Introduction to the subject

This course (Level 2 Technical Award in Child Development and Care in the Early Years) is designed for students who want an introduction to child development and care. The skills and understanding gained through this qualification will be useful to progress onto an apprenticeship in the early years sector or progression to Post 16 qualifications such as Level 3 Child Development.

Aims of the subject

The qualification aims to:

  • focus on the study of child development and care in the early years
  • offer breadth and depth of study, incorporating a key core of knowledge
  • provide opportunities to acquire a number of practical and technical skills

What will you study?

This qualification consists of nine content areas:

  • child Development
  • factors that influence the child’s development
  • care routines, play and activities to support the child
  • early years provision
  • legislation, policies and procedures in the early years
  • expectations of the early years practitioner
  • roles and responsibilities within early years settings
  • the importance of observations in early years childcare
  • planning in early years childcare

Exam board: CACHE/NCFE
Qualification type: Level 1/2
Contact: Mrs R Holder

How will you be assessed?

This qualification has two assessments externally set – one non-exam assessment and one examined assessment.

The non-exam assessment encourages the learner to combine elements of their learning and to show accumulated knowledge and understanding across all content areas. This assessment is marked internally.

The examined assessment is set and marked by the awarding body and assesses knowledge and understanding across all the content areas in the qualification.

Future pathways and careers

  • Childcare
  • Nursing
  • Teaching
  • Adult carer
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