Course Overview

Fuelled by curiosity and wonder, children are extremely fast learners, and take in all of their surroundings to grow and develop vital skills to prepare them for school and their future. As an early years practitioner, you’ll play a vital role in supporting the social and physical development of children ages 0-5, using imaginative learning techniques, encouraging language and literacy skills, and promoting independence along with the way. If you’re interested in this fulfilling and challenging career, this course is a great starting point.

Once you’ve gained your certificate, you’ll be a qualified Early Years Practitioner with NCFE CACHE. This means you can start working, under supervision, with children up to the age of 5, and you’ll have proven knowledge of working with children up to the age of 7. You’ll also count towards the Level 2 ratio as a qualified Level 2 Early Years Practitioner across the Early Years Workforce.

You’ll be able to work under supervision in a variety of roles such as:

  • Nursery practitioner
  • Classroom assistant
  • Pre-school practitioner

To complete this course, you’ll need to either be working or volunteering in a placement for at least 250 hours so that you can gain skills-based experience and complete observations. This course is completely flexible, so you can study in your own time, at your own pace.

After you’ve completed this course, you might choose to progress to:

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On average it takes our students 4 months to complete this course, however you have up to 12 months.

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On average, students complete this course in 4 months, but we'll give you up to 12 months.

120mins/day

The learning hours for this course are up to 370 hours, which is around 120 minutes per day for 6 months.

This course can start as soon as you enrol.

We'll give you plenty of time to finish this course, but if you need more time, just ask!

Awarding Body

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.

Our course code
X226
Qualification Code
603/3723/0
Official Qualification Title
NCFE CACHE Diploma for the Early Years Practitioner
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Entry requirements

Difficulty
Level two: the equivalent difficulty of a GCSE, usually suitable for most learners of all ages.
Entry requirements

You must be working, volunteering or on practical placement as you will need to show competence in both knowledge and skills. You need to complete over 250 hours of placement whilst undertaking this qualification. Your placement must allow for skills application with babies and young children to meet the assessment criteria for this qualification.

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