Children and Young People’s Workforce Level 2 Certificate (QCF)

Adult Skills & Training

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Course introduction

Course Description:

This qualification is designed to help learners build the knowledge and skills needed when working under supervision with children and young people from birth to 19 years of age. It covers a diverse range of job roles and occupational areas working in children’s settings including early years and social care.

It is also a must-have for all those undertaking the Level 2 Children and Young People’s Apprenticeship.

Course Content:

Learners must achieve a total of 35 credits: 29 credits from mandatory units plus 6 credits from Option units.

Mandatory units include:

• Introduction to communication in health, social care or children’s and young people’s settings
• Introduction to personal development in health, social care or children’s and young people’s settings
• Introduction to equality and inclusion in health, social care or children’s and young people’s settings
• Child and young person development
• Safeguarding the welfare of children and young people
• Maintain and support relationships with children and young people
• Support children and young people's positive behavior
• Contribute to the support of child and young person development
• Contribute to children and young people's health and safety
• Contribute to the support of positive environments for children and young people
• Understand partnership working in services for children and young people

Option Units are available at levels 2, 3 and 4 and include:

• Understanding children’s development
• Promoting children’s development
• Supporting play and creativity
• Supporting meal and snack time
• Supporting children with disabilities and special educational needs

Course structure

Teaching methods:

You will be taught using a variety of methods: lecture, whole class discussion, small groupwork, presentations, case studies and scenarios.

Minimum entry requirements

Entry requirements:

You should be at least 16 years old and have paid or voluntary employment in an early years setting for at least 250 hours over the duration of the course i.e. at least one day of 7 hours for 36 weeks. You will need to show competence in both knowledge and skills in the work place.


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

How will I be assessed?

Course assessment:

All units are internally assessed using a range of methods: direct observation in the workplace, a portfolio of evidence, written assignments or tasks set by CACHE. Some learning outcomes require assessment in a real work environment.

Information & support

This course requires an interview. 

You will need the support from a qualified and experienced professional in your work setting who will be required to complete professional development records.

You will need to provide files and writing materials. Wordprocessing skills and access to a  computer for research and writing is an advantage. You will  be expected to make time for private study to complete the qualification which may take up to 18 months.

Experienced and competent staff at our adult learning centres can help you decide on your course and progression options. If you feel you would benefit from more in depth careers advice please contact: The National Careers Service - Call 0800 100 900 Lines are open 8am to 10pm, 7 days a week or Practical help and advice is also provided to assist students with any kind of disability or individual need, including people for whom English is not their first language. Please contact our centre staff to discuss your needs prior to starting your course.

What can I do with this qualification?

Progression Opportunities:

On completion, learners may apply for job roles in the statutory, voluntary and private sectors, such as: Nursery Assistant, Classroom Assistant, Nanny or Pre-School Assistant. They may progress to the CACHE level 3 Diploma in Early Years Education and Care (Early Years Educator) or the CACHE level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Workforce (Early Years Educator).

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