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The Department for Children and Young People's Workforce

Key Stage 4 & 5-

EARLY YEARS EDUCATION & CARE LEVEL 2 CERTIFICATE & LEVEL 3 DIPLOMA

The department for Early Years Education and Care offers students the opportunity to study at Level 2 and Level 3 for a qualification that leads directly into employment or on to a University course.

The CACHE Level 2 Certificate in Early Years Education and Care prepares students to work with children aged between birth and five years, with knowledge of children aged five to seven years.

The qualification is made up of four themes of work:

  • Introducing the role of the Early Years Practitioner, Legislation, Framework

  • Professional Practice 

  • Play Development

  • Learning for School and Professional Development

All work is internally assessed by qualified Assessors, assessment includes:

  • Task set by CACHE
  • Assignments and Assessment of Practical Work in the Placement

Learners can progress to the Level 3 Diploma for the Early years Education and Care or go into Employment as a Nursery Assistant, Classroom Assistant, Pre-school Assistant and other related jobs.

The CACHE  Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Workforce (Early Years Educator) will train students to the highest standards and will provide the license to practice and the status of being an Early Years Educator.

The qualification enables students to work with children aged 0-5 years and to gain knowledge of children aged 5-7 years.

There are four themes of work:

  • Health and well-being, Legislation, Frameworks
  • Professional Practice 
  • Play, Development and Learning for School Readiness
  • Professional development

To gain the qualification students must pass all of the units, complete a longitudinal study and demonstrate competence in a real work environment.

The qualification will take 2 years to complete.

In line with Level 2, all work is internally assessed by qualified Assessors, assessment includes:

  • Tasks set by CACHE 
  • Assignments and Assessment of Practical Work in the Placement

Students have time in work placements to develop the practical skills necessary to work effectively with children, families and professionals, with Academy based studies to underpin the knowledge requirement for this very important phase of human development.

Students will study theories supporting development, learn how to plan activities and lessons in line with current government guidelines, Health and Safety, communication skills, Pediatric First Aid, and build up their own professional development portfolio .

We expect students to set their own targets, be enthusiastic and committed to their chosen vocation, and be ambassadors for the Academy. In return the department provide a supportive, dedicated atmosphere in which to work, where equality and opportunity and inclusive education are integral to our course.

We have a proven record of success both in employment and university places for our students and those who are looking for a career in working with children and young people.