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NCFE CACHE Level 2 Diploma for the Early Years Practitioner

This is a one year programme designed for people who are aged 16 – 18 and 19+ who would love to work with children and gain a Level 2 Certificate.

1 Year
Theory & Practical

Entry Requirements: 4 GCSE Grade at D/Grade 3 or above including English

Course Info

Opportunities can involve supporting roles in private day nurseries, education, health authorities, social services and in private homes with young children under the age of 5.

The course teaches the skills, knowledge and understanding needed to pursue employment in the industry 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
  • Children with additional needs

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.

Entry Requirements & Interview Process

An intermediate course suitable for people aged 16-18 and 19+ who have at least 4 GCSE Grade at D/Grade 3 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 and attend an interview with a specialist tutor.