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CACHE Certificate in Early Years Education - Level 2 at South Thames College

Course description

This course helps prepare you to work with children between birth and five years. You'll also learn about children up to seven years. You'll have to do 360 hours of work placements in a range of childcare settings, this means two days a week will be in a real-world setting. Alongside your work placement, you'll hear from different professionals, including midwives and teachers, to help you understand the needs, pressures and skills involved in working within early years.

Course content

Units include:

  • The role of the early years practitioner
  • Legislation relating to safeguarding, protection and welfare of children
  • How to plan to meet the needs of the developing child
  • Supporting children's play and development
  • A child's needs in preparing for school
  • Observation, assessment and planning.

Entry requirements

Three GCSEs A*-D including English and maths OR a relevant Level 1 qualification plus English and maths assessed by us to be at an appropriate level.


You'll be assessed in your work placement to focus on your practical skills. An external exam and internally assessed assignments with practical and theoretical activities focusing on real work situations.

Future opportunities

Find a job or an apprenticeship or move on to our full-time Level 3 diploma in childcare to boost your career prospects.

Further information

You'll need to buy some appropriate childcare books and you'll get information on this at interview or enrolment. You'll also need to pay for your Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check (formerly CRB) which you'll need for your work placement.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 03 December 2015
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