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Early years practitioner NCFE CACHE Level 2 diploma

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Key information

Qualification type


Course code


Career Pathway

Early years


Level 2


1 year


Broughton Road,
Banbury, OX16 9QA

Start date

Sep 2021

Study for work in the childcare and education sector and gain real work experience in caring for children.

This course provides an understanding of both the care and development of the child and their family in a variety of settings. 

English and maths are also integral as these skills are essential for your employability. 

You could progress to the Childcare and Education (Early Years Educator) Level 3 Technical Diploma or a related subject. Alternatively, you can progress into employment in a range of Early Years settings. 

This qualification counts towards the Level 2 ratio as a qualified Level 2 Early Years Practitioner within the Early Years Workforce.  

Learners may work under supervision in a variety of roles such as:

  • nursery practitioner
  • classroom assistant
  • pre-school practitioner

What I'll learn

On this course, you will complete 14 mandatory units that are a combination of placement skills and written evidence. 

  • EYP 1: Roles and responsibilities of the Early Years Practitioner 
  • EYP 2: Health and safety of babies and young children in the early years 
  • EYP 3: Equality, diversity and inclusive practice in Early Years Settings 
  • EYP 4: Safeguarding, protection and welfare of babies and young children in Early Years Settings 
  • EYP 5: Understand how to support children’s development 
  • EYP 6: Support care routines for babies and young children 
  • EYP 7: Support the planning and delivery of activities, purposeful play opportunities and educational programmes 
  • EYP 8: Promote play in an Early Years Setting 
  • EYP 9: Support well-being of babies and young children for healthy lifestyles 
  • EYP 10: Support babies and young children to be physically active 
  • EYP 11: Support the needs of babies and young children with Special Educational Needs and Disability 
  • EYP 12: Promote positive behaviour in Early Years Settings 
  • EYP 13: Partnership working in the early years 
  • EYP 14: Support the needs of the child preparing for school 


How I'll learn

Combine theoretical study with practical experience as you prepare for a career in childcare. This certificate helps you to gain knowledge through observational studies, practical work with children and a range of classroom-based activities which combine theoretical and practical training.

Combining days at college with placement days in care settings, you will be encouraged to link the theory of care for children and young people with your developing practice.

English and maths are also integral as these skills are essential for your employability.


How I'll be assessed

Assessment is via observation and examination.


We'd like to thank all the employers who provide invaluable work placements for students on these courses

  • Smart Tots Day Nursery
  • Kings Meadow Primary School
  • The Old Station Nursery Upper Heyford
  • The Horton Day Nursery
  • Rainbows
  • The Close Day Nursery
  • Steeple Aston Pre School
  • Harriers Banbury Academy
  • Little Fishes
  • Stepping Stones Brackley
  • Little Oaks
  • Chipping Warden Primary Academy
  • Chipping Warden Kindergarten
  • Crazy 4 Kid- The Radstone
  • King Sutton Pre-school
  • The Sunshine Centre
  • Dashwood Banbury Academy
  • Busy bees Bicester
  • Hobby Horse Children’s centre
  • Hanwell Fields Community Centre
  • Longfields Primary and Nursery school
  • Longford Park School Nursery
  • Child First
  • Southwold Primary School
  • Gagle Brook Primary School
  • St Edburg’s Primary School
  • Middleton Cheney Pre-School
  • Hill View Primary School
  • East Street Early Years
  • Waynflete Infant School
  • Winchester House School
  • St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School
  • Create Childcare
  • Queensway Primary School
  • Bramley wood Day Nursery
  • Foxhill Primary School
  • Holly Spring Primary School
  • Little Acorns Montessori Nursery
  • The College Nursery
  • Binfield Pre School
  • Dingley Unit
  • Garth Under Five Nursery
  • Bure Park Primary School
  • Woodstock C of E Primary School
  • Oxford Nursery Summertown
  • The Old Station Nursery Heyford
  • St Ebbes C of E Primary School
  • Willowcroft Community School
  • Stephen Freeman Community Primary School
  • Toad Hall Day Nursery
  • St Thomas More Primary School
  • Rainbows Nursery Bicester
  • Lady Bird’s Pre School
  • Clifton Hampden Primary School
  • Little Treasures Day Nursery
  • Scamps
  • Our Lady’s Roman Catholic Primary School
  • Five Acres Primary School
  • Little Pionners Day Nursery JR Hospital/ Blackbird Leys
  • Bletchingdon Parochial Church of England Primary School
  • Kiddies Korner
  • St Nicholas Infants School
  • Farmhouse Nursery
  • Langford Village Community Primary School
  • Wheatley Nursery School
  • Southwold Primary and Nursery School
  • St Thomas Day Nursery
  • Pippin’s Day Nursery
  • North Kidlington Primary School
  • Sunrise Day Nursery
  • Abingdon Kindergarten
  • Kings Meadow Primary School
  • West Kidlington Primary School
  • St Francis C of E Primary School
  • East Oxford Primary School
  • Aureus Primary School
  • North Hinksey C OF E Primary School
  • William Fletcher Primary School
  • John Henry Newman Primary School
  • Quarry Nursery School
  • Horspath Pre-School Nursery
  • Julia Durbin Nursery
  • Wantage Nursery
  • Puddleducks Day Nursery
  • Little Troopers Day Nursery
  • Busy Bees Bicester
  • Small World Nursery
  • Farm View Day Nursery
  • Blagrave Nursery School
  • Mary Seacole Day Nursery
  • Northumberland Day Nursery
  • Whitley Park School
  • Little Ducklings
  • Berkley Gardens Day Nursery
  • Charles Clore Court
  • Highwood Primary School
  • Battle Primary School
  • Purley Pre-School
  • Micklands Pre School
  • The Heights
  • Elms Montessori
  • Springfield Primary and Nursery
  • Loddon Primary School
  • Wigwam Day Nursery
  • Southlake Primary School
  • Orchard Day Nursery
  • Alwyn Infant School
  • Beechwood Primary School
  • St John’s CE Primary School
  • St Mary’s School
  • Calcot Primary and Nursery
  • Park day Nursery
  • Park Lane Infants
  • Stepping Stones Pre School
  • Windmill School
  • All Saints CE Aided Primary School and Nursery
  • Woodley Gardens Nursery
  • Teepee Day Nursery

Entry Requirements

Four GCSEs grade 4 (D) or above including English Language and maths. A Criminal Record Bureau (CRB) check will also be required.


How to Apply

You can apply for this programme online. Click on APPLY NOW and follow the steps below:

  • Register for our online service and verify your account
  • Log in to our website and click APPLY NOW on your chosen programme’s page to complete your application

As part of your application, you will be asked to provide us with your contact details, how your chosen programme fits with your future plans and if you require any extra support (for example, because of a disability, medical condition, learning or language support needs). 
Please include full details of your qualifications from your own country, as well as details of any English Language tests you have taken.

Printed application forms are also available.

Please contact our Careers team if you need advice and guidance to help you choose the right programme for you.