NCFE Cache Level 2 Diploma for the Early Years Practitioner


The aim of this qualification is to provide you with the knowledge and understanding of babies and young children from birth to 7 years of age with applied knowledge in the early years, 0-5 years. It covers a range of job roles working in Early Years.

Course Content - What will I learn?

You will learn about: the developing child, what makes a safe, healthy and nurturing environment for children and the importance of play on a child’s development.

You will undertake 300 hours of work placement which will be arranged by the college. You will also continue to develop your maths and English skills throughout the programme.

Am I right for the course?

You will require a commitment to working with children from 0 to 7 years. You should also have good communication skills as being able to talk to children and other adults is important.

A minimum of 4 GCSEs at Grade 4 – 9 including Maths, English and Science (with an opportunity to retake only one core GCSE). A satisfactory enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check (DBS).

Students are assessed for knowledge, skills and practical competence in placement through observation and dialogue (and therefore complete written work/tasks relating to this).

What Next?

This qualification will allow you to work under supervision in an assistant role in childcare settings. You could also progress onto the Level 3 Certificate.

Potential careers:

  • Education & Childcare Inspector
  • Further Education Lecturer
  • Higher Education Lecturer
  • Learning Mentor
  • Nanny
  • Nursery School Teacher
  • Nursery Worker
  • Play Worker
  • School Administrator
  • School Teacher
  • Special Educational Needs Teacher
  • Teaching Assistant/ Learning Support Assistant
  • Psychologist
  • Social Care Worker
  • Youth & Community Worker

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16-18 years old, no tuition fees apply to Full Time courses and fees subject to confirmation. Additional costs applicable to BHS courses.

For all two year courses fees shown above are per year.

Aged 19+ and planning to take a level 3 or above a different fee may apply. You may be eligible for an Advanced Learning Loan.

All HE courses (full and part time) are subject to tuition fees.

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