NCFE CACHE Level 2 Diploma for the Early Years Practitioner

Launch your career as an early years practitioner, and help prepare the children of today for the world of tomorrow.

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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 a Level 2 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 a fulfilling and challenging career in childcare, 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.

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 that you can study in your own time, at your own pace.

What you'll learn

Unit 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
Unit 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
Unit 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
Unit 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
Unit 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
Unit 6 - Support care routines for babies and young children
  • Support care routines for babies and young children
  • Care routines
Unit 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
Unit 8 - Promote play in an Early Years Setting
  • Play and child development
  • The benefits of different types of play
Unit 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
Unit 10 - Support babies and young children to be physically active
  • The benefits of exercise and physical activity
  • National initiatives to promote physical activity
Unit 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
Unit 12 - Promote positive behaviour in Early Years Settings
  • Promote positive behaviour in Early Years settings
Unit 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
Unit 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

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Awarding Body

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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.

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Course Outcome

Upon completion of the qualification, learners can be counted towards the statutory framework for the EYFS staff: child ratio at Level 2. Learners will be awarded a formal certificate of achievement by NCFE CACHE. Read more about NCFE CACHE.

This qualification allows a learner to count towards the Level 2 ratio as a qualified Level 2 Early Years Practitioner across the Early Years Workforce.

Learners may work under supervision in a variety of roles such as:

  • Nursery practitioner
  • Classroom assistant
  • Pre-school practitioner

How is this course assessed or examined?

How are you assessed?

Your progress is assessed over the course of 14 units of study. Each unit provides tasks and assignments carefully designed to aid your knowledge-based learning. Skill-based outcomes must be achieved with reference to a real work environment and must include direct observation within the workplace.

Do you need to be working to take the qualification?

Learners will need to be working, volunteering or on a practical placement to show competence in both knowledge and skills. Learners are recommended to complete 250 placement hours in a childcare setting to gain relevant skills-based experience.

During your placement, observation by an assessor or qualified teacher is required.

We recommend finding yourself an assessor, but they will need to be suitably qualified and evidence of this will be required. If needed, your tutor can provide information, support and training for your chosen observer to fully understand the requirements of observation. Find out what is required of an assessor here. If you are unable to find a suitable assessor, we can send one of our tutors to complete the observation for an additional fee, just let us know.

Your learner journey will be tracked with an Evidence Record and Record of Assessment Cycle form.

Assessors and Internal Quality Assurance

Staff involved in the assessment and internal quality assurance of this qualification must be able to demonstrate that they have (or are working towards) the relevant occupational knowledge and/or occupational competence, at the same level or higher than the units being assessed and internally quality assured. This may be gained through experience and/or qualifications.

To support Early Years Settings, the UKCIS Education Working Group has developed two documents to help Early Years Settings managers and staff consider their practice and to take steps to safeguard both children and adults online

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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Why study a Childcare course online with Oxbridge?

In addition to all of the benefits mentioned above, we have a much higher-than-average pass rate, 20% higher to be precise, which we believe is down to our excellent tutors and learning materials, including videos, e-books and quizzes.

It’s our mission to make childcare training fun and exciting, the way it always should have been. But, sadly, that’s not the experience many of our students have had with traditional education.

From early years practitioners to SEN specialists, our courses can help you follow your passion. So take a look through our courses, and if you struggle to pick, ask our learning advisers for their input.

What qualifications do I need to work in a nursery?

No official qualifications are required in order to work as a nursery assistant. However, getting qualified will help you stand out from other candidates, and help you progress in your nursery career.

What are the benefits of studying your Childcare courses from home?

By studying childcare from home, you take away the strain of having to travel to a particular place at a specific time and learn at a pace that’s dictated by your entire class.

So whether you’re an early riser or concentrate better late at night, you’re in complete control of your study schedule and can spend as much or as little time as you need on each unit; that’s why so many of our students complete their courses much sooner than anticipated.

Additionally, you can reap the advantages of one-on-one time with your personal tutor; whether you need help or advice, they are fully qualified in the sector you’re hoping to work in. All of our tutors love seeing their students succeed; it’s not just a job to them; they genuinely are rooting for you.

Do you need Maths and English for Childcare Level 3?

The entry requirements for a career in childcare will vary depending on your role and responsibilities. With that said, employers will likely expect candidates to hold a maths and English qualification at GCSE level as a minimum requirement.

If you don’t currently have these, don’t worry. We recommend that you get in touch with our learning advisors for support and advice. Alternatively, it’s never too late to achieve fantastic GCSE grades through an online course.

Why study Childcare courses online?

You’re never too old to discover your passion and change your life. The beauty of opting for an online childcare course is that you don’t have to turn your entire world upside down.

Online courses offer flexibility that traditional establishments just can’t. You don’t need to quit your job or sacrifice your other commitments and responsibilities. We will work with you to make sure you succeed.

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Beginning my career as an early years practitioner inspired me to step into the world of teaching. I have since elevated my skillset through a range of qualifications including L3 in Assessing Vocational Achievement, L3 in Education & Training and L4 in Internal Quality Assurance. I’m a big kid at heart; I love Disney movies and also dabble in photography.  




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My 30-year stride in education started with childminding, to working with pupils with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities. I then tutored in a national reading programme and went on to become a Higher-Level TA. I’m elated to say I graduated with a First-Class BA Honours Degree when I was 50 – living proof that it’s never too late to chase your dreams!

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