CACHE Level 3 Diploma for Early Years Workforce (Early Years Educator)

This course offers nationally recognised qualification. The course combines high standards of teaching, mentoring and assessing, along with providing opportunities to gain practical childcare skills. Through participation in a work placement scheme, we provide students with an amazing opportunity to both study and build up their professional experience in childcare.

This intensive course is designed for working people, with weekend or evening virtual classes and guided online learning available throughout the academic year.

The main benefit of completing this course is having a wide range of employment opportunities that our students can choose to follow. You can apply for work in settings (crèches, nurseries, reception classes at schools, pre-school centres), as practitioners, or pursue a career as a professional nanny in the private home setting. There is no other childcare training centre in London that combines these two different career paths in one course.

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The London School of Childcare Studies provides a work-pay-study scheme for this course. We are able to set up a funding scheme with the student’s employer (e.g. a private family or any type of childcare setting such as a nursery), enabling students to have their course fees paid directly to us by their employers from your salary, as long as you are working in a childcare setting, or caring for infants or children up to 5 years old.

This will help you spread the cost whilst getting the experience you need to complete your training.


Upon completion of this qualification you will have full authorisation to practise as an Early Years Educator. You can work in any of the following roles;

  • Highly qualified nannies/childminders in a private home setting
  • Assistants in children’s centres
  • Nursery practitioners
  • Practitioners in reception classes in primary schools
  • Pre-school workers

On completion of your Cache Level 3 Diploma you can progress onto a foundation degree/higher education. CACHE Level 4 Certificate for the Early Years Advanced Practitioner is perfect for existing practitioners looking to move up in their career towards senior and management positions or CACHE Level 5 Diploma in Leadership & Management for residential childcare.

Here is a useful schematic of possible career pathways, produced by CACHE

Theme 1: Health and Well-being

Theme 2: Legislation, frameworks and professional practice

Theme 3: Play, development and learning for school readiness

Theme 4: Professional Development

  • Applicants must be at least 18 years old and be able to take up either paid or voluntary employment in a home environment or in an early years setting
  • Valid UK, EEA or Swiss passport required
  • Excellent spoken and written English
  • Applicants must have GCSE’s (or Level 2 Functional Skills) in Maths and English. For students from overseas, you can have your qualification(s) checked through UK NARIC, in order to check their equivalence to the UK GCSEs.
  • All applicants will be required to apply for a DBS check (Disclosure & Barring Service, formerly the Criminal Records Check) through us unless they already hold an up to date and clean DBS. In either case, this needs to show there are no issues to be employed as a child care provider.
  • Two references will need to be provided by applicants (one professional and one character)

Students generally take  12 – 18 months to complete all their  assignments, but it can be completed quicker if you are able to put more time into your studies.

Some students have finished the course in 9 months.

In order to gain this qualification the student is expected to:

  • Demonstrate their theoretical and practical skills through their individual work and completing written assignments
  • Complete longitudinal study (child observations and running records by students)
  • Demonstrate their practical skills and vocational competence in the Real Work Environment
  • Attend classes

Tuition fees for our CACHE Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Workforce (QCF) Incorporating the Home Based Childcare Practitioner is £2,700 including a £300 registration fee, which is payable upon acceptance of a place with us.

We can also offer a monthly instalment plan: £300 registration fee followed by 12 monthly payments of £210, and this can be paid directly by the students’ employer, as a deduction from their salary.

You are required to have an up-to-date DBS. If you haven’t had a DBS check then we can arrange this for you at a cost of £75, which doesn’t include the update service, this will need to be purchased separately by yourself when you receive your certificate.

LSCS is a professional training academy for  child carers that provides high standards of teaching, mentoring and assessing. The investment in this course by our students opens up attractive employment opportunities for graduates.

CACHE Level 3 Tutor and Assessor

Lisa McKean is an Early Years Adviser, Trainer and Assessor. She has over twenty years’ childcare experience, working her way up from nursery nurse to senior management level. Lisa has an Early Years Foundation Degree and intends to go on to study for a Masters in Therapeutic Play in the future. Lisa has taught in further education for eleven years teaching Early Years and Education and numerous short courses including parenting. She has fulfilled a number of local authority tenders, including work with children’s centres and services such as the Teenage Pregnancy Unit. She qualified as a midwife and has worked in other healthcare roles including care of the elderly and dental nursing. Lisa specialises in working with babies and the setting which she currently supports recently achieved an outstanding Ofsted grade. Her great passion is for being part of the learner’s learning journey, seeing them go on to achieve their goals.

All Upcoming Dates

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CACHE Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Workforce, Early Years Educator (QCF) Incorporating Home Based Childcare Practitioner | Oct 2021 Virtual classroom
  • October 26, 2021 6:00 pm
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CACHE Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Workforce, Early Years Educator (QCF) Incorporating Home Based Childcare Practitioner | Jan 2022 Virtual classroom
  • January 25, 2022 6:00 pm
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Work experience is an important part of this professional childcare course. Practical training allows you to learn essential skills to support both children they are in charge of and parents who they work along with.


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To apply for a place on our Professional Nanny course you will be required to follow these steps:

  • Fill out our online application form.

  • Have an up-to-date CV with a personal statement and references.

  • DBS check (if you are not on the update service, we will apply for you).

  • If your application is successful, you will be invited for an interview.

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