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Level 2 Early Years Practitioner at Cambridge Regional College

Course description

This one year full time programme is designed to build the knowledge and skills required to work with babies and young children from 0-5 years.

You will study subjects including:

• Role of the early years practitioner
• Understand how to support children's development
• Legislation, safeguarding, protection and welfare
• Support care routines
• Special educational needs and disabilities
• Planning and delivery of activities
• Promoting play and learning

This programme incorporates experience within a real work environment which is an integral part of the course and takes place in an early years setting for a minimum of 2 days per week.

The development of practical English and Maths skills will be an essential part of your programme. In addition, if you have not achieved a GCSE grade C or above in English and/or Maths (or new grading 4 or above for GCSE Maths and English), you will study for a recognised qualification appropriate to your level e.g. GCSE or Functional Skills. IT will be embedded in the delivery of your specialist skills.

There will be a cost to students of £120 which includes security check (DBS) and course materials, 19+ fees apply.

Once at the College you will have to complete a Disclosure & Barring Service check. It is not possible to complete the course without satisfactory clearance.

In addition to the entry qualifications, the offer of a place on the course is subject to the outcomes of an interview and initial assessment which will take place at the College.

Entry requirements

You will need a 2 GCSEs at grade 3 (D) or above.  Or successful completion of a full Level 1 Diploma in Caring for Children or Health & Social Care with excellent work placement reports and a good attendance record and a willingness to achieve English and Maths at grade 3 (D) or above.
In addition to the entry qualifications listed, the offer of a place on the course is subject to the outcomes of initial assessment, which will be taken at the College as part of the admissions process. Please note that entry criteria may vary quite significantly between courses at the same level. This is to take account of the specific skills needed for success on particular courses, the length of the course and the requirements for progression to the next level. Entry criteria are given as a guide, and the exact requirements in order to obtain a place on a particular course will be confirmed following attendance at a Welcome Event/Interview.


This NCFE CACHE Level 2 Diploma has internally assessed units marked by your tutor and practical skills assessed by your work experience placement.
You are required to provide evidence of completion of your placement hours and to reflect on your performance and development.
All criteria must be achieved in order to obtain a pass.

Financial information

We are committed to providing financial support to learners where it is available. We would actively encourage you to enquire about possible financial support as soon as you can. Depending on your situation, you may qualify for a contribution towards College costs such as kit, equipment, residential fees, meals, childcare etc. Enquiries can be made to

Future opportunities

Successful completion of this qualification will enable you to gain employment in an early years settings as an Assistant , during which time you may also be able to undertake an apprenticeship. If you achieve a Pass and excellent placement reports you may progress to Level 3 NCFE CACHE Technical Diploma in Childcare and Education. Alternatively you could apply for any level 3 course subject to course requirements.

Further information

We would encourage you to visit one of our Cambridge Regional College Open Days:

Cambridge: Thursday 13th June 2019 4:30pm-7:30pm
Huntingdon: Saturday 15th June 9:30am-12:30pm

If you need any more information about any of our courses, please request a copy of our full-time prospectus or contact our Information & Advice Team on 01223 226315.

Students who currently attend a Cambridge Area Partnership school should apply online via or by using the Cambridge Area Partnership application form (depending on your school). Please ask your careers teacher at school.

Once we have received your application, you will be invited to attend a college Welcome Event, which gives you and your parents/carers the opportunity to have a look around the College, talk to the tutors and ask any questions you may have.

We look forward to seeing you at the College soon!

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: 12 June 2019
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