The CACHE Level 2 Certificate is an introduction to early years education and care will help you to develop your knowledge and understanding through hands-on learning in a number of interesting areas, including growth and development of children, the role and importance of play, the care of children from birth to seven years, working with parents, and vital information linked to safeguarding and current legislations that protect you and the children you support. Studying the course will also introduce you to supporting children with additional needs, which could link to special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) and mental health links.
As part of the course you will be expected to complete two work placements - totalling 220 hours - within the academic year which counts as 40% of the qualification. The placements will be found for you by the college and the age group and setting will differ to give you experience of working in different areas.
There will be opportunities to attend presentations from guest speakers which will broaden your knowledge and provide guidance of 'next steps' within your career choices.
As part of the course you will be required to continue to work on your maths and English qualifications - the level you will study these two subjects at will depend on your previous grades and will be personalised to your learning needs.
Former students from this course have progressed to higher levels of study at the college and then moved on to further study at university. Once fully qualified, many of our learners have gained employment in the early years' sector in schools, nurseries and many other settings.
This is a one-year, full-time course, consisting of 16 taught modules and two work placements.