Childcare (Early Years Practitioner) CACHE Level 2 Diploma - City of Wolverhampton College

Childcare (Early Years Practitioner) CACHE Level 2 Diploma Study Mode: Full Time   |    Course Level: 2

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.

To access the course, you are required to have:

  • Four or more GCSEs, including English, at grade 3/D
  • An interest in the subject and keenness to study
  • Good attendance and punctuality
  • Acceptance on the course is subject to an interview
  • During induction week you will be expected to complete all relevant paperwork for a satisfactory DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service) check.

During this course you will be required to complete 33 credits. You will study the following modules:

  • Support physical care routines for children
  • An introduction to the role of the early year's practitioner
  • Understand how to work in partnership
  •  Understand legislation relating to the safeguarding, protection and welfare of children
  •  Use legislation relating to the health and safety of children
  • Use legislation relating to equality, diversity and inclusive practice
  •  Understand how to plan to meet the needs of the developing child
  • Supporting children's play
  • Support children's play in early years
  • Support the needs of the child in preparing for school
  • Supporting children's development
  • Use observation, assessment and planning
  • Support children's positive behaviour
  • Engage in professional development
  • Support healthy lifestyles for children through exercise
  • Support creative play

  • By studying this course you will:
  • Develop your understanding of child development
  • Learn how to assess children and plan to meet their individual needs
  • Develop an awareness of health and safety, safeguarding and child protection
  • Develop your confidence in working with children and professionals
  • Improve your study skills
  • Gain valuable team working and communication skills by taking part in group activities

This is an assignment-based course but there will be exams in English and maths depending on the level you complete

  • You will be continually assessed throughout the course by your tutors.
  •  When in placement, you will be observed to meet specific criteria and you will be expected to create activity plans and implement these at this time - full training on how to create these will be provided within this course

The skills you learn on this course will enable you to:

  •  Progress to the Level 3, Year 1 CACHE Certificate in Childcare and Education
  • Level 3 apprenticeship in early years


Throughout the course you will be supported by fully qualified tutors who will provide training in early years, observe and assess your performance in each unit, and check and mark your work and give you regular feedback. They will also support you to develop a portfolio of work and put together your CV or personal statement.

We have excellent feedback from students on this course and many have gained employment or progressed to further/higher level courses at the college and then moved on to university.

Following an Ofsted inspection in November 2017, the college maintained its 'Good' rating, with the report highlighting a number of strengths including students' high achievement rates and development of academic, practical and technical knowledge they need for further study or work.

Childcare (Early Years Practitioner) CACHE Level 2 Diploma
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September 2021




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