If you have a caring personality and love spending time with kids, why not take a level 3 childcare course? There are so many career opportunities linked to this course, including a nursery nurse or practitioner, an educator, a nursery worker, a child-minder, or a nanny.

To help you get started here are just some of the level 3 childcare courses that you could take…


The Council for Awards in Care, Health, and Education offer a vast variety of courses and are currently the UK’s leading provider of vocational qualifications in the care, education and health sectors. They teach Childcare qualifications from Level 2 all the way to Level 5, all of which have been developed to meet the needs of the childcare sector.

Their gold standard Level 3 qualifications are well known in the early years sector, and you can choose to study a Level 3 diploma in Early Years Education and Care, Childcare and Education,  or the Early years workforce. Most of their qualifications require external assessments to be sat, and learners should also be at least 16 with at least a C or 4 in English and Maths at GCSE. Prices also vary depending on which specific course you do.

Oxbridge Home Learning

Oxbridge Home Learning is an award-winning educational provider who supports their students by allocating them a personal course tutor to help them as much or as little as they need. You must be at least 16 years old to enrol on their NCFE CACHE Level 3 Award in Childcare and Education, which will cost £395 or from £30 a month.

The course is also fully recognised by Ofsted, and you can also earn UCAS points. The course is designed to be done by students remotely. and will take an estimated 180 hours to complete. Your dedicated tutor will also set you assignments which they will mark, but you are not required to take an external exam.

Learn Direct

Learn Direct has already helped millions of people complete a course with them due to their vast variety of courses available, including a CACHE Level 3 Childcare qualification. Which will provide students with all the training and knowledge they need to work with children aged 0-5.

The course costs £3279.99 to enrol, however they do usually have discounts available. It currently is on at £1967.99 which is 40% off, and you also have the option to pay it in monthly instalments. They have a team available to help all students with their studies, and who will mark your work. It is expected that this course will take 486 hours to complete all 23 of its modules.

Online Learning College

The online learning college offers a variety of at-home study courses to students across the UK. These include a range of childcare and early years courses, such as a Level 3 Award in Childcare and Education, a Level 3 award in preparing to work in home-based childcare, a Level 3 early years award and a Level 3 award in Childminding.

These courses also vary in fees and length, but for some of them, you can enrol from just 10% of the course fee. Generally, they also can be completed in 12 months, or sooner as the average learning hours recommended is just 180 hours.

Open Study College

The Open Study College currently has a staggering 90,00 students studying courses with them across a range of levels and areas. This includes a range of Level 3 childcare awards, many of which are tailored towards the career path you wish to take. Such as an NCFE CACHE Level 3 Award in Home Based Childcare for a Childminder or for Nanny. They also have a CACHE Level 3 Award in Childcare and Education, and a Level 3 in child care home practitioners.

Depending on which course you choose the length and price will vary, however, The Open Study College does offer a variety of discounts and offers throughout the year for students to take advantage of. All of their courses also have payment plans available, as well as full tutor support throughout your study.


Reed is a great place to look when you are planning your career, as they have both free and paid courses available for students, and also advertise jobs available across a range of sectors. Their Level 3 Childcare and Education programme usually costs £298 but at the moment you can get it for just £10! They also have a Level 3 Recognised Childcare qualification and a Level 3 Childcare by ABC awards. All of which include tutor support, but some require more time and assessments than others.