Services for Young Children

Level 2 – course information

Important Information:

If you do not already have the equivalent of a level 2 qualification, e.g. 5 GCSEs at grades A-C, you may be entitled to a level 2 course free of charge. Please ask the course provider about this.

Courses can be taught in different ways and it is important that you ask the provider how the course is set-up, for example, will I attend classes with other students? How often will I meet with my tutor on a 1-1 basis? How much contact time will I have with my tutor/assessor? How long will I have to complete my course? Please make sure you take all this information into account when choosing which course provider to enroll with.

CACHE Level 2 Certificate in an Introduction to Early Years Education and Care (QCF)

This qualification is designed as a stepping stone to a full and relevant L3 Diploma. It will contain a mixture of core, mandatory and option units tailored to the to the Early Years sector in which you are employed or volunteering. Further details will be available from your local college or training provider.

Level 2 Award/Certificate/Diploma in Playwork

There are limited opportunities provided by Hampshire colleges to achieve these qualifications. Independent training providers and distance learning providers are often able to deliver them on a bespoke/individual basis.


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