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NCFE CACHE Level 2 Diploma for the Early Years Practitioner

Course Level: 

Level 2

Job opportunities after this course: 

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

Overview of the course: 

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.

Entry requirements: 

To enrol on the course you will require a minimum of 3 GCSE's including 4 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).
Entry onto any course at East Durham College is subject to final approval from the Assistant Principal. Where relevant, the term ‘entry requirements’ also includes DBS checks, references, fitness to practice, etc.


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.

How is the course assessed?: 

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

Further study options after this course: 

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.

Length of the course: 

1 Year - Full Time.


Peterlee Campus

When does the course start: 

September 2019

More important information about this course:


Free if you are under the age of 19 on the 31st August 2019

Free if you are under 25 on the 31st August 2019 with a statement of Special Educational Needs or an Education, Health and Care Plan

Free if you are aged 19-23 on 31st August 2019 and do not already have a full Level 2 qualification – contact us to check your qualifications

Free if you are unemployed and in receipt of eligible benefits – contact us to check if you are eligible

Free if you are employed and your income is less than £16,009.50

If you do not meet the above criteria and need to pay fees they are:


Flexible payment options are available, please speak to Student Services.

*you must have been a legal resident of the UK/EU for the last 3 years

*We make every effort to publish correct fees, however all fees are subject to change. Fees are correct as at the current time (18 Jul 2019 21:10) and are subject to change up to the date of enrolment. Fees quoted are payable annually

What our students say: 

We regularly work with QDP, the UK’s largest independent provider of questionnaire based feedback services to the education sector, so that any results can be benchmarked against other colleges and the voices of over 600,000 learners QDP gathers feedback from over the course of an academic year.

Our feedback scores consistently place us in the top quartile of colleges in the country, indicating that we not only meet but often exceed student expectations. Some results from the 2015/2016 on programme and exit surveys and the 2016/17 induction survey can be seen below.

98% stated it was easy to apply for the course
96% said the teaching on my course is good
99% felt that their teacher knows their subject well
97% told us they felt safe at college
98% said expected standards of behaviour were made clear
95% told us they felt they had developed the skills they needed to get a job/take their next step
95% agreed the teachers consistently challenge them to do their best
97% said teacher feedback told them what was going well and where to improve
Other comments by students on this course are:

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How to apply: 

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