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Early Years Practitioner NCFE CACHE Diploma Level 2

The aim of this course is to provide learners with the knowledge and understanding of babies and young children from birth to 7 years of age with applied knowledge in the early years, 0-5 years. The qualification content meets the Department for Education’s (DfE) Level 2 full and relevant criteria for a Level 2 Early Years Practitioner in the workforce.

You will study a range of professional practice units what will consist of in class activity supported with weekly online resources.
The mandatory 14 units must be completed for successful achievement:

– Roles and responsibilities of the Early Years Practitioner
– Health and safety of babies and young children in the early years
– Equality, diversity and inclusive practice in Early Years Settings
– Safeguarding, protection and welfare of babies and young children in Early Years Settings
– Understand how to support children’s development
– Support care routines for babies and young children
– Support the planning and delivery of activities, purposeful play opportunities and educational programmes
– Promote play in an Early Years Setting
– Support well-being of babies and young children for healthy lifestyles
– Support babies and young children to be physically active
– Support the needs of babies and young children with Special Educational Needs and Disability
– Promote positive behaviour in Early Years Settings
– Partnership working in the early years
– Support the needs of the child in preparing for school

250 placement hours is required for this qualification in order to develop sufficient skills application with babies and young children to meet the assessment criteria for the qualification.

Course Info

Level 2 - Intermediate
Subject Area
Childcare and Early Years
Course Type
16-19 Full-Time
Course Length
35 weeks

Entry Requirements

You should be at least 16 years old with a minimum of four GCSE’s Grade 3 (D) or above to include English and Maths. Complete Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks will be required.

Delivery and Assessment

All units will be internally assessed using a range of methods. This could include direct observation within the workplace, a portfolio of evidence, written assignments or a task set by CACHE. Some learning outcomes within this qualification will require assessment in a real work environment.


This qualification allows progression on to the CACHE Level 3 Certificate and Diploma in Childcare & Education (EYE) and other Level 3 qualifications relating to child care. Or into various job roles in the statutory, voluntary or private sectors.

Career Opportunities

  • Early Years Educator
  • Practitioner in day nurseries
  • Practitioner in nursery schools
  • Practitioner in reception classes in primary schools
  • Pre-school worker