Early Years Practitioner

Qualification: NCFE CACHE Diploma
Level 2

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About this course

The first year of this course is a great introduction to early years and health and social care. In the second year, you will specialise in early years and primary settings with a combination of practical and theory-based topics to give you a range of skills required for working in the industry.

It will prepare you to work with children between birth and 7 years. Throughout the course, you will complete a weekly work placement giving you excellent first-hand experience of working in the childcare industry. The placement is a total of 250 hours.

The course can be completed over 1 or 2 years depending on your grades which will be discussed at your interview.

Full-time students aged 16-18 will follow a study programme at City College which includes:

  • The main subject qualification
  • Work experience which is effective, relevant, and includes careers fairs, site visits, guest speakers and introduces you to the expectations of the real demands of work
  • English and maths, where students have not yet achieved a GCSE grade 9-4/A*-C in these subjects by age 16
  • Additional activities, such as tutorials and work-related learning, to help further develop the personal skills relevant to your progression goals

These four elements should combine to provide stretch and challenge to prepare you for progression to employment or further study.

What you will learn

Year 1

  • Services and roles in health, social care and early years sectors
  • Health and safety
  • Communication skills
  • Healthy eating
  • Values of working with children and vulnerable groups

Year 2

  • Child development from birth to 7 years
  • Play and learning
  • Nutrition
  • Physical development and activity
  • Exploring legislation
  • Safeguarding, protection and welfare of babies and young children
  • Promoting play and learning

If you successfully complete the first year of study you will gain a level 1 Diploma qualification. In order to progress to the second year, you will need to pass the first year of study.


All units are internally assessed using a range of methods. Skills-based outcomes must be achieved with reference to real work environment and must include direct observation with the workplace.

Entry requirements

Direct entry to year 2

4 GCSEs grade 3/D or above (including English and maths, science is also preferred)


Level 1 Diploma in Early Years or Health & Social Care (with level 1 functional skills)

Entry to year 1

GCSEs grade 2/E or above, OR Entry-level certificate

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

Please note a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check will also be required for this course.

Please note you must be over the age of 16 when this course begins.

Dates, times & fees
Start Date Course Times Duration Campus Fees
02/09/19 1 or 2 years Main campus
What next?
  • Level 3 Technical Diploma in Early Years
  • Advanced apprenticeship
  • Enter employment in nurseries, primary schools or pre-schools


Additional information

Trips, visits & activities

  • Guest speakers
  • Work experience
  • Industry week activities
  • Visits to nurseries