Cache Level 2 Certificate in Childcare and Education
Type: Vocational
Entry Requirements: 4 GCSEs at grade D or above including either Maths or English or Level 1 Diploma with Level 1 Maths or English.
Start Date: Sept 2017
Length: 1 year
Course Overview

Our Childcare programmes are designed to provide you with the appropriate education and training to enable you to work with children and their families in a variety of settings and environments within the early year’s sector.

While studying this 1 year programme, you will complete some interesting units designed to deepen your knowledge about how children develop and learn, the stages of development and supporting play.

You will need to be able to demonstrate a positive attitude to studies and, through placement experience, a commitment to the development, health and wellbeing of children.


What will I learn?
  • Supporting physical care and health routines
  • Working in partnership
  • Understanding legislation relating to the care, health and safety of children
  • Supporting children’s play
  • Observation of children
  • Planning to meet the needs of the developing child
  • Supporting Creative play
  • Meeting the nutritional needs of children
  • Supporting positive behaviour
How will the course be assessed?

Assessments will take the form of classroom tasks such as the creation of leaflets, case studies and written responses to research questions and by demonstrating competency in the real work environment.


Visits may include the Museum of Childhood in Leeds and the World Museum in Liverpool. The Childcare department is close knit and you will have the chance to join more social visits such as shopping trips and a trip to Blackpool Pleasure Beach. Students have also had the opportunity to work alongside creative experts, such as puppet and origami workshops. We have close links with a local children’s centre who allow students to visit and find out about the services offered. The deputy manager also comes in to College to conduct mock interviews to help students in their search for employment towards the end of the course.


We have fantastic facilities in the College’s modern, bright building. Our classrooms are well equipped with Promethean Smart Board technology and we have PCs, Laptops and tablets which are frequently used in class to enhance your learning. Our Childcare classrooms are bright, fun spaces which reflect the industry you are working in.

Materials and other information

You will need to be able to demonstrate a positive attitude to studies and, through placement experience, a commitment to the development, health and wellbeing of children.

You will be required to purchase a uniform for placement. You will also need to pay for a DBS clearance check to ensure you can complete the placement part of your course

Progression and Careers

Successful completion of this programme can lead on to the Level 3 Early years, Education and Teaching qualification.

Former students are studying at a number of universities including the University of Leeds, Liverpool Hope University, Edge Hill University and Leeds Trinity University, studying for degrees including Childhood Studies, Childhood, Youth and Education and Early Childhood and Education.

They go on to achieve rewarding careers in Childcare and some go on to work as Teachers or Classroom Assistants. Level 2 students can also apply for one of our Apprenticeships with a number of local nurseries.


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