CACHE Level 2 Certificate Early Years Education and Care (CACHE)


The CACHE Level 2 Certificate Introduction to Early Years Education and Care prepares learners to work with children between birth and five years, with knowledge of children up to seven years. This qualification is suitable for a range of learners from the age of 16 onwards who have little or no experience in childcare.

Course type

CACHE Level 2 Certificate

Course length

One year

Required qualifications

You must have at least a grade D in both Maths and English. You should have also completed at least two weeks work experience in a childcare setting.

What will I study?

The course will focus on units built around four themes:

  • Theme 1: Introducing the Role of the Early Years Practitioner
  • Theme 2: Legislation, Framework and Professional Practice
  • Theme 3: Play, Development and Learning for School
  • Theme 4: Professional development

On the course you will:

You will also complete a number of placements. Placements are required for achievement of this qualification. Placements will cover 0-5 year olds in at least two different early years settings.

Method of assessment

All units will be internally assessed using a range of methods. This could include direct observation within the workplace, a portfolio of evidence, written assignments or a task set by CACHE. This qualification will also require you to be assessed in a real work environment.

What will I be able to progress to?

This qualification allows progression on to the CACHE Level 3 Early Years Educator qualifications and other Level 3 qualifications relating to childcare. Upon achievement of this qualification, learners can progress into various job roles in the statutory, voluntary or private sectors, such as Nursery Assistant, Classroom Assistant or a Pre-School Assistant.

Other information

You will be required to complete a Disclosure Barring Services (DBS) form confirming that you have no criminal convictions that prevent you from working with children or vulnerable adults. It will be administered by the college at the start of the course. The cost is £20 (non-refundable).

English and Mathematics are essential for progression into further education and employment. All learners are required to take or work towards GCSE A*–C English and Mathematics, or other English and Mathematics qualifications as part of their 16–19 study programme, if they have not achieved this already.