Early Years Education and Care (Introduction)

Qualification: CACHE Certificate
Level 2

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About the 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. 

* If you're unemployed or on a low wage and in receipt of benefits, then you might be eligible for full funding on this course. Please contact us for details on 023 8048 4848.

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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