Children and Young People’s Workforce Level 2


Children and Young People’s Workforce Level 2




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

Is this the right course for me?

This qualification replaces the level 2 NVQ and Certificate in Children’s Care, Learning and Development and is for those who are already employed. The level 2 Diploma leads to a recognised qualification relating to your role in a childcare setting, for example in the roles of : Careworker, Childminder, Nursery Nurse or Youth and Community Worker.

The qualification will enable you to develop your working knowledge and understanding of how to promote the development of children and enable them to reach their full potential.You will gain knowledge of legislative guidelines and policies relating to childcare and how to implement these within your setting as well as gaining numeracy and literacy key skills to support your work with children.

As part of your L2 Apprenticeship you have to complete Functional Skills Maths.English & ICT at L1

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16-18 – these learners are fully funded by the Education Funding Agency on a per learner basis, or in the case of Apprentices, by the Skills Funding Agency based on the cost of the relevant framework.

19 -23 – these learners can access funding for a first full level 2 and first full level 3 (or 4), but the rules are very specific and depend upon prior attainment, employment status, location of delivery (classroom/workplace) and the qualifications being taken. This group has become smaller in recent years, reducing from the 19-24 age group, to the 19-23 age group.


24+ – very few of these learners are eligible for public funding. Funding is limited to those most in need: the unemployed and those without basic skills. Level 3 and 4 co-funding used to be available for certain learners in this group, but from 2013/14 all funding for 24+ learners taking level 3 and 4 is limited to loans.



As part of your L2 Apprenticeship you have to complete Functional Skills Maths.English & ICT at L1 

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What does the qualification cover?

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.

Who is it suitable for?

Anyone who wants to work, or has just started to work in the children and young people’s workforce.

What are the entry requirements?

You should be at least 16 years old. Please read above

How many credits are required to complete it?

The Certificate requires 35 credits.

How is it assessed?

It will be assessed by your tutor or assessor using a range of methods. This could include direct observation in the workplace, a portfolio of evidence, written assignments or a task set by us.

​Do you need to be working to take the qualification?

Yes, you will need to be working, volunteering or on practical placement as you need to show competence in both knowledge and skills.

How long does it take to complete?

You can usually complete it in a year or less.

What related qualifications can you progress to?

It provides a direct progression route to the Level 3 Diploma for the Children and Young People’s Workforce as they share a number of units.

You might also like to look at our suite of Early Years Educator qualifications.  Learners completing an Early Years Educator qualification will have been trained to the highest of standards, equipping them with the best early years qualifications available. These are now the must-have qualifications for all those wanting to work at Level 3 with children from birth to five years of age, and will provide the full and relevant status of being an Early Years Educator.

Funding for our qualifications

Apprenticeships courses are fully funded  

Which type of job roles can you apply for on completion?

•  Assistant Pre-school Workers

•  Assistant in Children's Centres

•  Assistant in Day Nurseries, Nursery Schools and Nursery Classes

Workplace Assessments

Portfolio, Work Based Learning

Start Date: ASAP

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Fee Details


Concession Fees:£0

Oversease Fees:£0

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