CACHE Diploma for the Early Years Practitioner // 2

What does the qualification cover?

The aim of this qualification is to prepare learners to work with children between birth and five years, with knowledge of children up to seven years.

Who is it suitable for?

This qualification is suitable for a range of learners from the age of 16 onwards who have little or no experience in childcare.

Entry requirements

Minimum of 4 GCSEs at Grade D (3) or above (preferably including English); or pass at BTEC Level 1 Certificate or equivalent; or progression from a relevant Level 1 qualification.

You will also need to attend an informal interview with the course tutor. 

A DBS check and two confidential references and the ability to work in demanding placement settings are necessary


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.

Some learning outcomes within this qualification will require assessment in a real work environment.

Do you need to be working to take the qualification?

This qualification allows progression on to the Level 3 Early Years Educator qualifications and other Level 3 qualifications relating to child care.


  • Nursery assistant
  • Classroom assistant
  • Pre-school assistant
Course detail
Start September
Level 2
Attendance Full-time
Duration 1 year
Campus Coast Road Campus