NCFE CACHE Level 2 Diploma for the Early Years Practitioner


Study online the NCFE CACHE Level 2 Diploma for the Early Years Practitioner course at Upskill Online UK and get a support and accountability coach in addition to your tutor. This is the perfect qualification if you want to progress into Nursery Management or Specialist Childcare roles, and is internationally recognised. Complete this course to progress in your early Years career or academic journey.


earner Study this NCFE CACHE Level 2 Diploma for the Early Years Practitioner course entirely online to achieve this credible and transferrable qualification. The NCFE CACHE Level 2 Diploma for the Early Years Practitioner qualification is essential to enter the early years childcare profession. Strengthen your skills as a Level 2 Early Years Practitioner, you’ll play an essential role in supporting the social and physical development of children ages 0-5, using imaginative learning techniques, promoting language and literacy skills, and encouraging independence along the way. Safeguarding babies and children from birth to 5 years old, under supervision, and you’ll have proven knowledge of working with children up to the age of 7, in an OFSTED regulated and learning environment. The NCFE CACHE Level 2 Diploma for the Early Years Practitioner course will show employers and educators that you have solid skills and qualifications to build upon.

You’ll need to either be working or volunteering in a placement for at least 250 hours so that you can complete observations and skills-based experience that are essential to complete this qualification.

In addition, Upskill Online UK offers you a support and accountability coach in plus a course tutor. You will also receive a highway to success plan for you to follow giving you excellent value for money and a clear pathway to enter your chosen career.

The NCFE CACHE Level 2 Diploma for the Early Years Practitioner course is internationally recognised in other countries as well as the UK.

  • Accredited OFQUAL regulated qualification awarded by NCFE CACHE
  • Learn Safeguarding, social and physical development skills
  • Perfect for advancing in Leadership, Management and Senior Early Years Positions.
  • Full support around your course and guidance for your future plans

Qualification Number:

Check this is a real qualification on the OFQUAL Register of Regulated Qualifications – QAN: 603/3723/0

Course Units

  • Unit 1 – Roles and Responsibilities of the Early Years Practitioner (EYP)
  • Unit 2 – Health and Safety of Babies and Young Children in the Early Years
  • Unit 3 – Equality, Diversity and Inclusive Practice in the Early Years Settings
  • Unit 4 – Safeguarding, Protection and Welfare of Babies and Young Children
  • Unit 5 – How to Support Children’s Development
  • Unit 6 – Support Care Routines for Babies and Young Children
  • Unit 7 – Supporting the Planning and Delivery of Activities, Purposeful Play Opportunities and Educational Programmes
  • Unit 8 – Promoting Play in Early Years Settings
  • Unit 9 – Supporting Wellbeing of Babies and Young Children for Healthy Lifestyles
  • Unit 10 – Supporting Babies and Young Children to be Physically Active
  • Unit 11 – Supporting the Needs of Babies and Young Children with Special Educational Needs and Disability
  • Unit 12 – Promoting Positive Behaviour in Early Years Settings
  • Unit 13 – Partnership Working in the Early Years
  • Unit 14 – Supporting the Needs of the Child in Preparing for School

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Awarding Body

NCFE CACHE is regulated by OFQUAL in England, and recognised by Qualifications Wales and the Council for the Curriculum, Examinations & Assessment in Northern Ireland.

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Course Assessment

There are no examinations required with this NCFE CACHE Level 2 Diploma for the Early Years Practitioner course. The Learner will be assessed as set out below:

  • Coursework
  • Portfolio of Evidence
  • Practical Demonstration/Assignment

You will be required to submit Tutor Marked Assignments (TMA’s). You will be given guidance on how to observe and report your practical observations required to pass the course.

Observation (included)

This course requires up to three observations. This means that somebody will need to observe you in practice. This could be in a workplace or a voluntary placement. These practical observations will be carried out by an Oxbridge Assessor (we’ll visit you) and that’s included in the course price.

Up to three complimentary external observations are offered for this course to any student on the UK mainland. This should be enough to complete your course.

**Many other providers are currently not compliant with the observation requirements for this course. It is not possible to complete the observations in this course using a member of staff in your placement. Observations must take place directly by the centre that runs the course.


There are no exams with this course.

Course Outcome

When you have successfully completed this course, you will achieve an NCFE CACHE Level 2 Diploma for the Early Years Practitioner qualification. This qualification allows a learner to count towards the Level 2 ratio as a qualified Level 2 Early Years Practitioner across the Early Years Workforce. The Learner may work under supervision in a variety of Ofsted-regulated environments.

Entry Requirements

Learners must be aged 16 or over. This course is suitable for most learners already working in any early years / nursery or childcare setting.


12 months

Total Qualification Time (GLH)

370 hours

What Next?

After you’ve completed this NCFE CACHE Level 2 Diploma for the Early Years Practitioner course, you could progress onto the CACHE Early Years Advanced Practitioner Level 3 Diploma course. Subsequently, you could also apply for jobs in a Childcare, Early Years or Nursery setting including:

  • Nursery Practitioner
  • Classroom Assistant
  • Pre-school practitioner
  • Physical Activity and Nutrition Coordinator


Above all, the NCFE CACHE Level 2 Diploma for the Early Years Practitioner course is popular with people employed in an early years setting and looking to progress into management or specialisation. Learners will receive qualified Tutor support, as well as your very own Upskill Online UK personal mentor and accountability coach, to help keep you motivated and on track with accountability sessions. In addition to the above, we will also help you to plan the next steps in your personal, academic or professional journey and provide your very own roadmap to success. You get the complete package all in one place with us here at Upskill Online UK, where learning is earning for life.

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