Children & Young People’s Workforce - CACHE Level 2 Certificate (RQF) Course

Course Format:Paper Based Materials (With Optional Online Course Notes)
Self-Study Time:Approximately 300 Hours (Self-Study)
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Gain a CACHE Level 2 Child Care Qualification

The Children & Young People’s Workforce - CACHE Level 2 Certificate (RQF) Course is designed for students who are wanting to work in the child care sector in a supervised capacity. Anyone wishing to embark on a career in child care will benefit and it provides a starting point to the formal qualifications required to work in the sector. It provides an ideal route into a career in child care and results in a fully recognised qualification which enables students to work competently in a supervised capacity.

The aims of this course are to allow students to develop:

  • An understanding of the role of learning and development in child care settings, and the legislative context within which child carers operate.
  • An understanding of the personal and interpersonal skills required of a child carer at this level.
  • An understanding of early education framework.

On successful completion students will receive the CACHE Children and Young People’s Workforce Level 2 Certificate Qualification with 35 credits.

Work Placement Requirements

Because this is a competence based qualification, students will need to have a placement in a child care setting in which to gather evidence of skills and learning, and you will need to nominate a workplace supervisor who will oversee your practical evidence gathering. The nominated person could be someone with a management qualification or anyone with a level 3 childcare qualification who is licensed to work unsupervised in a nursery. It is recommended that students have a work placement for the duration of their studies. This could be a full time position or a voluntary position of 1 or 2 mornings, afternoons or days per week.

People intending to gain the level 3 Early Years Educator qualification will find this an ideal first step which introduces the format of knowledge and competence based qualifications, before embarking on the longer and more demanding level 3 course qualification which needs to be studied over a 2 year period.

The Children & Young People’s Workforce - CACHE Level 2 Certificate (RQF) Course includes the following units:
This unit aims to develop knowledge and understanding of child and young person development and the factors, including transitions, which may affect development.
The aim of this unit is for the learner to apply their knowledge and understanding in order to support child and young person development. The unit also includes support to children and young people experiencing transitions and positive behaviour support.
This unit provides the knowledge and understanding required for safeguarding the welfare of children and young people.
This unit provides learners with the knowledge and skills to contribute to supporting children and young people’s health and safety.
The purpose of this unit is to develop the learners understanding of why a positive environment is important to the individual needs of children and young people and the skills required to support this.
This unit provides knowledge and understanding of the importance of partnership working and effective communication.
This unit provides the knowledge, understanding and skills required to support children and young people’s positive behaviour. It requires demonstration of competence in supporting positive behaviour and responding to inappropriate behaviour.
This unit is aimed at those who work in health or social care settings or with children or young people in a wide range of settings. The unit introduces the central importance of communication with a range of people in such settings, and ways to reduce barriers to communication. It also addresses the issue of confidentiality.
This unit is aimed at those who work in health or social care settings or with children or young people in a wide range of settings. The unit introduces the concepts of personal development and reflective practice which are fundamental to such roles, and ways to implement these.
This unit is aimed at those who work in health or social care settings or with children or young people in a wide range of settings. The unit introduces the concepts of equality, diversity and inclusion which are fundamental to such roles specified.
This unit covers the competence required to maintain and support relationships with children and young people. It requires demonstration of competence in communicating with children and young people, developing and maintaining relationships with children and young people, and supporting relationships between children and young people and others in the work setting.
This unit provides knowledge and understanding of how children and young people from birth to 19 years develop, including underpinning theoretical perspectives. It also includes actions taken when differences in development are identified and the potential effects of transitions on children and young people’s development.
This unit provides the knowledge, understanding and skills required to support children and young people’s health and safety. It requires a demonstration of competence in recognising hazards and undertaking risk assessments in the work setting.
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Course Duration & Online Support

You can start this course at any time, and you would be registered for a one-year period. You also have access to a personal tutor who can be contacted by email. Your tutor is available to assist with any queries and to mark your assignments for the Awarding Body.

As the course is self-study, you can complete it as quickly as you like. Support extensions are available if students do not complete the course within the one-year period.

Course Format & Delivery

This course is supplied as hard copy paper-based materials. You will receive an A4 ring bound course folder which will include all of your course notes and assignments and there is a separate study guide which should be read before starting the course and explains about support, the required format of assignments and how to submit assignments for assessment. We find this format works well for this particular course as you don't have to be on a computer to work through the notes and you get to keep the course materials after you have completed your study if you need to refer back to them.

We do also offer the option of an online version of the course notes which can be purchased for an additional £36.00 for learners who prefer computer-based learning or are travelling and need access to their course notes. This option is available at the checkout when ordering the course.

The hard-copy course materials are dispatched using a next working day courier service where available and the online course notes are usually issued within 24 hours of processing an application.

If learners would prefer an online only version of the course notes then please contact us for information on how to order this.


Each of the units requires students to provide relevant coursework to make up there complete portfolio. The portfolio will consist of a mixture of knowledge based tasks requiring text based / essay style answers, and evidence of practical skills which include witness statements, observations and discussion records based on your workplace experience. The practical aspects will need to be overseen by a nominated workplace supervisor from a placement setting.

CACHE Level 2 Early Years Qualification

The Qualification is gained from your coursework so there is no exam to complete. On successful completion, students will gain a Level 2 Children & Young People's Workforce Qualification issued by CACHE.

This qualification has been accredited on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (Ofqual Qualification No. 601/3395/8). This is a Level 2 Certificate Qualification with 35 credits.

Information on level descriptors can be found on the Ofqual's level descriptors page.

CACHE are a national awarding body who offer high-quality qualifications for the care and education industry, making them the UK’s leading sector specialist. Established in 1945 by the Ministry of Health under the name of the National Nursery Examination Board (NNEB). In 1994 the NNEB merged with the Council for Early Years Awards to form CACHE. They offer a portfolio of qualifications ranging from Entry to Level 5. This course is purchased through Distance Learning Centre, a partner of Kendal Publishing. The delivery, assessment and quality assurance will be carried out by Kendal Publishing who are an approved CACHE centre for assessment and certification.

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