- Northern Ireland
This qualification is not listed on the DfE 16 – 19 performance tables.
This qualification aims to build the knowledge and skills needed when working with children and young people from birth to 19 years.
It is suitable for delivery as a two-year, full-time qualification which incorporates the Level 3 Diploma for Children’s Care, Learning and Development (CCLD) (Wales and Northern Ireland).
The Level 3 Extended Diploma for Children’s Care, Learning and Development (Wales and Northern Ireland) is suitable for those who might like to progress to a degree in a related discipline.
This qualification allows learners who have already completed the Level 3 Diploma for Children’s Care, Learning and Development (Wales and Northern Ireland) to gain the full qualification by completing only the additional units, and the three externally marked assignments.
It also gives learners the opportunity to gain the Level 3 Certificate in Playwork, through the addition of Playwork units (see stage two: extended optional units within section 'Subject areas').
This qualification was launched in January 2013.
CACHE-branded qualifications are specialist qualifications in the childcare, health and social care and education sectors.
In 2015 CACHE became part of NCFE.
The qualification is composed of mandatory and optional units. These units can be knowledge-based, skills and competency-based, or a combination of both.
Learners must achieve a minimum of 150 credits to achieve the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Children’s Care, Learning and Development (Wales and Northern Ireland). This is made up of:
- 49 credits from the CCLD mandatory units
- a minimum of 16 credits from the CCLD optional units
- 65 credits from the extended mandatory units
- a minimum of 20 credits from the extended optional units
The extended mandatory units are:
- Extending understanding of theories of children and/or young person's care or development
- Understand the role of policies in children and/or young people's settings
- Maintaining the health of children and/or young people
- An introduction to leadership and management
- Supporting the development of study skills
- Working with families of children and/or young people
- Working as part of more than one team
- Supportive approaches to behaviour management
- Formal recording for use within the work environment
- Research to support practice when working with children and /or young people
The extended optional units are:
- Support children and/or young people’s development of art drama and music
- The Common Assessment Framework for children and/or young people
- Learning about planning for given frameworks or curricula
- Support numeracy and literacy development in children and/or young people
- Observing children and/or young people’s play to inform future support
- Learning styles and their role in learning and achievement
- Managing quality standards when working with children and/or young people
- Supporting science and technology development in children and/or young people
- Understand aspects of Playwork practice **
- Understand Playwork Principles *
- Understand children and young people’s self-directed play **
- Understand the organisational framework for play **
- Understand relationships in the play environment **
- Understand health, safety and security in the play environment **
- Understand how to plan for and support children and young people’s self-directed play **
These units are taken in addition to those from the Level 3 Diploma for Children’s Care, Learning and Development (Wales and Northern Ireland).
*Learners taking any of the Playwork optional units marked ** must take Understand Playwork Principles as one of their optional units.
- Level 3
A* – E
The CCLD units will be internally assessed using a range of methods. Methods of assessment could include:
- reflection on learner’s own practice in real work situations
- learner’s own plans and written records
- task set by us for knowledge learning outcomes only
- inference of knowledge from direct observation of practice
- witness evidence when directed by the sector skills assessment strategy
- professional discussion
- written assignments
The extended units will be internally assessed using mandatory assessment tasks which NCFE CACHE will set. The three extended assessments will be externally assessed.
Each extended assessment is awarded a grade from A* through to D. The grade will then be converted into points. The sum total of points from the three extended assessments completed will be used to calculate the overall grade for the qualification.
Learners must pass all three extended assessments in order to achieve an overall grade of A* to D.
Learners who do not pass all of the three extended assessments, but who successfully pass the Extended Diploma Units, will be awarded a grade E.
In order for a certificate to be issued, a "U" grade must be submitted to NCFE CACHE for any extended assessment which has not been successfully passed.
Within each of the three External Assessments which comprise the overall qualification grade, there is a maximum of one further opportunity after the first submission for learners to submit the External Assessment to achieve a pass grade or to improve a grade.
Total guided learning hours for the Extended Diploma 1,046 – 1,099
NCFE CACHE Level 3 Extended Diploma for Children's Care, Learning and Development (Wales and Northern Ireland)
The first cohort of learners will have completed the qualifications by July 2015.
Most learners start their studies in September and complete towards the end of the following academic year.
There is the flexibility to allow some to progress quicker than others.
Results are confirmed, and certificates issued, upon completion.
This qualification is current.
Results are made available to CACHE centres throughout the year.
Data is provided for DfE, Ofqual, Skills for Care and Development and Skills Active.
On completion of this qualification learners can progress to various job roles, dependent on their chosen pathway. The following list is not exhaustive, but indicative of the opportunities available:
- care worker
- child minder
- nursery nurse
- play group assistants
- nursery assistants/ Cylch Meithrin assistant
- crèche assistants
- out of school childcare worker