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Level 2 CACHE Certificate in Introduction to Early Years Education at Leeds City College

Course description

If you are interested in working with children and young people from birth to 19 years of age, then this could be the course for you.

This course gives you occupational competence at Level 2 for the children and young people's workforce. It enables you to work in a supervised role as an assistant in a pre-school, children's centre, day nursery, school settting or within the social care sector.

Work placement in a relevant setting is built into this course.


Course content

  • Child and young person development
  • Safeguarding the welfare of children and young people
  • Supporting positive behaviour
  • Contributing to health and safety
  • Communication in children and young people's settings
  • Personal development in children and young people's settings
  • Equality and inclusion
  • Positive environments.
  • Working in partnership with others
  • Support children and young people at meal and snack times
  • Support children's creative development.

You will also undertake a paediatric first aid qualification.

Our Level 1, 2 and Level 3 Childcare courses prepare you to work in a range of settings with children or young people or to progress to higher education. You will learn through taught classes and activities and a range of work experience placements. You will study a wide range of subjects including child development, care, play and growth. You will also have opportunities to work in the industry and develop your communication skills to prepare you for employment. After the course you can either progress through the levels to Degree level, onto an apprenticeship or find employment in the childcare sector, including early years educator, nursery assistant and special needs assistant.

Entry requirements

Most applicants will need a minimum of 4 GCSE's at grade D including Maths and/or English,a foundation Diploma, NVQ 1 or satisfactory completion of a foundation learning programme at Level 1 with a minimum of 37 credits. All candidates must be committed to working with young children and their families, be creative, energetic, have a sense of humour and a lively and outgoing personality.

To work with children (under 18) or vulnerable adults, students may need to complete an enhanced check with the Disclosure and Barring Service ( Formerly CRB) The college will arrange this for you but if your course is not fully funded (ie; you are aged 16-18 or on certain benefits) then you will have to pay. The estimated cost of the DBS check is £44. Full details regarding payment documents will be provided prior to enrolment.

Due to Statutory Guidelines, If you will be undertaking placements involving caring for children aged under 8, you will need to complete a Disqualifications Requirements questionnaire for yourself and other members of your household. This will be discussed further with you at your interview.


You will be required to produce a portfolio of evidence which will include a variety of assessment methods like written assignments, reports, presentations, evidence of work done in placement, witness testimonies and reflections. You will also be observed in your workplacement and take part in professional discussions with your tutor.

Future opportunities

On completion learners can progress to various job roles such as assistants in Children's Centres or progress onto the Level 3 Diploma.

Further information

English and Maths will be built into your course if your grades are below 4/5

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 09 November 2017
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