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Course Code: NFVEY071

Course Level: Level 2

Study Mode: Full-Time

Course Type: Vocational Courses

Course overview

Prepare for a fulfilling career in early years and primary education with our NCFE CACHE Level 2 Certificate program. Explore key principles and practices in child development, education and safeguarding. Gain practical experience through placements in early years settings and primary schools. This comprehensive program equips you with the skills and knowledge needed to support children's learning and development effectively. Whether you aspire to become a teaching assistant, nursery practitioner, or early years educator, this certificate is your pathway to success in the rewarding field of working with children.

This qualification covers a range of key subject areas that provide learners with the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to care for and educate children aged between 0 and 11 years 11 months old.

You will need 4 GCSEs at grade 3 or above.

This qualification is made up of 6 units assessed through assignments. There are no external exams included in this qualification.

Two placements are required to be completed, one in a nursery setting and one in a school with a placement visit in each. There is also a mandatory
Professional Skills Record (PSR) which must be completed during the work placement.

If you wish to find out more you can contact Caroline Badland-Jackson, Curriculum Leader in Early Years, by emailing:

This qualification allows progression onto Level 3 Early Years Educator qualifications and other Level 3 qualifications relating to Childcare, Health and Social Care or Supporting Teaching and Learning.

Learners can also progress in the workplace in job roles, such as:

  • Nursery Assistant
  • Classroom Assistant
  • Preschool Assistant.

This course is free for anyone aged 16 – 18. If you are outside this age group, please contact Charlotte Robertson on 01782 254141 or email

College Maintenance Allowance (CMA): Anyone with a household income under £26,000 can receive up to £20 per week financial support to help pay for travel and meals and meet the costs of essential trips, books, stationery and equipment. The payments will be subject to full attendance on your course. A range of other financial support is available, depending on your personal circumstances. For more details visit

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What else do I need to know?

This qualification has a minimum requirement of 120 work placement hours. However, we recommend learners undertake at least 200 work placement hours. As you will be working with children you will need to have a clearance form which is called a DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) in order to ensure the safety of the vulnerable children and young adults that you will come into contact with. Please discuss this with your interviewing tutor.