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NCFE/​CACHE Level 2 Diploma for the Early Years Practitioner

Key course information

Health, Care and Early Years


16 weeks

Part time


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Course Overview

Do you love the idea of helping young minds develop and grow? This qualification is ideal for you if you are looking to work with children between birth and 5 years, and gain knowledge of working with children who are up to 7 years old.The aim is to provide you with the understanding and confidence you need to care for babies and children who fit in the above age criteria. The qualification content meets the Department for Education’s (DfE) Level 2 full and relevant criteria for a Level 2 Early Years Practitioner in the workforce.

What will I learn?

During this course you will need to demonstrate your passion and determination towards your role as a practitioner, demonstrating you care for the children you look after. There are 14 units in this course which cover a variety of areas aimed to aid you in your practitioner role. You will be able to safely handle babies and young children, bearing in mind aspects such as equality, diversity and inclusive practice. You will also be conscious of the safeguarding, protection and welfare of the babies and young children.

Other areas which are covered in this course are how to successfully plan and deliver activities and understanding how to support children's development.

Entry Requirements

- Prior to beginning this qualification, an Initial Assessment is undertaken to check if you have the language, literacy, and numeracy skills necessary to achieve the qualification. This must be passed and also identifies what you will need to learn.
- You will ideally be employed but you could also be volunteering in a setting where you are able to complete 250 placement hours.
- You must have access to working with babies in order to complete this course.
- You need to have a recognised Level 1 English and Math's completed prior to the completion of the qualification.

Study, Assessment and Qualifications

All units are assessed by a designated assessor using a range of methods

Assessments will include direct observations in the workplace, a portfolio of evidence and written assignments.

Additional Costs and Information

Duration of the course is typically 14 – 15 months for those new to the sector.
The fee is £1112.50.
You will need to attend mandatory workshops in the college in order to complete this course.

What Could I Do Next?

On completion of your course you may choose to progress onto these following courses

Health, Care and Early Years

Career Opportunities

  • Teaching Assistant
  • Youth Worker
  • Social Worker

  • Psychologist
  • Teacher
  • Children's Nurse

At any one time, there are over 80,000 social care vacancies in England

Researchers note babies may cry with the intonation of their mother tongue

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