The Childcare and Education - CACHE Level 3 Award (RQF) Online Course is an excellent foundation for those wanting to start a career in Childcare and acts as an ideal preparation for students who want to progress on to the CACHE Level 3 Certificate and Level 3 Diploma qualifications.

The competition for jobs in childcare has increased in recent years and employers increasingly look for job applicants holding nationally recognised qualifications. This CACHE course provides students with a Level 3 qualification especially designed for those looking to work with children ages 0-5 in a professional childcare setting.

The Diploma level qualification would enable learners to gain the knowledge and experience to allow them to work with children from birth to 5 years in a non-supervised capacity although this is difficult to achieve through distance learning and usually requires the student to already be within a workplace setting for the assessment. The Award qualification is still a valuable qualification and would be suitable for those looking to improve their chances in this competitive area with a long-term view to working with children in a supervised capacity. The qualification is also suitable for those already working in childcare as a part of their CPD (Continuing Professional Development).

Course Delivery Notice: An additional paper-based copy of this course can be purchased for £35.00 in the online store so you have both online and paper-based versions to study from. Due to the current circumstances surrounding COVID-19 hard-copy versions of this course are being dispatched twice a week so there may be slight delays to the usual delivery times.

On successful completion on this course students will receive an accredited Level 3 RQF Award Qualification with up to 28 UCAS Points.

After studying this course student will be able to:

  • Understand development from conception to birth and routine screening programmes in the first year of life.
  • Understand stages and sequences of development from birth to seven years.
  • Understand theory and educational frameworks which inform knowledge and understanding of early years practice.
  • Understand the role of the early years practitioner when promoting child development from birth to seven years.
  • Understand how to plan opportunities for children's learning and development from birth to five years.
  • Understand children's needs in relation to emotional well-being.
  • Understand the needs of children during transition and significant events.
  • Understand the physical care needs of children.
  • Understand the impact of the early years environment on the health and well-being of children.
  • Understand the nutritional needs of children.
  • Understand the impact of poor diet on children's health and well-being.
  • Understand children's need for exercise.

In order to achieve the CACHE Level 3 Award in Childcare and Education by distance learning you must complete 2 mandatory units, which are listed below:

  • Unit One: Child Development from conception to seven years
  • Unit Two: Children's Health and Wellbeing


There is no previous learning knowledge or experience required to take this course.

Course Duration & Support:

Students may register at any time and have a full year to complete their studies. You also have access to a personal tutor by mail or email for a 12 month period. As the course is self-study you can complete in as little or as long a time as you prefer.


The course contains a number of Tutor Marked Assignments (TMAs) which your tutor will mark and give you valuable feedback on. The course also contains some self-assessment exercises which are designed to gauge your progress but are not part of the assessment procedures.


On successful completion of this course students will be awarded a Childcare and Education qualification issued by CACHE. This qualification has been accredited on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF Qualification No: 601/3998/5). This is a Level 3 Award Qualification and has 15 UCAS Points.

Please Note: The CACHE registration fee is included within the price of this course.

Information on level descriptors can be found on the Ofqual's level descriptors page.

What is CACHE?

CACHE is the UK's only specialist awarding organisation for the children and adult care sectors, with a portfolio of qualifications ranging from Entry to Level 5. Last year, over 150,000 learners registered with them from over 1000 UK based Centres and overseas. For further information, go to: note that although you are purchasing this course from Distance Learning Centre, the delivery, assessment and quality assurance will be carried out by OSC who are an approved CACHE centre for assessment and certification.

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