Early Years Practitioner CACHE Level 2 Diploma
- Course length
- 1 year full-time
This Level 2 course is ideal for students aged 16 and over who would like to work with young children but have little or no experience in childcare. We offer great training for rewarding roles like classroom and nursery assistants.
We will prepare you to work with children up to five years old and give you a good working knowledge of children up to seven.
Why should I choose this course?
- You like the idea of a career in childcare but you lack the experience and skills
- You will be taught in a supportive environment with like-minded young people
- The course acts as a superb introduction to early years education and care
- It is a practical course – two days a week are spent in an appropriate setting with children
- There are great opportunities to move on to higher level courses
Having younger siblings inspired me to study Early Years Education and Care. Watching children develop is something I find fascinating. For that reason one of the best parts of this course was the placement at a nursery. I valued the opportunity to get practical experience and expand my skills. UCB has been very supportive, and I’m proud to have completed the qualification. I am excited about what the future holds.
Why maths and English are so important to your career
Achieving a good level of English and maths is important so that you can compete in today’s labour market and securing the career you’ve always wanted. Alongside your full-time course, students will continue to develop their English and maths skills. If you haven’t yet achieved GCSE grade 4 (grade C) in English and maths at 16 you will continue to study these by resits or by taking Functional Skills at an appropriate level.
Mathematics is very important in all aspects of the Early Years Education sector industry.
- For young children, the learning basic numbers and their differences is a key foundation block in their learning and central to the National Curriculum.
- In a nursery, the ability to calculate parent payments in very important.
- Accurate spelling and a wide and specialist vocabulary are key when working with children and parents
- Good quality Speaking and Listening skills are needed when communicating with colleagues, children and parents
- The National Curriculum requires that children develop good English skills in speaking and written communication
- Accurate reading is a vital skill when using medical documents as well as when following Health and Safety guidelines
- Secure English is important when preparing a CV
Uniform and kit costs
This course incurs additional costs for uniform and kit. The approximate cost is £30. Please be aware that prices are subject to change each year. Exact costs, as well as information on how to order the required items, will be provided prior to enrolment.
You may be eligible for The Learner Support fund, which assists college students with course-related costs such as essential uniform equipment and travel. For more information, please visit our Financial Support for College Students page.
Early Years simulation suite (open December 2019)
Students on this course will have use of our exciting, new Early Years simulation and practice development suite, giving them the best experience of working in the sector before they complete their studies. The suite is divided up into five different learning zones to reflect the diversity of Early Years practice:
- Digital zone
- Creative zone
- Discovery zone
- Imagination zone
- Sensory zone
This is an indicative concept visualisation of what the space might look like.
Teaching and assessment
All units are internally assessed using a range of methods which could include: direct observation in the workplace; a portfolio of evidence; written assignments; and tasks set by the awarding body.
Our teaching and assessment is underpinned by our Teaching, Learning and Assessment Strategy 2015-2020.
- Ideally, you will require a minimum of 4 GCSEs at grade 3 (grade D) or above, which must include English language (or Functional Skills English Level 2), and ideally, maths.
- If you do not have a grade 4 (grade C) or above in English language and maths and you are under 19, you will be required to complete an assessment so we can ensure you receive appropriate support. Applicants over 19 are not required to complete maths and English
- School applicants will be required to provide a good school report, which must include attendance.
- You should be committed, enthusiastic and have a desire to succeed in the Early years and care sector
This course requires a Disclosure and Barring Service check (DBS). UCB will co-ordinate and fund the completion of the DBS check.
You will need to buy a uniform to wear during your placement. If you have any concerns with the cost of the uniform please discuss this with us before joining the course as we may be able to help meet some of the expense.
What will I study?
- Roles and responsibilities of the early years practitioner
- Safeguarding, protection and welfare
- Supporting children’s development
- Delivering activities and purposeful play
- Children and play
- Wellbeing for a healthy lifestyle
- Promoting physical active
- Supporting Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND)
- Promote positive behaviour
- Partnership working
- The needs of the child in preparing school
Your study programme
In addition to your full-time course every student has an individual study programme which ensures that you develop the right skills and experience to progress onto either higher education or gain employment. What’s included in your individual study programme will vary depending on what you have already achieved and your career aspirations.
For example; if you haven’t yet achieved GCSE grade 4 (grade C) in English and maths at 16 you will continue to study these by resits or by taking Functional Skills at an appropriate level. Achieving a good level of English and maths is important so that you can compete in today’s labour market and securing the career you’ve always wanted..
Work placement will form an essential part of your individual study programme and all students will be expected to complete an appropriate work placement related to their full-time course.
To find out more about the work placement opportunities for this course, click on the ‘Work Placement’ tab above.
This course has a mandatory placement. You will be required to complete two days per week on practical training, where you will be placed in an appropriate setting with children such as a day nursery or nursery school.
Placements are organised by a specialised team of Employability Tutors based in hired@UCB who will also visit you out on placement to ensure that you gain the right practical skills.
A work placement not only gives you valuable experience, it also:
- Helps you to apply what you’re learning into practice
- It gives you a better understanding of how a company or organisation works
- Helps you to develop essential skills such as time management, social and communication skills and the ability to work as part of a team
- Enriches your CV
- Enhances a UCAS application and personal statement should you wish to progress to higher education
- Helps you to consider wider future employment opportunities
At UCB we have a specialised team of Employability Tutors based in hired@UCB (located on the 7th floor at Summer Row) who will provide you with the necessary skills in order to source a work placement.
If students are passionate about their career choice, work placements are vital
A set of achievements, skills, understanding and personal attributes make a student more likely to gain employment and be successful in their chosen occupation, which benefits themselves and the work force.
School of Education, Health and Community (Early Years)
All courses in this school have mandatory placements. Students studying Early Years will be required to complete two days per week on placement in an appropriate setting working with Children. Placements are organised by a specialised team of Employability Tutors based in hired@UCB who will also visit you out on placement to ensure that you gain the right practical skills.
The children and young people's workforce is expanding and provides a wide range of exciting job opportunities. Students can progress into various job roles in the statutory, voluntary or private sectors, including nursery assistant, classroom assistant and pre-school assistant.
Students achieving Level 2 with a grade 4 (grade C) or above can progress on to the Level 3 Early Years Educator, Level 3 Apprenticeship, Health & Social Care Extended Diploma Level 3 or Level 3 Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools.
If you plan to progress on to the Level 3 Early Years Educator course you will need to have a grade 4 (grade C) or above in GCSE maths and English.
The team at hired@UCB – our student placement and careers service – can help you with advice, information and guidance in finding a job. They can help you develop your work-related skills.
Based in new facilities on the 7th floor of our Summer Row campus, the hired@UCB team comprises specialist staff to help with:
- Careers advice and guidance
- Placements, work experience and volunteering
- Unitemps – UCB's recruitment agency
- Employer engagement
- Part-time and seasonal work
- Internships, apprenticeships and traineeships
- Alumni support
Find out more about hired@UCB services.
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Introduction to Early Years Education and Care
Introduction to Early Years Education and Care