NCFE/Cache Level 2 Diploma for the Early Years Practitioner

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Download course detailsNCFE/Cache Level 2 Diploma for the Early Years Practitioner

The aim of this qualification is to provide learners with the knowledge and understanding of babies and young children from birth to 7 years of age with applied knowledge in the early years, 0-5 years. The qualification content meets the Department for Education鈥檚 (DfE) Level 2 full and relevant criteria for a Level 2 Early Years Practitioner in the workforce.

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Who is it suitable for?

This qualification is ideal for learners looking to work with children between birth and 5 years, and gain knowledge of working with children up to 7 years. Learners do not need to have previous experience or qualifications in working with children to undertake this qualification.

What type of job roles can you apply for on completion?

This qualification allows a learner to count towards the Level 2 ratio as a qualified Level 2 Early Years Practitioner across the Early Years Workforce. Learners may work under supervision in a variety of roles such as:

  • Nursery practitioner
  • Classroom assistant
  • Pre-school practitioner
How is this qualification structured?

To gain this qualification, learners must achieve a total of 37 credits from all 14 mandatory units.

How is it assessed?

All units will be internally assessed using a range of methods, including direct observation within the workplace and written evidence.

Do you need to be working to enrol on this qualification?

Learners will need to be working, volunteering or on practical placement in an early years setting.

We recommend learners complete 250 placement hours whilst undertaking this qualification.

Placement opportunity must allow for skills application with babies and young children sufficient to meet the assessment criteria for the qualification.

What are the entry requirements?

Learners must be aged 16 years or above and meet the criteria below:

  • To be working or volunteering for a minimum of 6 hours a week. This ideally should be across 2 or more days for best practice.
  • To work in a setting which would support a visiting assessor to observe your skills in the workplace.  You may have to carry out specific tasks set by your assessor.
  • To be able to be assessed working with babies and young children aged 0 - 5 years.
  • To have the appropriate level of literacy and numeracy.
  • To be in a position to carry out six hours of study per week to complete the knowledge aspects of the level 2 programme.
  • To have regular access to a pc or laptop which will allow you to access the on-line portfolio system (ipads/tablets/smart phones are not suitable).
  • To be able to surf the internet, send and receive emails with attachments, complete written work using a computer (with Microsoft Word) and be generally IT literate.
How long will it take?

Learners will be enrolled for 10 months.

How much will it cost?

Full cost course fee: 拢2,250

Please contact the Training Centre for details of course fees, funding eligibility and individual advice and guidance.

How will the training be delivered?

The Early Years Alliance offers the diploma through a blended learning programme which includes online teaching sessions, written tasks, online courses, 1-1 reviews and assessment in the workplace. You will need to fully participate in all aspects of the training programme, attend the monthly online teaching session, engage weekly with your assessor and complete tasks by set deadlines. At points throughout the programme, your assessor will visit your workplace or placement to complete observations and assessment of your practice.

To register your interest and find out about funding options, please complete the webform on the Early Years Alliance website or email

Alternatively, if you would like more information or to discuss your individual requirements, please phone our Training Centre on 01732 363070.

Enrolment process:
  • Application form 鈥 to be completed in full and returned.
  • On-line English and maths assessments 鈥 to check the qualification level is appropriate and to ascertain any additional support needed.
  • Telephone interview 鈥 to discuss the training delivery, funding, additional support requirements (if required) and complete a skills scan to check for prior knowledge and skills.
  • Fees 鈥 funding arrangements to be completed.
  • Enrolment paperwork finalised 鈥 an Alliance Training Advisor will schedule a Microsoft Teams video meeting with you to review enrolment details and check your identification (please bring photo id to this meeting). The date of the induction and first day of learning session will be confirmed during this meeting.
  • Formal start 鈥 attend the induction/first day of learning online session.
What related qualifications can you progress to?

NCFE CACHE Level 3 Early Years Educator qualifications.

To register your interest and start the application process, please complete the online form below or contact our Training Centre.

Early Years Alliance Training Centre

01732 363070

1st Floor, Bridge House, 97-101 High Street, Tonbridge, Kent, TN9 1DR