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The Early Years Educator CACHE Level 2 Certificate

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    For more information or to enrol onto this course, please contact our Business Development team on 01234 291747 or email

The aim of this CACHE qualification is to prepare learners to work with children between birth and five years, and with additional knowledge of children up to seven years. This qualification is suitable for a range of learners from the age of 19 onwards who have little or no experience in childcare.

Entry requirements

You will need to be volunteering in a childcare setting for approximately 10 hours per week for at least a term prior to enrolment and to a recommended minimum of 250 hours over the duration of the qualification. In addition, you will need to be motivated and strongly committed to the course.  You will also need to display a good level of literacy and ICT.

Course content

This course is based on themes – these themes are:

  • 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.

We also recommend that a paediatric first aid course be completed to supplement your studies.

Assessment methods

Assessment methods will be co-ordinated to suit your individual needs, ranging from written assignments, professional discussions, case studies and questioning.

Further study and career options

Successful completion of this qualification will allow you to progress to the Early Years Educator CACHE Level 3 qualifications, and other Level 3 qualifications relating to child care.

Additional information

This course can be delivered using our E-learning resource, where you can have access to your assessor, resources, tutorials and reading materials. Please ask at enrolment to find out more.

Course Information & How to Apply

To book onto this course please contact our Business Development team on 01234 291747 or email

LengthStart DateFeesLocationCourse Code
Up to 12 months Flexible Ring our Sales team on 01234 291747Ring our Sales team on 01234 291747 Work-based Learning K1530


Additional Learning Support
If you have a specific learning difficulty or disability, are deaf or hearing impaired, our Additional Learning Support team are on hand to give you assistance whenever you need it.  Find out more.

Autism & Asperger’s Syndrome Support
At Bedford College, we are committed to developing the provision for students on the autistic spectrum, including Asperger’s Syndrome.  Find out more.

We have access arrangements in place to help students with disabilities or any other particular needs. Call us on 01234 291000 for more information.

Additional formats
Course information sheets are also available in large print and audio formats. Call us on
01234 291000 to order your copy.

If you are unemployed and receiving benefits then you could learn for FREE

You could be eligible for free study if you are unemployed and on one of the following benefits:

  • Employment & Support Allowance (work-related activity group)
  • Jobseekers Allowance
  • Income support

Please note: you will need to be able to produce evidence of the benefit in your name when you come to enrol.

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