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

Adult Skills & Training

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Course introduction

This qualification has been 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.

The programme covers a diverse range of job roles and occupational areas working in children’s settings including early years and social care.

It is a must-have for those completing the Level 2 Children and Young People’s apprenticeship.

As a learner you will select a range of units based around the skills and techniques best suited to your job role. You must achieve a minimum of 35 credits and the number of units you select will depend on the credit value of the units chosen. 

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

Course structure

You will be taught through a variety of methods including:

  • Lectures
  • Whole class discussion
  • Small groupwork
  • Presentations
  • Case studies and scenarios

Minimum entry requirements

  • This qualification is suitable for those 16+ years of age. 
  • You must have paid or voluntary employment in an early years setting for at least 250 hours over the duration of the programme i.e. at least one day of 7 hours for 36 weeks.

How will I be assessed?

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

Information & support

  • You will be required to attend an interview before being accepted onto this course. 
  • You will need 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 required to complete private study during the course of this qualification. 
  • The duration of this apprenticeship could be up to 18 months. 

Course fees & Duration

This course is fully funded for those aged 16-18. 

For those aged 19+ there is a fee of £635, plus £100 CACHE registration/certification fee.

What can I do with this qualification?

Upon completion of this qualification learners may apply for job roles in the statutory, voluntary and private sectors.

Job roles could include: Nursery Assistant, Classroom Assistant, Nanny or Pre-School Assistant.

Learners may also 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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