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Childcare - Introduction to Early Years - Certificate - CACHE Level 2 (CHD1) at Barnsley College

Course description

The aim of this qualification is to  prepare you to work with children between birth and five years, with knowledge of children up to seven years.

Course content

Course themes:

• Introducing the role of the Early Years Practitioner

• Legislation, frameworks and professional practice

• Play, development and learning for school readiness

• Professional development

Entry requirements

Three GCSEs at grade A* to D including maths at grade 3 or above. Plus English at grade 3 or above OR Level 1 Diploma in a relevant subject, plus GCSE grade 3 or above in English and maths or Level 1 Functional Skills in English and maths.


Modules are assessed by national assignments which are all externally moderated. In addition, practical skills and competency will be assessed within the placements.

Financial information

Financial support

If your total annual household income is less than £35,000 you could be eligible for financial support through our Learner Support Fund for travel (up to £700), if your household income is below £20,000 you could be eligible for food, trips, printing, equipment and childcare. You don’t have to pay this money back.

You can pick up a Learner Support Fund application form from Student Services on the ground floor at the Old Mill Lane campus.

Guaranteed bursaries

If you are aged between 16 and 18 and currently living on your own, in care or leaving care, you could be eligible for a non-repayable bursary of up to £1,200 per year.*


You can get FREE meals at college if your household income is less than £20,000. Speak to Student Services to find out more on +44 (0)1226 216 267

FREE bus services!

We realise that getting to and from college might not be very easy for everyone so we have funded four free return bus services for our students. They go to and from the Old Mill Lane campus which is just a few minutes’ walk from our Sixth Form college campus.

Shelley > Old Mill Lane campus

Stocksbridge via Penistone > Old Mill Lane campus

South Elmsall via South Kirby, Hemsworth, Kinsley, Fitzwilliam and Ryhill > Old Mill Lane campus

Rotherham via Ecclesfield and Chapeltown > Old Mill Lane campus

These bus routes are completely free for our students and operate on a first come, first served basis. Each route operates to ensure students get to college before lessons start and a return service is provided after lessons finish. Please contact Student Services for details of pick-up points and times or go to:

*Terms and conditions apply16 +44 (0)1226 216 123



Future opportunities

On successful completion of Level 2 and GCSE Maths and English, you can progress on to the CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Early Years Educator or any other relevant Level 3 course including apprenticeships.

Upon achievement of this qualification, you can progress into various job roles in the statutory, voluntary or private sectors, such as:

•Nursery Assistant

•Classroom Assistant

•Pre-school Assistant

•Holiday Rep

•Private Nanny


Further information

Additional Learning Support

Our Additional Learning Support team can provide you with the support you need. Please contact the Additional Learning Support team on +44 (0)1226 216 769.

Information Unit

We have a dedicated team available to provide information on all of our courses and to help you to make the right choices about your future. The team are based at the Old Mill Lane site.

Drop in:

Monday – Thursday 9.00am – 5.00pm

Friday 9.00am – 4.30pm

Tel: +44 (0)1226 216 123


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: 22 August 2017
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