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The NCFE CACHE Level 2 Certificate in an Introduction to Early Years Education and Care prepares learners to work with children between birth and 5 years, with knowledge of children up to 7 years.

This is the start of your journey in becoming an Early Years Educator. If you are interested in working with children in the early years, then this level 2 qualification will support your development into the childcare sector.

Career Destinations

This qualification is for those working or volunteering in a school environment and want to gain a nationally recognised qualification. It is suitable for those working in roles supporting pupils learning including:

  • Teaching assistants
  • Learning support assistants
  • Special educational needs assistants

What can I do next?

On completion of this qualification you will be able to progress on to the Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Workforce or gain employment as a Nursery Assistant, Pre-School Assistant.

What will I be doing?

Through attending College one evening per week, you will undertake units relating to the following mandatory themes

  • Introducing the role of the early years practitioner
  • Legislation, frameworks and professional practice
  • Play, development and learning for school readiness
  • Professional development

Optional units include:

  • Supporting healthy lifestyles for children through the provision of food and nutrition
  • Support healthy lifestyles for children through exercise
  • Support creative play

Added Extras

You will be assigned your own personal Assessor who will support you with gathering evidence to support the assessment of your work.

How will I be assessed?

To gain this qualification you will need to achieve a Pass in ALL units. Full achievement of this qualification until all components are complete

All units will be internally assessed using a range of methods including direct observation within the workplace, a portfolio of evidence, written assignments or a task we have set.

You will need to show competence in a 'real work' environment.

Entry requirements?

Learners will need to be working, volunteering or on a practical placement as an important part of the assessment process involves evaluating skills in real working situations. 250 placement hours are recommended

You must have a paid or voluntary role in an early years setting for at least 10 hours a week.

What do I need to bring?

You may want to purchase the course book ' Certificate In An Introduction To Early Years Education And Care (Qcf)

Fee Information

If you are aged 19 to 23 and this is your first level 2 qualification then it is free. If you are over 23 or this is not your first level 2 qualification you will pay £899

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