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NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Holistic Baby and Child Care (Early Years Educator)

  • Saturday, October 03, 2020
  • 15:00 - 17:00
  • Rudolf Steiner House, 35 Park Road, London, NW1 6XT, with a May Residential at Emerson College, Sussex

This Holistic Baby and Child Care qualification synthesises Steiner Waldorf international Birth to Three training guidelines, an introduction to the Pikler approach, and the Early Years Foundation Stage requirements. 

The course is led by Dorothy Marlen, a Steiner early childhood teacher and Pikler pedagogue. Sam Greshoff, the other main tutor is another leading light in the Steiner early childhood movement in the UK. The course is quality assured and certified by the Crossfields Institute and the national awarding body NCFE CACHE, and the qualification has been designed to meet the requirements of the government’s criteria for Early Years Educator (Level 3) qualifications for carers of children from birth to five, released in July 2013, whilst uniquely offering a birth to three emphasis. 

The programme covers the development and care of children up to five years old, with an emphasis on the crucial first three years. It provides depth of understanding and a practical foundation for those wishing to work in Steiner settings and mainstream. The training provides a Level 3 Early Years Educator qualification for those wishing to care for children up to five years old in both Steiner and mainstream nurseries and kindergartens. The course also prepares parent and child group leaders, child-minders, play group leaders, parenting course leaders and carers of children up to three years old.


 Students and tutors on a residential at Emerson College

Good news for both EU and Non-Eu citizens

Because of its modular distance learning character, this course is open to EU and NON-EU citizens (see VISA section later). Because of its modular distance learning character, this course is now open to EU and NON-EU citizens (see VISA section in the Info Pack). All applicants however need to attend at least 80% of the full timetable and complete all the assignments to receive the CACHE (EYE) Level 3 Diploma. Your particular circumstances will be discussed with the registrar and course leader.

How is this training different from other Early Years trainings?

As well as fully meeting the criteria required by DfE standards for Early Years Educator qualifications, the training uniquely provides:

An integrated and detailed understanding of the development and respectful care of children under three

An in depth understanding of how to enable natural and full gross and fine motor development in the first three years

An emphasis on the principles and practice of creating care environments that encourage play exploration from birth to five, as this is the way children predominantly learn

Hands-on experience in practical and artistic skills, as well as singing, storytelling, simple puppetry, celebration of festivals and how to create a calm, imitation-rich environment

“Home from home” and outdoor models of childcare

A journey in self-development that will confer skills and confidence for caring for children, as well as supporting parents in parent and child groups, parent and baby groups and in other forms of parent support

“A deep nourishing insight into Early Years Education. I would recommend it to anyone who wishes to enter this profession (journey)and to anyone who is already in Early Years Education at a mainstream setting.” Lorena Alina Cavalcanti, Graduating student 2017

The course fee is £2950.

This is made up of £2619 which covers course expenses and in addition £331 for course registration with Crossfields Institute, the Steiner Waldorf Schools Fellowship and the Association of Steiner Waldorf Teachers and Educators. (ASWTE).

Payment can be made in full at the beginning of the course or paid in installments.

For information on grants, loans and bursaries, please contact Chiara Carones,

Please click here for more information and to apply.

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