Level 3: Children & Young People’s Workforce

Children and Young Peoples Workforce

Level 3 Diploma

About this qualification

This qualification has been developed for people wanting to work in the children and young people’s workforce. Suitable for those in full or part time learning or employment, it develops the wide-ranging knowledge and skills needed when working with children and young people from birth up to 19 years.

It covers a diverse range of job roles and occupational areas – including those in social care settings and offers a wealth of career opportunities. On completion learners will be able to work unsupervised with children and young people.

Entry requirements

Learners should be at least 16 years old. We do not set any other entry requirements but colleges or training providers may have their own guidelines.

Experience in the workplace

Learners will need to be working, volunteering or on practical placement as they will need to show competence in both knowledge and skills.

Units

All learners will need to complete the 11 core mandatory units regardless of the pathway taken. Total credit value: 27

Core mandatory units – for both pathways

  • Promote communication in health, social care or children’s and young people’s settings
  • Engage in personal development in health, social care or children’s and young people’s settings
  • Promote equality and inclusion in health, social care or children’s and young people’s settings
  • Principles for implementing duty of care in health, social care or children’s and young people’s settings
  • Understand child and young person development
  • Promote child and young person development
  • Understand how to safeguard the well being of children and young people
  • Support children and young people’s health and safety
  • Develop positive relationships with children, young people and others involved in their care
  • Working together for the benefit of children and young people
  • Understand how to support positive outcomes for children and young people

Social care pathway

  • Assessment and planning with children and young people
  • Promote the well-being and resilience of children and young people
  • Professional practice in children and young people’s social care

Learning, development and support services pathway

Support children and young people to achieve their education potential Knowledge/ Skills 3 4 M/600/9788 Support children and young people to make positive changes in their lives Knowledge/ Skills 3 4 D/600/9799 Professional practice in learning, development and support services

Optional units

  • Work with babies and young children to promote their development and learning
  • Care for the physical and nutritional needs of babies and young children
  • Lead and manage a community based early years setting
  • Promote young children’s physical activity and movement skills
  • Understand how to set up a home based childcare service
  • Support disabled children and young people and those with specific requirements
  • Promote creativity and creative learning in young children
  • Support young people to develop, implement and review a plan of action
  • Provide information and advice to children and young people
  • Develop interviewing skills for work with children and young people
  • Assessment and planning with children and young people
  • Promote the well-being and resilience of children and young people
  • Professional practice in children and young people’s social care
  • Caseload management
  • Support young people to move towards independence and manage their lives
  • Support children and young people to achieve their learning potential
  • Support children and young people to have positive relationships
  • Support positive practice with children and young people with speech, language and communication needs
  • Coordinate special educational needs provision
  • Understand the needs of children and young people who are vulnerable and experiencing poverty and disadvantage
  • Support young people who are involved in anti-social and/or criminal activities
  • Support young people who are looked after or are leaving care
  • Support speech, language and communication development
  • Work with parents, families and carers to support their children’s speech, language and communication development
  • Understand the speech, language and communication needs of children and young people with behavioural, social and emotional difficulties
  • Support the speech, language and communication development of children who are learning more than one language
  • Support children and young people’s speech, language and communication skills
  • Support young people who are socially excluded or excluded from school
  • Support young people in relation to sexual health and risk of pregnancy
  • Enable parents to develop ways of handling relationships and behaviour that contribute to everyday life with children
  • Work with parents to meet their children’s needs
  • Support young people with mental health problems
  • Support the creativity of children and young people
  • Work with children and young people in a residential care setting
  • Support children or young people in their own home
  • Engage young parents in supporting their children’s development
  • Engage fathers in their children’s early learning
  • Engage parents in their children’s early learning
  • Promote positive behaviour
  • Support care within fostering services for vulnerable children and young people
  • Improving the attendance of children and young people in statutory education
  • Facilitate the learning and development of children and young people through mentoring
  • Support the referral process for children and young people
  • Support use of medication in social care settings
  • Context and principles for early years provision
  • Promote learning and development in the early year
  • Promote children’s welfare and well-being in the early years
  • Professional practice in early years settings
  • Support children’s speech, language and communication
  • Assessment and planning with children and young people
  • Promote the well being and resilience of children and young people
  • Professional practice in children and young people’s social care
  • Support children and young people to achieve their education potential
  • Support children and young people to make positive changes in their lives
  • Professional practice in learning, development and support services
  • Understand the context of supporting children and young people through foster care
  • Practise as a foster carer
  • Support positive attachments for children and young people

Assessment

All units are assessed by the Centre using a range of methods. This could include direct observation in the workplace, a portfolio of evidence, written assignments or a task set by us.

Progression

On completion learners can progress to various job roles depending on the pathway taken. The lists below are not all-inclusive, but give a taster of the opportunities available. This qualification can also provide progression to the Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Health and Social Care and Children and Young People’s Services or a Foundation Degree.

Social care pathway

  • supporting teaching and learning workers who visit families of pre-school  children at home
  • foster carers
  • children and families social workers
  • registered managers of children’s homes, plus deputy and assistant managers
  • residential childcare workers
  • children and family court advisory and support service advisers
  • youth worker
  • community care officer
  • professional assistant
  • family centre worker

Learning , development and support services pathway

  • learning mentor

For more information

Full details of this qualification can be found on our website www.cache.org.uk or our secure Centre website cachezone.