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Early Years Educator CACHE Level 2 at Bedford College

Course description

This course will prepare you for working with children between birth and five years, with knowledge of children up to seven years; you will also gain the qualification required for progression to the Level 3 Diploma in Early Years Education and Care. This qualification will prepare you for working in a supervised role as a childcare assistant in a variety of early year’s settings within the childcare sector. The learning experience will be reflective of the current structure and expectations of the childcare sector, and you will have the opportunity to put theory into practice by carrying out relevant activities in quality childcare placements covering ages 0-5 years.

Course content

During the course you will learn about child development, child observation, safeguarding and play through studying the following topics:

  • Introducing the role of the early years practitioner
  • Legislation, framework and professional practice
  • Play, development and learning for school
  • Professional development.


You will also study to achieve additional qualifications, including Functional Skills in English and/or Maths OR GCSE English and/or Maths. During the course you will spend two days per week in a childcare placement; you will also take part in various team building activities and have an opportunity to take part in educational trips.

Entry requirements

To begin this course you will need a minimum of three GCSEs grade A*-D, including English and Maths, or a Child Care or Health & Social Care Level 1 qualification with Functional Skills at Level 1.


You will be assessed through a variety of methods throughout the course, including written tasks, presentations and observations in placement.

Financial information

This course could be free! You will be eligible if you are aged 19 or over on the 31st August of the year you are starting your course and are actively seeking employment and in receipt of a means tested benefit (such as job seekers, housing benefit, council tax benefit). Please note you will need to be able to produce evidence of the benefit in your name when you come to enrol.

Future opportunities

On successful completion of this course you can progress on to Level 3 childcare qualifications or work as a childcare assistant in the early years sector.

Further information

You will be required to pay £36 for required clothing, £20 for books and £54 for any trips/visits.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Bedford College directly.

Last updated date: 04 February 2016
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