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CACHE Level 2 (Council for Awards in Care, Health and Education) Certificate in an introduction to early years Education and care (QCF) at The Canterbury Academy

Course description

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


This qualification allows progression on to the CACHE Level 3, Early Years Educator qualifications and other Level 3 qualifications relating to child care.

Course content

Learners must achieve a total of 33 credits: 29 credits from mandatory group A; plus 4 credits from optional group B.


Learners will also need to attend a real work environment, as they need to show competence in both knowledge and skills.


250 placement hours are recommended for this qualification. Our on-site placement officer will arrange work experience.

Entry requirements

We would recommend a grade 4 at GCSE in English and mathematics, and a grade 4/3 GCSE in science.


This qualification is suitable for a range of learners from the age of 16 onwards who have little or no experience in childcare. You should have a sensible and mature attitude to both work and study and be prepared to make a considerable commitment of time and effort during your qualification.


All units will be internally assessed using a range of methods. This could include direct observation within the workplace, a portfolio of evidence, written assignments or a task set by CACHE.


Some learning outcomes within this qualification will require assessment in a real work environment.

Future opportunities


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


• Nursery assistant

• Classroom assistant

• Pre-school assistant



This qualification also allows progression on to the CACHE Level 3 Early Years Educator qualifications and other Level 3 qualifications relating to child care.

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: 07 November 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 Year

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