CACHE Level 2 Certificate - Introduction to Early Years Education & Care

The aim of this qualification is to prepare learners to work with children from birth to five years, with knowledge of children up to seven years. Learners could also progress on to the CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Early Years Education and Care or the CACHE Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Workforce.


Course Content and Job Skills

Units include:

Entry Requirements

This qualification is suitable for a range of learners from the age of 16 onwards who have little or no experience in childcare. Learners should have at least a grade D in maths and English GCSE. 250 placement hours are recommended for this qualification.
A DBS disclosure is required for this course.
To enrol please bring the following documentation

  • A valid Passport, Birth Certificate or Provisional Driving Licence (one of these)
  • Your National Insurance Number
  • Two letters to you as proof of your current address - for example: bank statement, benefit statement, utility bill, letter from Head Teacher at your previous school (two of these)


Please note if you have lived at your current address for less than five years, your previous addresses will be required and dates for the duration of your residence.
There is a £54 fee payable by the learner for this service which is payable at Admissions when you enrol.
Subject to review


Learners must achieve a total of 33 credits: 29 credits from mandatory group A, plus four credits from optional group B.

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.


1 year, two days a week in college, two days in work placement


This qualification allows progression on to the CACHE Level 3 Early Years Educator qualifications and other Level 3 qualifications relating to childcare

Additional Information

Start date


For information about course costs, please see the Carshalton College fees policy.

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