NCFE CACHE Children and Young People’s Workforce Certificate Level 2

Children and Young People’s Workforce is designed for people who wish to work in the childcare sector. It is an ideal qualification for those looking to take the first step towards a career with children as a nursery assistant, crèche worker, playgroup assistant, childminder or nanny. Anyone working or planning to work in a range of childcare occupations needs to obtain the relevant qualification approved by Ofqual, the qualifications regulator. To work in a supervised capacity requires a Level 2 competence qualification for which this course is purpose designed.

This course is designed for people who would like to work in the childcare sector. Anyone wishing to embark on a career in childcare will benefit and it provides a start point to the formal qualifications required to work in the sector. It provides an ideal route into a career in child care and results in a recognised and accepted by Ofsted qualification which enables students to work competently in a supervised capacity with children.

By the end of your training, you will have an excellent understanding of the skills required by childcare professionals, along with a good knowledge of what makes for a thriving environment for the development of children and young people.

On this Children and Young People’s Workforce course you will gain:

  • an understanding of the role of learning and development in child care settings, and the legislative context within which child carers operate
  • an understanding of the personal and interpersonal skills required of a child carer at this level
  • an understanding of early education framework

Career paths include:

  • Nursery Assistant
  • Crèche Worker
  • Playgroup Assistant
  • Child Minder
  • Nanny

Take your first step towards a career with children as a nursery assistant, childminder or nanny.
A formal qualification

This course is a formally recognised RQF qualification and is recognised throughout the UK, Europe and beyond.

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Awarding body: NCFE CACHE
Our course ref: X210
Qualification code: 601/3395/8
Official Qualification Title: NCFE CACHE Level 2 Certificate for the Children and Young People’s Workforce (England)

CACHE stands for the Council for Awards in Care, Health and Education, and are the leading specialist Awarding Organisation for the Care and Education Sector.

Study Hours

Up to 300 hours, which is around 60 minutes per day for 11 months.

Course Duration

You have up to a year to complete this course and we have included a suggested number of study hours. This is usually ample time for learners, even with full-time jobs and other commitments. Don’t worry if you go over the year though, we can organise an extension to your course for a small fee, which also extends your tutor support.

Study Method

The course is specially designed for study by distance learning. Throughout the course, there will be self-assessment questions, and tutor marked assignments (TMAs), to enable you to monitor your progress.


Throughout this course, you may be expected to complete assignments, essays, research projects, presentations, video/audio recordings, and practical learning sessions to meet the requirements of your course. This information will be included in your study pack detailing exactly what you need to do to accomplish your goals as a student.

You will not be required to take an external exam. In addition, students of this qualification will need to arrange and undertake a work placement of 50 hours during their course within a child care setting.

Course Outcomes

NCFE is recognised as an Awarding Organisation by the qualification regulators for England, Wales and Northern Ireland, who are: The Office of the Qualifications and Examinations Regulator (Ofqual) in England, the Welsh Government, and the Council for Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment (CCEA) in Northern Ireland. This is a competence based qualification suitable for all people seeking a first qualification in child care, providing confirmation of competence to work in a supervised capacity.

Additional Information
Official Qualification Title
NCFE CACHE Level 2 Certificate for the Children and Young People’s Workforce (England)
Level 2
Entry requirements
There are no formal entry requirements for this course, however, it is recommended that you have an intermediate ability to read and write English.
Minimum Enrolment Age
16 years
Section 1
Child and Young Person Development

This unit aims to develop knowledge and understanding of child and young person development and the factors, including transitions, which may affect development.

You will have access to your personal tutor, via email and telephone, who will mark your assignments and guide you through the course. In addition, you will be supplied with a comprehensive Study Guide which will help you through the study and assessment process. Your personal tutor will be highly experienced in their subject area and qualified to teach.

You don’t need any prior skills in the subject area to start.  However, as with all of our courses, we recommend a reasonable level of English reading and writing ability.

We provide all the specially written learning materials you require to study this course at home. The course fee also includes tutor support for 12 months.

You will receive everything you need to complete this course within the study pack we send to you.

No, this course is assessed by coursework alone.

No, all of the study materials are supplied within your learning pack.

That’s fine, this course can be studied anywhere and is completed by submitting Tutor marked assignments (TMAs).

Please check our FAQs section or Contact Us, we are happy to answer any questions you have.

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Completed this course and have landed my perfect job. Thank you.

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C. Hughes

Decided to complete this course as although I knew I wanted to work with children, I didn’t know exactly in what capacity. In truth, I still don’t know for sure but I’m working in a nursery at the moment and it isn’t for me so this course has given me more choices. I think my tutor is good, never had a problem or issue, he is prompt, provides plenty of good advice and words of encouragement. Enrolling was simple and the website I found easy to use.

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