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Certificate in working with children in early years and primary settings (NCFE CACHE) - Level 2


On this course you can expect to develop the skills, knowledge, personal qualities and attributes for a range of careers supporting the care and education of young children. This is a nationally recognised qualification that meets the needs of nursery managers when they are seeking to recruit staff within the Early Years workforce.

You will also undertake training placements in childcare and education settings.

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Entry requirements

  • Four GCSEs with at least 3 points (grade D) including maths, and preferably GCSE English with 4 points (grade C) OR
  • A Level 1 Diploma in Caring for Children, or a Level 1 Diploma in Health and Social Care (with appropriate English and maths qualifications). 
  • You will be required to undertake a DBS check that the college will fund prior to any placement. Any reprimands, cautions, warnings, convictions or ASBOs may affect your chances of securing a work placement

You will need to attend an interview with the tutor before being accepted on to the course. You will also need to supply at least one written reference from a teacher or employer (in some cases two) and your current school or college report, with an indication of your attendance pattern and achievements.

Start dates and fees

Start DateDurationCodeAnnual Fee (Age)Actions
16-18over 19
Sep 20191 yr(s)1849A1FREE£500.00** EApply

E You may be eligible for fee exemption depending on your circumstances. Please see our adult finance and funding page for more information.

How long is the course?

One year.


How will I be assessed?

You'll be assessed through observation within the workplace, written assignments and set tasks.

What does the course lead to?

Upon successful completion you could decide to pursue a career in a childcare setting as an early years worker, children's holiday representative in England and abroad and a range of other careers with children. You could also progress to the Level 3 Diploma in Childcare and Education (available at the college).

What will I study?

The course content will cover the knowledge and skills required to support children's care and development, supporting children's play in the early years, supporting children's positive behaviour and the health and safety of children. You will also study a Level 2 Baby Sitting qualification that will support you to gain employment within this field.

Study programmes

It is an entry requirement for some courses to have gained GCSEs A*-C in English and maths (see entry requirements). If the entry requirements to a course do not require A*-C in these subjects, and you haven’t already gained GCSEs A*-C in English and maths before joining us, you will continue to study English and maths as part of your programme and take appropriate qualifications in these subjects with the aim of achieving A* to C grade. In addition, to help you gain essential skills for employment, every student aged under 19 and studying a full-time course at college will take part in our study programmes alongside their main subject qualification. Find out more.

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How do I apply?

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