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Introduction to Early Years Education & Care: Level 2 NCFE CACHE Certificate

Course information

Course Summary

On this course you will learn how to care for and support children and young adults.

Course Code:N4632
Study Type:Full Time
Academic Level:Level 2
Awarded by:NCFE CACHE
Course Length

One year. You will spend 3 days in college and 2 days in work experience every week.

Course Detail

You will learn how to care for and support children up to the age of 8 both in the classroom and in a variety of child care settings. You will develop your knowledge of how children learn and develop through different stages, ways to help children learn and play, and how to plan and practise activities for children. In undertaking and completing this course you will also develop an appreciation for the resources and work required by childcare professionals and teachers in schools and childcare facilities. During this course you will undertake an additional cookery qualification to understand children's nutritional requirements and develop skills to meet these needs.

Subjects covered:

  • An introduction to working with children
  • The developing child
  • Safe, healthy and nurturing environments for children
  • Children and play
  • Communication and professional skills within childcare and education.
  • 300 hours work experience

Learners also study GCSE in English and/or numeracy.

As part of this course you will be required to attend an external work placement for a total of 800 hours over the duration of your course, the awarding body determines the number of hours required to pass this qualification.

Course Fees

Fees for 2022/23: £3,162

Please note:

  • Fees are for 2022/23 and relate to home and EU students
  • Students aged 16 to 18, or those aged 16 to 24 who have a valid EHCP, and are studying Further Education courses are not normally charged for course fees
  • For more information about financial support, please click here.

Entry Requirements

New Students

Four GCSE’s at grade 3 or above including English or maths. A satisfactory school reference and once enrolled students will be asked to apply for an Enhanced DBS check before starting the course.

Progressing students

Merit grade at Level 1 plus English and Maths. A satisfactory reference for attitude, behaviour, attendance and punctuality.

Your Next Steps

Further education and training at Level 3, or begin your career in child care. There is a high demand for paid child care and on successful completion of this course you can consider becoming a Nursery Assistant, Preschool Assistant, Crèche assistant, or Nanny.

Potential career routes in the Childcare industry:

  • Childminder
  • Children’s nurse
  • Crèche assistant
  • Early years teacher
  • Holiday childcare representative
  • Hospital play specialist
  • Learning & development
  • Nanny
  • Nursery assistant
  • Nursery manager
  • Paediatric nursing
  • Playworker
  • Primary school teaching
  • Residential warden
  • Special care baby unit assistant
  • Special needs teaching assistant
  • Teaching assistant
Other Information


This Nescot College website describes the facilities and courses which the College intends to offer during the academic year commencing Autumn 2022. The web pages are prepared in advance of the academic year to which they relate and every effort has been made to ensure that the information contained in these pages is helpful, fair and accurate at the time of printing. However, this information is subject to change over time.

Nescot will take reasonable steps to provide the courses and services as described, however, the College cannot guarantee the provision of any course or facility. Some circumstances, such as staff changes, resource limitations and other factors over which the College has no control, such as industrial action or a change in the law or the level of demand for a particular programme or module (please note that this list is non-exhaustive), may result in the College having to withdraw or change aspects of the programmes, modules and/or student services detailed on the website. This could include, but not necessarily be limited to, programme/module content, staffing, the location where the programme/module is taught or the manner of teaching delivery, and the facilities provided to deliver or support the programme. Where circumstances demand an unavoidable change or where it is necessary for the College to discontinue a programme of study, Nescot will take all reasonable steps to minimise the effect and all proposed changes will be notified to potential applicants who have registered an interest in the relevant programme at the earliest possible opportunity as well as being reflected on the College’s website. In addition, any changes between the website and the proposed course and services will be notified to applicants at the time of making an offer.

All prices quoted may be subject to change and you will be notified of any such change when any offer of a place is made to you by Nescot.

Should you become a student of the College, this notice shall be a term of any contract between you and Nescot. Any offer of a place at the College shall be subject to the student enrolment conditions and the College’s rules and regulations as amended from time to time. A copy of the Nescot’s current terms and conditions can be obtained in writing from Nescot, Quality Office, Reigate Road, Ewell, Epsom, Surrey, KT17 3DS.

Last updated - 02/11/2021