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Level 2 Diploma for the Early Years Practitioner Childcare & Early Years

NCFE CACHE

Introduction to Early Years Education and Care - CACHE Level 2 Certificate

Supporting children in their early years is a rewarding career. If you want to work in a pre-school or nursery, the NCFE CACHE Level 2 Diploma for the Early Years Practitioner is the place to start.

Whether you’re a volunteer at your childs’ pre-school or working in a local nursery, this course is the ideal way to kickstart your early years career. The hands-on nature of this course makes it ideal for those who are new to working with children.

You’ll learn everything you need to work with children aged between 0 and 5 from the role of the practitioner and legislation to supporting play and preparing for school.

Why study Level 2 Diploma for the Early Years Practitioner?

Working with children is a demanding, yet inherently rewarding job. This course will set you on the path to working with children aged 0-5, some of the most important developmental years of their life. This course is for you if:

  • You want the flexibility to study around your other commitments.
  • You are a volunteer in an early years setting.
  • You work in a nursery or pre-school.

Future opportunities

  • Progress to level 3 early years courses online.
  • Work in a pre-school with children aged 0-5.
  • Volunteer in a pre-school.
  • Become an Early Years Educator.

Course content

Theme 1: Roles and responsibilities of the Early Years Practitioner  

  • Responsibilities, boundaries, skills and behaviours of the Early Years Practitioner
  • Policies and procedures within the Early Years setting
  • Effective communication within the Early Years setting
  • Professional development and reflective practice within the Early Years setting

Theme 2: Health and safety of babies and young children in the early years  

  • Legislation and legal requirements for health and safety in the Early Years
  • Lines of reporting
  • Guidelines for good practice
  • Common childhood illnesses

Theme 3: Equality, diversity and inclusive practice in Early Years Settings  

  • Equality, diversity and inclusive practice in the Early Years Settings
  • Legislation and codes of practice

Theme 4: Safeguarding, protection and welfare of babies and young children in Early Years Settings  

  • Types of abuse and neglect
  • Safeguarding legislation, policies and codes of practice
  • British values and prevent
  • Policies and procedures

Theme 5: Understand how to support children’s development  

  • Child development from birth to seven
  • Influences on the expected pattern of development
  • Transitions in the Early Years

Theme 6: Support care routines for babies and young children  

  • Support care routines for babies and young children
  • Care routines

Theme 7: Support the planning and delivery of activities, purposeful play opportunities and educational programmes  

  • Play and child development
  • The benefits of different types of play

Theme 8: Promote play in an Early Years Setting  

  • Play and child development
  • The benefits of different types of play

Theme 9: Support well-being of babies and young children for healthy lifestyles  

  • Support well-being of babies and young children for healthy lifestyles
  • Planning a weaning programme
  • What do they need?
  • Effects of poor diet on babies and children
  • Special dietary requirements

Theme 10: Support babies and young children to be physically active  

  • The benefits of exercise and physical activity
  • National initiatives to promote physical activity

Theme 11: Support the needs of babies and young children with Special Educational Needs and Disability  

  • Support the needs of babies and young children with special educational needs and disability
  • Attachments and key person approaches
  • Transitions in the Early Years
  • Effects of transitions
  • Working with others to meet children’s additional needs

Theme 12: Promote positive behaviour in Early Years Settings  

  • Promote positive behaviour in Early Years settings

Theme 13: Partnership working in the early years  

  • Partnership working in the Early Years
  • Reporting lines
  • Benefits of working with parents/carers
  • Encouraging parents to take an active role

Theme 14: Support the needs of the child in preparing for school  

  • Support the needs of the child in preparing for school
  • Strategies for developing emergent literacy
  • Developing emergent mathematical skills

Study the Level 2 Certificate in an Introduction to Early Years with us and benefit from:

  • Flexible learning
  • Support from a personal tutor by email, phone or Skype
  • Any time enrolment
  • Assignments with tutor feedback
  • Ongoing support from Student Support
  • Forums to discuss your course with other students

NEC Laser

Choose when and where you access your course, using NEC Laser our 24/7 online learning platform.

This easy-to-use learning platform makes completing your course – submitting your work, doing activities and getting feedback – straightforward and enjoyable. All the work you complete is recorded in your learner profile, forming an online portfolio.

Our course tutors

You’ll have access to support from a personal tutor. All NEC tutors are subject experts, with experience of supporting online learners. 

Meet Kate who is just one of our first-class childcare and early years tutors:

“When my own children were young I worked as a childminder and in a pre-school and while doing this achieved two level 3 qualifications. I enjoyed working with children and learning about how to do it more effectively, so I then did a degree with the Open University and gained my assessor qualification. I have taught childcare with the NEC, through the NCMA (now PACEY) and for two other local training organisations. It is a very satisfying job, as I see students start at the beginning of a Level 2 course slowly grow in confidence, ability and understanding, to the end of a Level 3 course. I feel proud of being involved in raising the professional status of childcare professionals through training and qualifications.”

At a glance

Accreditation

  • This course is accredited by NCFE CACHE

Format

  • Online learning with support from a personal tutor

Entry requirements

  • A good command of basic English, both written and spoken
  • At least 16 years of age
  • You need to be working or volunteering regularly  in a relevant childcare setting. You will need to give details of your workplace setting when you enrol, and your manager will need to confirm some information
  • Your assessor will visit you in the setting to observe you in your work role. Part of your observation visit by your assessor will be for you to reflect on your day-to-day practice
  • You need to be able to use written documentation from your setting such as policies and procedures, and implement what you are learning on the course.
  • You need to be based within the UK, or if you are overseas within Europe. If you are based overseas it is essential that you contact our course advice team before enrolling on this course. 
  • Registration with CACHE – we will take care of this process, but you will need to pay an additional registration fee, which is not included in the price of your course, when you enrol

Hours

  • Complete at your own pace across 18 months
  • Approx. 293 study hours plus additional time spent in your setting or settings and time for completing assignments
  • CACHE recommends 250 placement hours spent in your setting over the duration of your course

Assessment

You need to gain a total of 37 credits from all 14 mandatory units to achieve the Diploma for the Early Years Practitioner.

You will create an online portfolio of evidence using different formats such as learning plans, written tasks and discussions, and direct observation in the workplace

Resources

  • No additional set texts required

Optional extras:

  • This course is entirely self-contained so no additional textbooks are required. However, it is recommended that you purchase the following text, which will cost approximately £25, for additional reading: CACHE Level 2 Diploma for the Early Years Practitioner,  Penny Tassoni, Louise Burnham  ISBN: 1510468390

Requirements

  • Internet access
  • Computer operating system, browser and software to enable you to complete the course using the NEC Laser online learning platform  

What's included?

Our course fees are open and honest to help you plan for any additional costs.

Your course fee includes:

  • Access to the NEC Laser online learning platform
  • All the course materials you need to complete the course
  • Support from a personal tutor for up to 18 months from your date of enrolment
  • Assignment marking
  • NEC’s guide to study skills: How to Succeed as an Independent Learner
  • Spelling, punctuation and grammar guide
  • Time planner to help you plan your study timetable

Optional extras:

  • This course is entirely self-contained so no additional textbooks are required. However, it is recommended that you purchase the following text, which will cost approximately £25, for additional reading: CACHE Level 2 Diploma for the Early Years Practitioner,  Penny Tassoni, Louise Burnham  ISBN: 1510468390

Your course fee does not cover:

  • CACHE registration fee – NEC will register you with CACHE but the £103 registration fee is not included in your course fee and will need to be an additional payment at the time of enrolment.
  • The cost of optional textbooks

Exams and assessment

You need to gain a total of 37 credits from all 14 mandatory units to achieve the Diploma for the Early Years Practitioner.

You will create an online portfolio of evidence using different formats such as learning plans, written tasks and discussions, and direct observation in the workplace

All units will be internally assessed using a range of methods. Knowledge based outcomes can be assessed using non–mandatory assessment tasks provided for tutors’ convenience in this specification. Skills based outcomes must be achieved with reference to a real work environment and must include direct observation within the workplace.