NCFE CACHE Level 2 Diploma for the Early Years Practitioner

Early Years workers prepare the children of today for the world of tomorrow. Fuelled by curiosity and wonder, two great traits, children are fast learners. Which is why they need careful guidance to ensure their interactions and experiences are positive, insightful and bring out the best in them and their future. Learning can be fun, inspiring, and fulfilling. An Early Years Practitioner can help make that happen. Do you have what it takes?

What’s Involved on the Level 2 Diploma for the Early Years Practitioner?

Early Years Practitioners (EYP) support the crucial social and physical development in early childhood, 0-5 years. So, we will first start your learning by covering the responsibilities of an Early Years Practitioner, key procedures, professional development, and reflective practice. Once you understand the basics of the position, you’ll explore the importance of health and safety, equality, and the welfare of children. You’ll study various care routines and learn the benefits of play. The aim is to plan and deliver purposeful activities to aid childhood development.

Early Years Practitioners support the social and physical development in early childhood

In the second half of the course, you’ll learn about wellbeing, dieting requirements and physical activity. Some children require additional support, such as those with disabilities, so you’ll determine the best way to care for them. You consider strategies, biological factors, as well as short and long-term needs. A positive environment is vital to maximising a child’s development. So, you’ll look at promoting positive behaviour in Early Years settings and partnerships, such as working with parents. Finally, you’ll learn how to prepare children for school.

Why Choose this Course Over the Current Level 3?

You may be examining the difference between the two diplomas, as neither require prior skills to enrol. Put simply, if you hold an English and Maths Level 2, such as GCSE or Functional Skills, we recommend studying for the Level 3 Early Years Diploma. If you don’t, we recommend the Level 2 Early Years Diploma.

Why? Well, to attain full Early Years Educator status, you will require your Level 2 in English and Maths. Without them, you will not gain all the privileges associated with Level 3 status until you achieve them. That’s why we suggest our Level 2 Early Years Diploma if you haven’t acquired your Maths and English. This is because you’ll gain Practitioner status and a strong qualification that’ll improve employability.

If you intend to progress onto our Early Years Educator, we do advice bundling your course with our Functional Skills English/Maths. If only to gain the relevant knowledge needed to advance your career.

What Can I Do With a Level 2 Diploma for the Early Years Practitioner?

Once your course has been completed, you’ll be a qualified Early Years Practitioner with NCFE CACHE certification. What this means is you can start working, under supervision, with children up to the age five. But you’ll also have extended knowledge of working with children up to the age of seven, which is incredibly useful, too. You might take a number of routes to further your education if you’re not quite ready for the workforce.

Potential progression routes

To complete this course, you need to achieve work placement time working with children within the age range of 0-5. This will demonstrate practical experience in supporting development in an Early Years setting.

Gain insight into the world of children from birth to aged seven, with applied knowledge in the Early Years, 0-5 years.      
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: X226
Qualification code: 603/3723/0
Official Qualification Title: NCFE CACHE Level 2 Diploma for the Early Years Practitioner

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

The guided learning hours to read and understand all your course materials on this course is 293.

The total learning hours, including practical learning, work-based experience and assignments is 370.

Course Duration

You have up to a year to complete this course and we suggest a number of up to 293 study hours to complete this course. 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 distance learning study. You may be expected to complete assignments, essays, research projects, presentations, posters, mind maps, 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.


Your progress will be assessed over the course of 14 units of study. Each unit provides tasks and assignments carefully designed to aid your knowledge-based learning. It’s also recommended that you complete 250 placement hours in a childcare setting to gain the relevant skills-based experience.

During your placement, observation by an assessor or qualified teacher is required. We recommend finding yourself an assessor. However, if that proves difficult, we can send an assessor to observe you for an additional fee. Please contact us to find out more.

Course Outcomes

Successful learners will be awarded a formal certificate of achievement by NCFE/CACHE. The training courses have been designed specifically to meet the needs of learners who prefer to study from home. You can read more about CACHE here. You’ll also be able to work, under supervision, in an Early Years setting in positions such as nursery practitioner and classroom assistant. Or you might move onto a Level 3 childcare qualification.


Additional Information
Official Qualification Title
NCFE CACHE Level 2 Diploma for the Early Years Practitioner
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
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

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.

No, this course is assessed by coursework alone.

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

At some point, you will need to be observed by a qualified assessor or teacher. You can find an assessor yourself, but we will need evidence of their qualifications to assess. In addition, we can observe you for an additional fee. Please contact us to find out more.
If you decide to opt for an Oxbridge assessor to come and observe you, there will be an additional cost. Please contact us to find out more.

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

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