Early Years Education and Care (Introduction)

Qualification: CACHE Certificate
Level 2

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About this course

This qualification will prepare you for working with children between birth and five years, with knowledge of children up to seven years. The course covers a wide range of knowledge and skills development in early years. It is designed to meet the government guidelines for the Early Years Educator.

The course takes place fortnightly; however the alternative week can be used for independent study making full use of the college resources with additional assessor support available by appointment. 

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What you will learn

This qualification is divided in to the following four themes:

  • Introducing the role of the early years practitioner
  • Legislation, framework and professional practice
  • Play development and learning for school
  • Professional development

Within these themes there are a number of units including:

  • Support physical care routines for children
  • An introduction to the role of the early years practitioner
  • Understand how to work in partnership
  • Understand legislation relating to the safeguarding, protection and welfare of children
  • Use legislation relating to the health and safety of children
  • Use legislation relating to equality, diversity and inclusive practice
  • Understand how to plan to meet the needs of the developing child
  • Supporting children’s play
  • Support children’s play in early years
  • Support the needs of the child in preparing for school
  • Supporting children’s development
  • Use observation, assessment and planning
  • Support children’s positive behaviour
  • Engage in professional development
Learning style

The early year’s team deliver a course which is differentiated to meet all individual learning styles and provide equality of opportunity for all learners.


All units will be internally assessed using a range of methods. This could include direct observation within the workplace, a portfolio of evidence, written assignments or a task set by CACHE.

Entry requirements

You will need to be working, volunteering or on a practical placement for a total of 10 hours or 3 sessions a week as an important part of the assessment process involves evaluating skills in real working situations. Additionally a DBS will be required by the setting and may incur an additional cost.

A letter from your placement supervisor/manager on headed paper and/or company stamped stating their support for the training and assessment process is required prior to any enrolment process taking place.

NOTE: although there are no specific GCSE entry requirements for this course it is advisable to study GCSE English and maths alongside your course to attain the required A*-C grades for future Level 3 progression.

You will be required to attend an interview at the College prior to enrolling onto the course.

Dates, times & fees
Start Date Course Times Duration Campus Fees
11/09/18 18:00 - 20:00 (Tuesday) 1 year Main campus £900*
15/01/19 18:00 - 20:00 (Tuesday) 1 year Main campus £900*
What next?
  • Level 3 CACHE Diploma for the Early Years Workforce (Early Years Educator)
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