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Working with Children in Early Years and Primary Settings

NCFE CACHE Level 2 Certificate (Pre-T Level)

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Working with Children in Early Years and Primary Settings, Level 2 Certificate AF-CCLD2D-D(0000)000

Alton Campus

Type of study
Full Time, T Levels, Vocational

Academic Year 2023-24 (1 years)

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This is a full-time course suitable for school leavers (16-18 years) who would like a career in areas of children's care and development. The course covers a range of key subject areas that provide the knowledge, understanding, and skills needed to care for and educate children aged between 0 and 11 years 11 months old. It has been designed to support progress to Level 3 qualifications across a number of sectors, including our T level in Education and Childcare, Early Years Educator sector, and the Children and Young People sector. The course can also provide a good basis to progress to more advanced work-related qualifications and apprenticeships. 

You will also be required to undertake 200 hours of work experience which will offer valuable insight to Early Years and Primary Settings. 


Applicants must have a genuine interest in working with children. You will need to have both English Language and Mathematics with one at grade 4 and the other no lower than a grade 3, or English Language and Mathematics at Functional Skills equivalent grades. In addition, you will need three other GCSEs at grade 3 or above. Other related Level 1 or 2 qualifications may be considered.

The course consists of 6 compulsory units that cover important areas of early years practice:

  • Child development from birth to 11 years 11  months 
  • Play and learning 
  • Exploring legislation 
  • The role of the childcare practitioner 
  • Nutrition 
  • Physical development and physical activity 

You will also be required to undertake 200 hours of work experience which will offer valuable insight to Early Years and Primary Settings. 

Route-based project

To support the application and development of knowledge, and prepare for further study in areas such as our T Level in Education and Childcare,  you will complete a small project relevant to the Childcare sector. The project will focus on planning, research, and presentation skills.

Study Skills

The development of key study skills within the course will also provide a platform for progress to our T Level in Education and Childcare or other higher-level courses at college.


The knowledge for this course is taught and assessed in College via assignments. Lessons combine theory and practical activities to prepare you for your early years vocational placements.


Assessment is undertaken via assignment work and observation in the Early Years and/or Primary setting.

£20 for textbooks.

£12.50 for a placement polo shirt.

Successful achievement and appropriate references from your tutor could enable you
to progress on to the T Level in Education and Childcare, Learning and Development or begin a Level 3 Early Years Apprenticeship.

“I enjoy going to work experience as part of this course, which gives me a sense of responsibility”

“This course has taught me a lot about children's needs/care.”