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NCFE/CACHE Level 2 Diploma for the Early Years Practitioner


Early Years

Study Mode

Part time

Start Date



60 weeks



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Course Overview

This qualification is ideal for learners looking to work with children between birth and 5 years, and gain knowledge of working with children for up to 7 years.The aim of this qualification is to provide learners with the knowledge and understanding of babies and young children from birth to 7 years of age with applied knowledge in the early years, 0-5 years. 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.Upon successful completion of this qualification, learners can enter the workforce as a qualified Level 2 Early Years Practitioner or continue to study for a Level 3 Diploma holding Early Years Educator status.

What will I learn?

This qualification prepares learners to work with children from birth to five years, with knowledge of children up to seven years.
This course consists of 14 units that all learners must complete. These are as follows:

Roles and responsibilities of the Early Years Practitioner
Health and safety of babies and young children in the early years
Equality, diversity and inclusive practice in Early Years Settings
Safeguarding, protection and welfare of babies and young children in Early Years Settings
Understand how to support children’s development
Support care routines for babies and young children
Support the planning and delivery of activities, purposeful play opportunities and educational programmes
Promote play in an Early Years Setting
Support well-being of babies and young children for healthy lifestyles
Support babies and young children to be physically active
Support the needs of babies and young children with Special Educational Needs and Disability
Promote positive behaviour in Early Years Settings
Partnership working in the early years
Support the needs of the child in preparing for school

Study, Assessment and Qualifications

All units are assessed by a designated assessor using a range of methods. This will include direct observations in the workplace, a portfolio of evidence and written assignments.

Entry Requirements

Learners will need to be working or volunteering for a minimum of 3 days a week to show competence in both knowledge and skills.

Learners should complete 250 placement hours whilst undertaking this qualification. Placement opportunity must allow for sufficient skills application with babies and young children to meet the assessment criteria for the qualification. All learners must have access to working with babies in order to complete this course.

Additional Costs and Information

This qualification will take approximately 14 to 15 months to complete.

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