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Introduction to Early Years Education & Care - CACHE Level 2 Certificate at East Durham College

Course description

This course is designed for students interested in working with children. Student will gain awareness of the core underpinning knowledge and skills in caring for young children to reflect the needs of the sector. This qualification develops the skills and knowledge needed to work under supervision with children and their families in a variety of settings. These could include nurseries, children centres or pre-schools. You will cover a mix of theory and practical work.

Course content


Topics covered on the course include; Support physical care routines for children; An introduction to the role of the early years practitioner; Support children's play in early years; and Use observation, assessment and planning. Students will also attend placement for a minimum of one day per week.


Entry requirements

To enrol on the course you will require a minimum of 3 GCSE's including C grade in Maths and/or English. Or if you are progressing from level 1 you may hold level 1 in the subject area with a minimum of Entry 3 in Maths and English. You must also hold a successful reference and a clear DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service).


Tasks are completed to build up a portfolio of evidence. One unit will be assessed in a real work environment, during placement hours.

Financial information

If you have been a UK resident for the past 3 years and are under the age of 19 on the 31st August, you will not usually need to pay any course fees.

Future opportunities

Once you have succesfully completed level 2 in children's Play and Learning you may seek voluntary/unpaid work experience in an early years setting.

Further information

You may progress from the level 2 qualification to Cache level 3 Certificate in Childcare and Education (EYE) if you choose to explore a role in childcare. Or you may choose Cache level 3 Award and Certificate in health and Social Care if you are interested in working within the care sector.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 12 April 2016
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