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CACHE Level 2 Certificate in an Introduction to Early Years Education and Care (QCF)

  • Fee
  • Duration of course 36 weeks
  • Course type Part-time (Adults)
  • This course is suitable for Adults

Will the course give me what I want?

Course content

The course includes a combination of mandatory units and optional units which provide a minimum credit value of 33. Learners will be supported on a practical placement working with children which should be three days a week. Mandatory units cover topics such as communication, personal development, equality and inclusion, safeguarding, health and safety and paediatric first aid.

Outline of skills and knowledge

Learners will develop skills and become qualified to work with children aged 0-5 years, though they will study child development from 0-18 years of age. Teamwork is an essential part of the course and will enable learners to prepare for permanent employment in a nursery or similar setting.

What have students who have taken this course in the past progressed to?

Learners can progress on to the Level 3 Diploma for Children and Young People's Workforce or employment as an assistant in playgroups, children's centres, day nurseries, nursery schools and nursery classes in primary schools.

How will I learn?

As learners are in work placement, many skills will be developed in the workplace, with theoretical input taking place in the classroom. Teamwork will enable learners to analyse and evaluate their working experiences.

How will I be assessed?

All units are internally assessed and will use the following methods: direct observation of practice in the workplace, written assignments, learner's own written records, witness evidence, professional discussion, reflection on own work practice.

How much time should I be expected to spend on assignments, projects, field trips etc

It is important that learners are prepared to spend a day a week researching, preparing and writing assignments.

Which awarding body is the course validation by?


What qualifications or skills do I need to show I have before I can enrol?

It is essential to demonstrate at interview that you have a commitment to children and that you are mature enough to put children's needs first. Applicants need to demonstrate an understanding of written and spoken English. References are taken up for all applicants and you must be able to pass a CRB/DBS check. You will need to work in a nursery on a voluntary or paid basis for a minimum of 16 hours a week and be able to attend College for one day a week.

Applicants must be at least 18 years old.

Expected prior knowledge

Previous work experience is not essential but it is advisable that applicants have experience of looking after children through their own personal experiences.  

English level

Level 1 

Mathematics level

Entry 3 

Equipment and other costs


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