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Introduction to Early Years Education and Care Level 2 CACHE Certificate at Eastleigh College

Course description

This qualification is to prepare learners to work with children between birth and five years.

Course content

This qualification is made up of 16 units which are based on skills and knowledge. These units cover a range of subjects including the role of the Early Years Practitioner, childrens play and development, supporting positive behaviour, health and safety, equality and inclusion and safeguarding childrens welfare.

You will attend a nursery or pre-school setting for work experience for two days a week in order to gain practical experience in a real work environment.

English and Maths GCSEs will be studied by learners who have not previously achieved these subjects.

You will learn through a mixture of lectures and practical work experience. You will be required to attend college for three days per week and a work placement for two days per week.

Entry requirements

  • You should have a particular interest and commitment to the care of children and be at least 16 years of age.
  • You will need to have gained a minimum of four GCSEs at grade A* - D, including English Language and Maths.
  • You should also have good attendance and attainment reports from your previous school or college. You will also have to attend and complete a successful college interview.


All units will be internally assessed using a range of methods. This will include direct observation within the workplace, professional discussions and written tasks set by CACHE.

Financial information

It is recommended that students purchase a course textbook, details of which can be obtained at the start of the term. A college polo shirt is required to wear as a uniform for work placement at a cost of 8.50 each. Students are required to provide their own study equipment such as stationery and a memory stick.

There will also be a further charge for a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check (formerly Criminal Records Bureau), which is mandatory.

Future opportunities

This qualification is to prepare learners to work with children between birth and five years. It will cover a range of job roles in statutory, private and voluntary settings such as a nursery or pre-school assistant, classroom assistant or nanny.

This programme is a great stepping stone for a Level 3 Childcare qualification and allows progression for those who have also achieved maths and English GCSE and have a positive tutor recommendation.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 02 March 2016

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