Introduction to Early Years Education and Care - Level 2 Certificate (Full-Time)

Level 2 - 5 GCSEs(A*-C) or BTEC 1st Diploma or NVQ level 2 or Equivalent

Subject Area Childcare

School Health, Childcare, Business and Science

Attendance Full-Time


This new nationally recognised qualification will prepare you to work with children between the ages of birth to seven years within a range of Early Years settings and is delivered by highly experienced Early Years and Childcare professionals.

You will have the opportunity to use our new purpose built nursery and reception rooms and attend a variety of compulsory work placements.

This course runs on the following dates:

Start Date: September 2018. For further information, please call 0191 200 4000 or email
Duration: 1 Year
Venue: Rye Hill Campus

Who the course is for

This qualification is suitable for anyone aged 16 years and above who is caring, patient and compassionate and who wishes to work with children in Early Years settings such as day nurseries, primary schools, playgroups and crèches. 

Qualification Gained

Cache Level 2 Certificate in Early Years Education and Care 

"A huge positive about this course is that it is nationally recognised."

Katherine Crider
Workplace Skills City & Guilds Children and Young People's Workforce Level 2 Certificate (QCF)

Industry Average Salaries

Below are some of the typical job roles and salaries within the sector:

Junior Level Role

Youth Worker - £18,000-£20,000

Middle Level Role

Experienced Youth Worker - £25,000-£35,000

Senior Level Role

Youth Service Manager - £35,000-£45,000

How to Apply


Click on the "Apply for this course" button at the bottom of this page.

In Person

Come along to our Student Services Office, located within Armstrong Building. Alternatively, visit an Open Event at our Rye Hill Campus, click here for dates and times.


You can download an application here and post it FREE to:

Newcastle College
Rye Hill Campus
Scotswood Road
Newcastle upon Tyne

Alternatively call 0191 200 4000 and we will send you an application form.

Course Content

Learners will study a range of units related to working with children in Early Years settings within the following themes:

  • Introducing the Role of the Early Years Practitioner (what it means to work with children, families and other professionals).
  • Legislation, Frameworks and Professional Practice (understanding safeguarding, health and safety and curriculums).
  • Play, Development and Learning for School (understanding how children grow, develop and gain skills and developing skills to help children play and learn by taking part in practical activities)
  • Professional Development (developing skills to help you be patient, caring, compassionate and how to work with others).

Learners will undertake compulsory work placement for 1 day per week within school and nursery settings. For this you will need a DBS clearance.

Learners will study Maths and English Language as part of this study programme. Maths and English form part of every programme of study for students who have yet to secure a GCSE grade C or above, in these subjects. This will enhance job and career opportunities, and where appropriate, progression to higher education.

Learning Methods

Our learning methods vary to meet your individual needs and will include the following:

  • Classroom Based Activities
  • Practical Activities in our purpose built nursery and reception rooms
  • Projects
  • Compulsory Work Placement in a range of Early Years Settings 

Assessment Methods

You will be assessed throughout your whole programme in the following ways:

  • Written Assignments
  • Presentations
  • Direct Observations
  • Reflective Accounts
  • Diary Evidence
  • Witness Statements
  • Portfolio

Progression Opportunities

During your studies your personal tutor will support you on your progression journey and guide you on a route into employment and to further courses of study.

On successful completion of this course you may be able to progress onto a Level 3 course such as Cache Level 3 Diploma in Early Years Education and Care (Early Years Educator), Cache Level 3 Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools, Edexcel / Btec Level 3 Health Studies, Health Sciences or Health and Social Care. 

Career Opportunities

This qualification can help you to acquire roles within Early Years settings such as Nursery Assistant, Classroom Assistant, Crèche Worker, Nanny and Child-minding Assistant. 

Entry Requirements

  • 4 GCSE's grades D-E including English Language and Maths at grade D
  • DBS Clearance

Further Information

If you have a query about this course or would like advice on your study options, contact Student Services, based in Armstrong House at Rye Hill Campus. If you need information in another format (e.g. large print) or another language, please ask.

Student Services
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday: 8.30am - 4.30pm
Wednesday and Friday: 9.30am - 4.30pm

Monday - Friday: 8am - 4.30pm

Telephone Contact Centre
Monday - Thursday: 8.30am - 5pm
Friday: 8.30am - 4.30pm

You can also contact us via the following:

In person: Student Services, Armstrong House, Rye Hill Campus, Scotswood Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE4 7SA.
By phone: (0191) 200 4000 By fax: (0191) 200 4517 By minicom: (0191) 272 3304
By e-mail:
By post: Student Services, Newcastle College, FREEPOST NT920, Scotswood Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE4 7SA (you do not need a stamp). 

Course Costs

£55:00 course costs towards placement t-shirts, a course text book and off campus activities.  Students who undertake GCSE English or Maths will be required to purchase a revision guide and workbook (£5.00), and those undertaking Maths will also be required to purchase a scientific calculator (about £7.00).

These can be purchased from the college or from any good stationers.

Additional Course Costs

16 to 18s

Tuition is free for learners aged 16 to 18. A learner will continue to be eligible for free tuition for the duration of their qualification, this includes Year 2 of a qualification if the learner was aged 16-18 when they started in Year 1. Additional financial support may also be available for full-time learners, please call our Student Services team on 0191 200 4000 for more information.

Please note, if you are applying from Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland you may be subject to different funding rules than students who live in England. Depending on your age and type of course you choose you may be liable for fees, even if you are under 19. Please contact Student Services on0191 200 4000 to discuss your eligibility with a Student Adviser.