NFCE CACHE Diploma in Early Years Practitioner Level 2

Full Time

About the course

CACHE (Council for Awards in Care, Health and Education) courses are national qualifications, which will give you a good foundation of knowledge in Early years and Child Care.

Gain the knowledge and understanding of babies and young children from birth to seven years of age with applied knowledge in the early years, 0–5 years. Learners will need to be working, volunteering or on practical placement to show competence in both knowledge and skills.

There are fourteen units in this qualification.

You will study a number of units at any one time including: Safeguarding, protection and welfare of babies and children in early years settings; Roles and responsibilities of the EYP; Promoting play in early years settings; Health and Safety in early years settings; Supporting children’s development.

Entry requirements

4 GCSEs Grade 3 including English and Maths or successful completion of Level 1.

Where next?

Learners can enter the workforce as a qualified Level 2 Early Years Practitioner or continue to study for a Level 3 Diploma leading to Early Years Educator status, currently delivered at New College Swindon. You may find work within the Voluntary, Statutory and Private sectors. Such roles could include Nursery assistant/Classroom assistant or a Nanny.

Work experience and employability

Learners will complete approximately 250 placement hours whilst undertaking this qualification; this will be carried out on one day per week alongside their studies. Placement opportunity will allow for sufficient skills application with babies and young children in order to meet the assessment criteria for the qualification.

What additional resources will I need?

You will need a New College T-shirt for uniform on placement; These are £11. You will be expected to cover the travel costs to your work experience placements. You may also want to buy some of the textbooks used in class or access the e-learning resources provided.

Fees information

This course is free to students aged 16-18.

Students aged 19+ will usually be charged a tuition fee, unless they meet certain eligibility criteria for fee remission. For those paying, an Advanced Learner Loan may be available. For further advice on fees, waivers and loans, please contact the Fees Co-Ordinator at Queens Drive.


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