The Early Years Practitioner

CACHE Level 2 Diploma (Pre-T Level)

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Children s Care Learning and Development - Level 2 Certificate SF-CCLD2C-D(0000)000

South Downs Campus

Type of study
Full Time, T Levels, Vocational

Academic Year 2021-22 (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 early years.

It prepares you for employment and provides a good basis to progress to more advanced work-related qualifications. You will gain knowledge and understanding of children from birth to seven. The course consists of 14 compulsory units that cover important areas of early years practice. You will also be required to undertake 250 hours of work experience in a nursery setting.

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. Proof of a successful work placement within an Early Years setting is essential prior to enrolment on this course. Other related Level 1 or 2 qualifications may be considered.

The course consists of 14 compulsory units that cover important areas of early years practice:

  1. Roles and responsibilities of the early years practitioner
  2. Health and safety of babies and young children in the early years
  3. Equality, diversity and inclusive practice in early years settings
  4. Safeguarding, protection and welfare of babies and young children in early years settings
  5. Understand how to support children's development
  6. Support care routines for babies and young children
  7. Support the planning and delivery of activities, purposeful play opportunities and educational programmes
  8. Promote play in an early years setting
  9. Support wellbeing and young children for healthy lifestyles
  10. Support babies and young children to be physically active
  11. Support the needs of babies and young children with special educational needs
  12. Promote positive behaviour in early years settings
  13. Partnership working in the early years
  14. Support the needs of children in preparing for school 

You will also be required to undertake 250 hours of work experience in a nursery setting.

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 nursery setting. All units except for Unit 5 are assessed via placement and set assignments. Unit 5 is assessed by assignment only.

As work experience is a key feature of this course, you will need to make a formal Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) disclosure by completing a form that will be sent to you when you are offered a place on the course. This is because you may be working in an environment with children, young people and vulnerable adults. You may have to pay for this check to be completed.

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.

You will undertake work experience in an Early Years Setting for children under five years of age. The College has links with many local nurseries and preschools who work together to support the students to gain the knowledge and experience needed to complete the course. 

You take control of your own learning…the college were really helpful and always willing to do anything and go that extra step to help me get my grades.

Scarlette Tiller, A Level student

My experience with the teaching and support was really well, as I’m dyslexic, they helped me a lot and I’ve achieved good grades, so I’m really pleased.

Thomas McCann, A Level student

My courses were all especially interesting, I thoroughly enjoyed all of them. All of my lecturers were extremely knowledgeable and I have learnt a lot from them.

Lottie Warren, A Level student