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Certificate in Introduction to Early Years Education and Care

The aim of the qualification is to prepare learners to work with children between birth and five years with knowledge of children up to seven years.
You will be required to provide both written evidence in the form of assignments to demonstrate your knowledge and understanding.
As part of your course you will be required to carry out observations and activities at your work placement working with your supervisor plan.

Entry Requirements

3 GCSEs at grade 3 or equivalent Level 1/2 qualification, including English Language and Maths.

Fees information

The course fees are listed in the course information box below. You could be entitled to have your fees waived if you are aged 19-23 and do not have a full level 2 qualification or you are aged 24+ and unemployed. Please contact Students Services at Swindon College, North Star Avenue, Swindon SN2 1DY. Tel 01793 491591 or e-mail for details.

What do I need to bring?

Folder, paper, pens

Assessment/Exam information

Assessment is in the form of written assignments, presentations, professional discussions, direct observations and a portfolio of evidence

Other information

Swindon College offers a friendly and relaxed learning atmosphere with highly qualified staff delivering a successful course.

There is a structured tutorial support system and students have access to many learning facilities that the College offers, including access to the internet.

What can I do next?

You may like to consider a Level 3 Early Years course, an Apprenticeship or employment.

Qualification description

NCFE Cache Level 2 Certificate in an Introduction to Early Years Education and Care. You will be required to achieve 33 credits , a mininum of 250 work placement hours and assessment will be through a range of methods. Duration of course is 1 year and grade outcome is Pass.

Course information & how to apply

Length Start Date End Date Course Fees Course Code
36 weeks per year 03 Sep 2018 28 Jun 2019 Tuition fee: £1,300.00
16-18 do not pay Tuition, Exams or Materials Fees
UCAS/UKPASS Code: Not Applicable
Study type: Full Time
Hours per week: 30.00
Study days: 5 DAYS

Any extra costs

Students aged 19+ will pay tuition fees and material costs.

There may be some supplementary costs for equipment, books, course trips and visits.

Financial assistance may be available to cover these costs, please ask a member of staff in our Student Finance office or call 01793 491591 for more information.

Please be aware course fees are subject to change and may vary due to cost increase from suppliers and number of enrolments.

How to apply

If you wish to apply for this course, please click on the 'Apply now' button at the bottom of this page.
Alternatively, you can contact Student Services at:
Swindon College, North Star Avenue, Swindon, SN2 1DY.
Tel. 01793 491591 or email