NCFE Level 3
Childcare Course

This is the perfect course if you want to start working in Early Years and begin your journey to becoming a fully qualified Level 3 Early Years practitioner. You don’t need any previous experience to join this NCFE CACHE accredited course, making it easy for you to start today and learn from home. This course is OFQUAL regulated, NCFE CACHE accredited and fully recognised.

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Course Overview – great courses, fully recognised


This course is the official government-regulated NCFE CACHE qualification to become an Early Years practitioner. It’s simple to follow with friendly 1-1 tutor support. Our user-friendly approach allows for rapid course progression enabling you to complete your course as quickly as possible. We have a wealth of experience providing training for the Early Years sector, and all our courses meet the highest standards.

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You’ll gain the knowledge and understanding of Early Years childcare of children from birth to 5 years and further knowledge of children aged 5 to 7 years. Once you’ve completed this course, you can progress to the Level 3 Certificate in Childcare and Education and then on to the Level 3 Diploma in Childcare and Education (Early Years Educator).

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We take enrolments 365 days of the year – enrol today, and there’s no waiting to start. You will get full, instant access to your course with your own personal tutor, who will make sure you pass your course as quickly as possible – take the next step now!

A fully recognised qualification

We know it’s no easy task when deciding which Early Years course to enrol on. There’s plenty of choices out there, so we’ve done our utmost to provide you with the best syllabus you will find anywhere. There is a huge demand for Early Years workers around the country, and many thousands of applicants for these positions. To work in the Early Years sector, you must first undergo government-regulated training to ensure you are familiar with working with children and how to support them. This is the ideal course to start your new career in Early Years!



The latest 2023 RQF syllabus

This course follows the latest Early Years guidelines, with up-to-date information. You don’t need to be working in a nursery for this course. This is a knowledge-only qualification. Experience in the real work
environment is not required

Child development from conception to seven years
RQF Unit Reference F/506/5384
Unit Level Level 3
Guided Learning 116 hours

This unit will provide you with an understanding of how children develop, from conception to seven years of age.

This unit explores:

  • The expected pattern of development for children
  • Factors that influence children’s development
  • Monitoring children’s development and interventions
Children’s health and well-being
RQF Unit Reference J/506/5385
Unit Level Level 3
Guided Learning 64 hours

This unit will provide you with knowledge and understanding of children’s health and well-being from birth to seven years of age.

This unit explores:

  • How to promote emotional well-being
  • The role of the Early Years practitioner
  • The physical needs of children
  • Factors that may impact on the health of children
  • The nutritional value of different food groups/li>

Course entry requirements

You don’t need any previous qualifications or have to be working in a nursery for this Level 3 course. You will be taught the full level 3 Award syllabus once enrolled.

  • No formal qualifications are required.
  • No work placement is required.
  • You must be over 16 years of age.
  • Enrolments are open all year.

Course Delivery – instant access to your course

Receive immediate access to your course as soon as you enrol.

Home study course – enrol at anytime

This is a home study course meaning there’s no need to come to the college. There’s no mention of home study on your certificate, and as it’s a government-regulated qualification, you’re guaranteed your certificate is fully accepted and recognised by all.

Your Course Materials – paper or online study

You’ll be given instant online access to your course. You can also have your course delivered as paper handbooks if you prefer.

The enrolment fee includes your NCFE CACHE certificate, course materials and full tutor support.

A genuine government certificate from OFQUAL

Study with us, and you will gain exactly the same government-accredited qualification and certificates as a local college.

Upon course completion, you will receive a government-regulated NCFE CACHE Level 3 RQF certificate that’s fully recognised & accepted by all Early Years settings. There’s no mention of distance learning or home study anywhere on the certificate, and we guarantee it’s the same qualification as all attendance-based colleges provide.

NCFE CACHE Level 3 Award in Childcare and Education

( RQF’s have now replaced the old NVQ & QCF qualifications )

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Thanks to my fab tutor Chris for helping me so much. You were always there for me and I wouldn’t have finished sooooo quickly with our you! You are a star Christophar… see what I did there lol 🙂 x

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Great, friendly tutors with in depth knowledge of teaching.

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I would highly recommend this course, the course material given is excellent, it’s easy to send your work off and receive feedback, I knew my tutor was always there if I needed him too. I found the whole course very interesting and I’ve learnt loads.


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So far I’m really happy, it’s easy to use and my tutor Chris has been great. I’d say you can’t really go wrong with this course, I think it’s the best on the market.

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I’m almost halfway through my course & really enjoying the content. All queries are speedily replied to and my assessments marked and returned quickly.


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After lots of searching this was the best value course I could find and I’m very pleased with how it all worked out. I managed to get it finished in under 3 months and decided to carry on doing the work based certificate course.

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It’s been a real pleasure working with my tutor Chris who has a more holistic and flexible approach than any of my other experiences and has kept me on track. Seven months on and I’m just about to finish my course.

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Excellent service from Chris and de montfort college, I’ve been continuously offered support and help throughout..very pleased!


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I’ve flippin done it lol, 7 months hard graft finally paid off. Over the moon and honestly recommend this course to anyone thinking about it. I really enjoyed so 5 out of 5 from me x

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I just started working in my dream job and couldn’t have got here without all the help I got so just want to say thanks to all. Take care, you know who you are 🙂 Naz x

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I had fantastic tutor support throughout my course and I couldn’t be more delighted with my course. Thank you Demontfort college, I definitely have no hesitation recommending you to my school head.

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So far their courses have proved to be good quality and in particular, the support I have got is easy to use. The reason I chose this course was for the telephone support which I couldn’t find anywhere else.

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I really do reccomend this course, my tutor was very helpful and responded very quickly when I needed help and advice. I completed my course within the year time given and found it pretty straight forward.

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Found my tutor exceptional in terms of friendliness, professionalism and willingness to offer help and assistance.Staff should be praised, thank you


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I just finished and everything was good thank you. My friend finished her course with you a and told me it was ok so I went and did it with you.

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    6-Months to complete
    • Home study course
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    • Recognised by OFQUAL
    • Accepted by OFSTED
    Meeting the highest standards - we’re fully accredited by NCFE to deliver nationally recognised qualifications.
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    Why De Montfort

    At De Montfort, we have many years of experience providing the highest quality online Early Years courses, here are some of the reasons we think you’ll love us.

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    With all our courses delivered online, we can minimise costs and provide you with official qualifications for less than most physical colleges.

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    Supportive tutors

    All of our friendly tutors are experts in their field and will be on hand to support you every step of the way through your Early Years course.

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    Online tuition

    Our online tuition allows you to study from the comfort of your own home and at your own pace.

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    Accredited courses

    All of our courses are accredited by NCFE CACHE, giving you an RQF qualification recognised by all schools.

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    Save time

    Because you’ll be studying online, there’s no need to travel to and from classes, saving you both time and money.

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    Highly rated

    We’ve built a reputation for quality, and all of our courses regularly receive outstanding feedback from students.

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