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Children and Young People's Workforce, NCFE CACHE Level 2 Certificate

Course Information

  • Course Code: CC541
  • Duration: 1 academic year
  • Validated by: National Council Further Education
  • This course is also available to start in January

The Level 2 Certificate for the Children and Young People’s Workforce is for learners who wish to work in the Children and Young People’s workforce or who are already working as an assistant.

The Certificate will guide and assess development of knowledge and skills relating to Early Learning and Childcare workforces.

The Level 2 Certificate for the Children and Young People’s Workforce:

  • covers the age range from birth to 19 years
  • has a minimum credit value of 35 credits
  • You must have a current, DBS certificate,
  • have a placement or employment in a real work environment for a minimum of 8 hours per week and have completed a relevant level 1 qualification. You must also have good levels of literacy and numeracy.

What are the benefits to the employee?

Employees will benefit from:

  • A clearer understanding of their responsibility within the organisation
  • The opportunity to develop new skills
  • The recognition of existing skills

What will I get at the end of this course?

NCFE CACHE Level 2 Certificate for the Children and Young People's Workforce (England).

This Level 2 qualification provides opportunities for progression to further study of the Level 3 Early Years Practitioner (Early Years Educator).

Specific job roles may include:

  • assistant playgroup workers
  • assistants in children’s centres
  • assistants in day nurseries, nursery schools and nursery classes in primary schools
  • registered childminders and nannies

General opportunities:

  • support workers in the above settings

anyone who works with children and young people in the voluntary sector, including volunteers who are not covered by another sector skills body

How much does it cost?

Fees are subject to funding depending on the eligibility criteria of the individual learner.

Where will training be delivered?

At the candidate’s workplace and at Blackburn College.

The course is covered in a series of workshops where the underpinning knowledge evidence needed for the various units is covered. These workshops take place on a rolling programme and are available at different times throughout the year. The course can take between 7 – 10 months to complete. (apprenticeships minimum of 12 months).

To find out more:

Contact Kathryn Waqar - Uddin at Blackburn College on 01254 292575 or click here to email

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What will I study?

There are a range of topics that you will cover on the qualification these 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 behaviour
  • 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 the positive environments for children and young people
  • Understand partnership working in services for children and young people
Entry Requirements

You will need to arrange 7 1/2 hours per week of work placements (before you start the programme) and have good levels of Literacy and Numeracy.

How will I be assessed?

You are assessed by producing a portfolio of evidence that supports your ability and competence to work with children and young people. Each learner will be assigned an experienced, qualified assessor to assess competency in the real work environment using methods of direct observation, verbal questioning, case studies and workbooks.

Your Study Programme

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Career Options

Nursery Worker

Nursery workers, sometimes called nursery nurses, work with babies and young children from birth to five years in childcare settings. They make sure that the children under their care develop and learn in a safe and supportive environment.

If you are committed to helping children thrive and get the best start in life, this could be the perfect career for you.

You will need a warm and positive approach, lots of creative ideas and a willingness to work as part of a team.

You do not always need formal qualifications to start training as a nursery worker, although a good standard of general education, such as GCSEs, including English and maths, would be helpful. For all jobs, you will need to have background checks carried out by the Disclosure and Barring Service.

Job Opportunites in Lancashire

Nursery Manager

A nursery manager or pre-school manager is in charge of the day-to-day running of a childcare setting. They manage and support staff, and make sure that the centre offers a safe and caring environment for children to develop and learn.

If you enjoy working with children and want a job with lots of responsibility, this could be a perfect career for you.

In this job, you’ll need strong leadership and communication skills. You'll also need good business skills and a clear understanding of child protection, early years care and education issues.

To work as a nursery manager, you will normally need a minimum of a nationally recognised Level 3 childcare qualification and two years’ experience of working with children.

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Social Worker

If you want to make a positive difference in the community, a career as a social worker could be a perfect choice for you. To become a social worker you will need to study a three-year undergraduate degree or a two-year postgraduate degree in social work that is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). You will also need to pass background checks by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). As a qualified social worker your job will be to relate to people of all ages and backgrounds and be able to gain their trust, in order to help them. Often you’ll be put in situations where your tact, patience and understanding will be needed and you’ll need to assess and cope with these situations in a sensitive and non-judgemental way.?

Job Opportunites in Lancashire

Social Work Assistant

If you want to help and support people in the community, this could be a great job for you. Social work assistants help qualified social workers. The clients you work with could be in the community, in hospitals and in other settings such as residential care homes.

Employers will usually consider experience to be more important than your qualifications. They may ask for a good standard of general secondary education. To be a social worker’s assistant you will need a practical and flexible approach to work. You will also need to be patient and understanding.

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Early Years Teacher

Early years teachers, also known as nursery teachers, work with children aged from birth to five years in day nurseries, children's centres and independent nursery schools. They are specialists in early childhood development. They plan, organise and run a wide range of learning and play activities for young children in a safe and supportive setting.

If you love children and are committed to giving them a great start in life, this could be an ideal career for you.

You’ll need a clear understanding of how young children learn, lots of creative ideas and the ability to work closely with parents, teachers and other professionals.

To become an early years teacher, you will need to complete early years initial teacher training and demonstrate that you’ve met the Teachers’ Standards (early years). For this you will normally need a degree and also GCSEs (A*-C) in English, maths and a science subject, or equivalent qualifications. You will also need to pass Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks.

Job Opportunites in Lancashire

Primary School Teacher

In this job you will help to give young children the best possible start in life. If you like spending time with young people, and want to work in education, a job as a primary school teacher could be perfect for you.

You will need to have enthusiasm for the subjects you teach. You’ll also need to be able to relate to pupils and their parents, and have patience and a good sense of humour.

One of the main routes into primary school teaching is to do Initial Teacher Education or Training (ITET) and get qualified teacher status. To do this you must have GCSEs in English, maths and a science subject. You will also need clearance by the Disclosure and Barring Service.

Job Opportunites in Lancashire