CACHE Level 2 Certificate in Introduction to Early Years Education and Care (QCF)

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What is the programme structure?

The programme includes a range of units of study, structured around four themes: Introducing the role of the early years practitioner; Legislation, framework and professional practice and Play, development and learning for school; Professional development. 250 hours work experience is an essential part of the course.

Who is the programme for?

For 16+ year olds with a keen interest in the health, care and education of children under 7 years old, and for those seeking employment in nurseries, pre-schools, toy libraries or as au pairs/nannies and children’s representatives with holiday companies.

How long does it take to complete?
1 year

What qualifications do I need?

4 GCSEs at grade D or above, including English. A Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check will be required before enrolment, along with a satisfactory reference. Some work experience within a childcare setting is preferred.

What does it include?

This course includes a Study Programme to provide learners with a coherent and enriching curriculum which will provide them with the academic, social and employability skills to progress to further or higher education or employment. The content of the study programme is designed to broaden the learner experience beyond the main qualification of study. The key theme of Study Programmes at Level 2 will be the development of occupational skills in a selected vocational area and the development of personal, social and employability skills with a view to raising aspirations. As well as your core qualification you will study GCSE or Functional Skills English or Maths plus English and Maths development as part of the core qualification. Learners will also undertake planning for personal progress and pastoral education. Plus additional personal development activities which may include work experience and projects.

Are there any special facilities for the programme?
Learners have the opportunity to undertake work experience in a variety of childcare settings.

Will there be any extra costs involved?

You will need to purchase a uniform (£11), text book (£21) and development book (£18). The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check also requires payment (£44).

How is the programme assessed?
Continual assessments both in college and work placement. Externally set multiple choice question paper. Via the Learners Log-book.

What award will I achieve?
Level 2 Cache Introduction to Early Years Education and Care

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What can I do next?

• Employment in Child Care
• Progression on to the CACHE Diploma in Early Years Education and Care
• Child Care apprenticeship

Equal Opportunities:

Mid Cheshire College is committed to the implementation of a policy to achieve equality of opportunity for all staff, students and members of the community it serves. In doing so, the College will actively work to achieve equality regardless of age, race, skin colour, disability, gender, marital status, sexuality and faith. The College supports the government initiative ‘Every Child Matters’ and ‘Youth Matters’ and all courses include elements which contribute to students achieving the five outcomes, namely, being healthy, staying safe, enjoying and achieving, making a positive contribution and achieving economic well-being.

How do I get further information?

Contact the college on 01606 74444 alternatively visit the website or email For students aged 19 years and over at the start of the course please contact the college for further information on the course fee.

COURSE Details

Code: QSCRL2EYE1/F010H
Location: Hartford Campus
Dates: 04/09/2017 to 29/06/2018
Times: 09.10 to 16.30
Hours/week: 10.50
Weeks: 34

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