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Early Years Education and Care Level 2 Certificate (CACHE) at Stoke on Trent College

Course description

The Level 2 Certificate is designed to provide you with the training needed to work with children between birth and five years with knowledge of children up to seven years old. It will give you the skills and confidence to carry on with further study. The course is studied over 1 year and includes topics such as childcare routines, role of the practitioner, children’s play and child development. English and Maths are integral to the course. All learners will spend 2 days each week in a real work environment where you will be assessed on practical skills working with children.

Course content

This programme aims to prepare students to work in a supervised role competently, safely and effectively with children. It will prepare you to work in a wide range of settings with different professionals and volunteers, recognising and valuing the importance of all of them in providing a service for children and their families.

Entry requirements

2 GCSE’s at A* - C grade including English and ideally Maths plus a BTEC Level 1 Certificate or Diploma, appropriate NVQ Level 1, or another relevant Level 1 or Foundation qualification. You will have a pre-induction interview/ assessment to make sure this is the right level for you. All learners will need to have a clear DBS prior to the start of the course and will be required to purchase a uniform.


The certificate will guide and assess development of knowledge and skills relating to early learning and childcare. It also confirms some aspects of competence, as students will be assessed in the workplace as part of their training.

Future opportunities

On completion of the course, you may progress on to the Diploma in Childcare and Education (Early Years Educator) or an Advanced Apprenticeship. Alternatively, you could gain employment as a Nursery Assistant, Pre-School Assistant or other roles within the Early Years sector.

Further information

In this programme, you will learn about children at different stages in their growth and development, as well as how to care for and educate children and how to work with parents, carers and other professionals. The units studied will include: The role of the early years practitioner, creative play, physical care routines and child development. English and Maths will also form an important part of your course, as these are skills we use in all aspects of our study, work and everyday life. You will need a clear DBS check prior to the start of the course and you will be expected to purchase and wear a uniform. You will have to pay for course items such as stationary, books and equipment, whilst some courses have placements or visits, which also may have costs attached. If you need information on any financial support that may be available to help you with fees or study costs for this course contact the Student Assistance Team on 01782 603604. Stoke on Trent College has some of the most comprehensive and up to date facilities in the country. The Learning Resources Centres are designed to help students by offering information technology facilities, workshops and libraries.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Stoke on Trent College directly.

Last updated date: 21 January 2016
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