CACHE Level 2 Diploma for the Early Years Practitioner
Qualification Level: 2
Awarding Body: CACHE
Regulated Qualification (QRN) Number: 603/3723/0
Placement Required: Yes (see details in placement tab)
Recognised Qualification: Yes. RQF
Entry Requirements: L1 Literacy and Numeracy preferred
Minimum Age: 16 Years
Duration: 36 weeks of set guided learning plus placement requirements. The total enrolment period is 12 months.
Payment types: Instalments available
Resources included: Full tutor support, workplace observation and assessment, Hodder/CACHE digital textbook, online learning materials and student support forum.
The Early Years Practitioner Diploma is a brand new qualification that is recognised by child care settings. Take this qualification to progress your career in early years education and settings, including nurseries, children's centres, pre-schools and school foundation units.
Kick start your rewarding career by learning about the importance of play in learning, child development and your role in caring for children. This course has a very practical element to it, meaning you will need to complete quite a few tasks within a voluntary or paid placement. The knowledge parts of your course are studied via a range of optional online group sessions, on-demand learning module accessed online, and through on-going support with your tutor through our learning portal.
Complete your portfolio over a period of 40 weeks with a range of creative tasks and projects, designed to enhance your knowledge and prepare you for the amazing role of the Early Years Practitioner. You will also have a final assessment that will be arranged towards the end of the course. This will include an observation, final knowledge and understanding paper as well as a professional discussion. This will be held at your placement setting with an assessor from NCCE’s tutor team.
You will need to have access to a suitable placement within the early years, covering children from birth to five. You will need support from a willing supervisor (for witness statements and signing of practical work).
You will need to record 250 hours of placement activity within your placement log. You may complete the work with any age group in the Early Years. The placement tasks may be completed over the duration of the course, or you may take “block weeks”. Therefore, it is important to note that you may begin the course without a placement, but you must complete the required placement tasks before you will be awarded your certification.
If you are working in a school setting, you may find our qualification 'Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools' more appropriate for your needs.
The Early Years Practitioner course is broken into 6 x 6-week blocks, as follows. Blocks are independent from one another, and your starting "block" will vary depending upon when you enrol with the college.
Block 1: Roles and Responsibilities. (Units 1, 2 and 3). Within this block, you will explore the wider roles and responsibilities of the early years practitioner as well as a detailed look into the legislation for Health and Safety and Inclusive Practice.
Block 2: Safeguarding and Partnership (Units 4 and 13). This block covers the fundamental topics of Safeguarding and working safely in partnership. You will explore your role in ensuring the protection and welfare of the children that you care for and why it is important to develop strong and meaningful partnerships with others.
Block 3: Supporting Children's Care and Development (Units 5, 6 and 14). This unit allows you to develop your understanding of child development as well as a range of care routines that form your role in supporting children to develop in a safe and healthy way. You will also consider your role in supporting children to prepare for their transition into school.
Block 4: Play in the Early Years (Units 7 and 8). Within this block, you discover the exciting world of play and how this impacts upon children and their development- and your role in supporting the children to develop meaningful play opportunities.
Block 5: Young Children's Well-being (Units 9 and 10). In this block you will look at the importance of promoting nutrition and active lifestyles in young children- taking into consideration the requirements of frameworks as well as the local and national initiatves that can support this in the community and in the setting.
Block 6: Supporting Behaviour and Other Needs (Units 11 and 12). This block considers approaches to promoting positive behaviour within the Early Years and how you as a practitioner can action these aporaches in an effective manner. You will also explore other needs that children within your setting may need support with and how you can work with others to provide appropriate interventions.
Placement Activities: You will complete a placemement log for 250 hours, a practice record and also plan a range of activities that you can complete with the children.
Assessment and Sign off: Your assessor will visit you in the workplace to conduct an observation of your practice and conduct a professional discussion with you.
This qualification allows you to count towards the Level 2 ratio as a qualified Level 2 Early Years Practitioner across the Early Years Workforce.
You may work under supervision in a variety of roles such as:
• nursery practitioner
• classroom assistant
• pre-school practitioner