting evidence. The candidate should be prepared to do set work in their own time to build a portfolio of evidence for this certificate.