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Level 2 Introduction to Early Years Care & Education Certificate

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This is a one year programme designed for people who are aged 16 - 18 and 19+ who would like to work in a supporting role in private day nurseries, education, health authorities, social services and in private homes with young children under the age of 8. They will also spend two days a week on work placement.


The course teaches the skills, knowledge and understanding to pursue employment and/or progress to the Level 3 if successful. You will spend two days a week on work placement, as well as studying a variety of subjects including:

  • Child Development
  • Communication
  • Play and Activities
  • Safeguarding
  • Observation and Planning
  • Early Years Foundation Curriculum
  • Health and Safety

You will carry out practical activities, group work & individual course work

The learners will gain knowledge in College and be assessed on their skills in placement.


Teaching will include lectures, practical experience, outside speakers and work placement. The programme is unit based.

Course Leader profile

Samantha Emsley

I have been trained and involved within the childcare sector for 15 years and achieved the Kirklees Level 3 Quality Assurance Certificate in Childcare through which I supported and mentored other learners. Through enjoying the experience of supporting others to improve their own outcomes, I completed the PGCE at Huddersfield University and have worked for the last nine years within the childcare and Health team here at Calderdale college. My passion is inspiring learners to reach their full potential and to become a worthy practitioner within the care sector.

Entry Requirements

An intermediate course suitable for people aged 16-18 and 19+ who have at least 4 GCSE Grade at D or Grade 3 or or above including English Language or a relevant/equivalent Level 1 qualification plus Functional Skills English at Level 1. All students need to have a clear DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check. The College will apply and pay for this. Applicants will need to supply two satisfactory references. Interview with a specialist tutor.

Interview Process

Interview with a specialist tutor will be arranged on application at a specified time.

Questions & Answers

How is the course assessed?

The programme is assessed on unit tasks, a portfolio of evidence, a satisfactory work placement with reports showing competence.

Are there any opportunities for progression?

Level 3 Diploma in Childcare and Education (EYE) or an Apprenticeship,Diploma in EYE Workforce. This could lead to a career in private day nurseries, education, health authorities, social services and private homes in Britain, as well as overseas as a nursery assistant, holiday companies and cruise liners.

Functional Skills



Before Enrolment

The Advice & Guidance team provide impartial Student Advisors to give information about College Courses and provide initial guidance to help you decide which course is best for you . Financial advice and assistance if you need help with childcare, equipment, fees, or travel. Careers and Student Advisors to give you the necessary help and guidance you need when you are progressing on to further and higher education or employment.

During Your Study

To help you to succeed in your course of study we offer a range of services. For instance, you may have a learning difficulty and/or disability or other condition which significantly affects your daily life. If you would like to discuss your support needs, or for further information about the support available, please contact the study support team on 01422 357357 Ext 9347.

Home Educated Young People

Young people aged 14-16 who are home educated can now access college courses free of charge to enhance their education. If you are interested in finding out more about the opportunities available please contact the School Liaison Team on 01422 399332.

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Course details

  • Attendance: Full-time
  • Start Date: September 2018
  • Hours per week: 3 days per week + 2 days placement
  • Days: Mon-Wed
  • Start Time: 9.00 am
  • End Time: 4.00 pm
  • Duration: 1 year
  • Course Fees: This course is free for students age 16 - 18. For students 19+ please contact our Student Services Team In most cases students aged 18 and under who wish to enrol on a full time further education course will have their fees waived. Students who are aged 19 and over and who wish to enrol on a full time course should contact our Student Services Team on 01422-399367 for more information.
  • Venue: Calderdale College
  • Faculty: Science and Health Industries
  • Department Manager: Deborah Tims


  • Level: Level 2
  • Qualification Name: NCFE CACHE Level 2 Diploma in Child Care and Education
  • Awarding Body: NCFE CACHE

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