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Introduction to Early Years Education and Care (NCFE CACHE Level 2) - Full-time

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Course outline

This course is perfect if you want to work in a nursery or with children from birth to 7 years. On successful completion of this course you will be able to undertake further study or seek employment as a Level 2 Early Years practitioner.

You’ll learn about the development of children, the importance of play, equality and inclusion.

You’ll also get an introduction to communication methods and how to support positive behaviour. You can expect a well-structured course with plenty of hands-on practical learning, in real Early Years settings such as day nurseries, school foundation units and play groups.

Learning from our experienced teaching staff, as well as alongside professionals already working in the sector, will give you a real insight and a head start when taking the next step in your career.

You will complete work experience placements (two days a week), which will be assessed continuously.

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NCFE CACHE Level 2 Certificate in Early Years Education and Care


1 year

Level Level 2
Entry requirements

You’ll need 4 GCSEs at grade 9–3/A*–D, including English Language and Maths – one of English Language or Maths must be grade 9–4/A*–C. Functional Skills Level 1 can be used as equivalent to GCSE grade 3/D and Functional Skills Level 2 can be used as equivalent to GCSE grade 4/C or above.


Choose to follow with a Level 3 Certificate in Childcare and Education or an Early Years/supporting teaching and learning apprenticeship with Nottingham College. You may also choose to start a career as a Level 2 Early Years practitioner in a nursery, Children’s Centre, play group or primary school.

Additional information

Students aged 16-18 don't have to pay tuition fees.

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