Introduction to Early Years Education and Care (CACHE Certificate) Level 2 (PT)

The Introduction to Early Years Education and Care (CACHE Certificate) Level 2 programme is a one year programme which will prepare learners to work at a supervised level within early years settings with children aged birth – 5 years.

Course Content

The qualification is built out of four themes, these are:

  • Theme 1 – Introducing the role of the Early Years’ practitioner
  • Theme 2 – Legislation, framework and professional practice
  • Theme 3 – Play, development and learning for school readiness
  • Theme 4 – Professional development

Within these themes it is necessary to complete 14 mandatory units and 2 optional units. In total 16 units are studied through the year. It is also a requirement to complete at least 250 placement hours (although some learners may be required to do in excess of this amount in order to complete all assessed tasks required of them in the work placement).

How will I be assessed?

Assessment of the units consists of written assignments and set tasks, which are internally assessed and verified, and a portfolio of work and practical observations in the workplace setting by a qualified assessor. The Assessor will visit the student in placement to sign off competency in the workplace. Approximately eight hours of study in the student’s own time is required to complete the programme of study.

What award will I achieve?

CACHE Level 2 Certificate in Introduction to Early Years Education and Care

What are the entry requirements?

Candidates should have a strong interest in the area of working with children to support their learning, and development. They will need to be dedicated and committed to their study and be responsible for their own learning. Students on this course are required to be employed or volunteering in a suitable childcare setting that can include Nursery, School or Pre-school. For this pathway it must be suitable employment to meet all qualifications criteria.

What Can I Do Next?

Possible progression to Cache Level 3 Early Years Workforce Qualification.

Introduction to Early Years’ Education and Care (CACHE Certificate) Level 2 (PT)
LevelLevel 2
Duration36 weeks
Study ModePart-Time
CampusColchester Institute
Start DateSeptember 2020
Fee(s)19+: £903


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