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.

How To Apply

To apply to study on this part-time course you will need to complete and return the part-time application form in the next menu.

Most part-time courses will start in September, however they can start at various points during the year, and some part-time courses will run more than once per academic year.

Please see the menu below for the next course start date.

Applicants will receive an acknowledgement email or card within one week of the application being received by our Admissions team, if you do not receive this you should contact the team to check that your application has been received. Courses will run subject to sufficient applications being received.

Our aim is to make it as easy as possible to secure your place on your ideal programme. Simply download and complete the part time application form and return it to our Admissions team as early as possible. You can return your completed application form in person or by post to our Colchester (for applications to Colchester and Clacton) or Braintree campuses:

Colchester Institute
Sheepen Road

The College at Braintree
Church Lane

If you have any further questions about the application process or next available start date, want to check the progress of your application or if you are unsure about anything please contact us using the enquiry line or enquiry form below.

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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+: £1,307


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