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CACHE Certificate Introducing Caring for Children and Young People RQF

Learners will acquire the necessary skills to launch a successful career working within an early years setting.

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Level 2 / NCFE CACHE Certificate / OLC20

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12 months expert tutor support


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Course introduction

Knowing that you are helping to influence and shape young minds can be an incredibly rewarding experience. Our CACHE Level 2 Certificate Introducing Caring for Children and Young People RQF aims to take this passion to the next level by helping you to build a lasting and fulfilling career in the childcare sector.

This course is especially useful for those just starting out, as it can equip you with everything you need to begin working in an Early Years (preschool or nursery) environment. However, if you already work as a childcare practitioner, you can still benefit from this intuitive online learning course, as each unit strives to broaden your understanding of child welfare, safety and development.

From understanding how to safeguard children/ young people, to recognising the importance of learning through play; by the end of this online course you’ll have the knowledge to deliver quality provision in a variety of different childcare settings.

The fact that our course meets national standards across the UK, means you can instantly increase your employability and begin shaping a career that will enable you to progress up the career ladder as your skills evolve.

Take advantage of becoming a part of the CACHE Alumni once you have enrolled on any of our CACHE courses. CACHE Alumni is a professional membership network for those who work in the healthcare and education industries. It is free to join and it supports practitioners, learners, and educators throughout their learning journey. Some of the benefits from joining CACHE Alumni include access to the latest articles across the healthcare sector for two years and complete access to useful webinars, podcasts, and career support.

Qualification Title: NCFE CACHE Level 2 Certificate Introducing Caring for Children and Young People
Qualification Number: 600/0336/4
Total Credits: 16

Required knowledge

No prior knowledge, training or practical experience is required to enrol onto this course, making it ideal for anyone venturing into the childcare sector for the first time. Without any expectations or pressure, you can easily begin developing your skills and adding a credible qualification to your arsenal.

Please note: This is a knowledge only qualification that requires no practical assessments or experience from real life work environments. All certification fees are included within the cost of the course.


To complete this course, you will need to submit and pass 12 written assignments that are structured around the content within the syllabus. Once assessed by your tutor you’ll receive invaluable feedback and tips that can be used to help develop your skills and improve your grades on future assignments.

Awarding organisation

Awarding Organisation

Upon completion of this course, learners will be awarded a CACHE Level 2 certificate and an OLC Certificate.

This qualification is taught, assessed and quality assured by Oakwood Home Learning, a CACHE accredited training provider (centre number 03445.000) who specialise in childcare and early years qualifications delivered through home learning. The course materials and tutor support are provided by Oakwood Home Learning and all students are enrolled through them with CACHE certifications requested by the Oakwood Home Learning on behalf of students who have completed their qualification.

CACHE are the UK’s leading awarding body within the care and education sectors. Their courses are seen as an industry standard, with many employers requesting CACHE certifications for their roles.

Course modules

  • Unit 1:– Safeguarding the welfare of children and young people
  • Unit 2:– Importance of play for early learning
  • Unit 3:– Use food and nutrition information to plan a healthy diet
  • Unit 4:– Young Children’s Development
  • Unit 5:– Accident prevention and fire safety when babysitting

Learner support

Comprised of 5 units, 12 written assignments and 134 hours of self-led study; this CACHE Level 2 certificate requires no additional qualifications and can be completed at a pace that best suits you.

There is no pressure or stress to conform to set deadlines. Instead, as long as you finish your assignments within 12 months of enrolment; you can easily manage your studies around existing work commitments and study when, where and however you want.

We aim to make your learning experience easy and stress free. That is why, from the moment you enrol, you’ll gain instant access to all your course materials, lessons, resources and assignments – 24/7/365 days of the year – so you can begin learning straightaway.

More importantly, you’ll receive your very own personal tutor whose expertise in working with children in childcare settings can assist you in the expansion and development of your skills.

Our tutors are readily on hand to lend you their knowledge, support and guidance as often or as little as you need. However, we strongly recommend taking advantage of their feedback and tips as their years of experience can greatly assist your learning progression.

Simply, take advantage of our integrated chat and messaging systems, and at a click of a button you can contact your personal tutor, and get all your questions answered without delay.

Our dedicated help centre can prove additionally helpful, as they can supply you with step-by-step instructions on how to submit your assignments; strengthen your grades and get better results.


What is distance learning?

Distance learning is the most flexible and convenient approach to studying. There is no need for you to attend college and, therefore, you can study anytime, any place, anywhere that fits in with your lifestyle. Distance learning programmes are ideal for people who may have a full-time job, or other commitments, that won’t allow them time off to study.

What do I need to do to get started on a course?

You'll need to be able to commit the required time to your studies. We recommend that you choose a course you think will interest you, and help you to achieve your ambitions. If you would like some advice, or further information, please call our helpline free on 0333 3445 690.

To purchase a course, simply click on the ‘Buy now’ button against your chosen course and follow the on screen instructions. Alternatively if you would prefer to purchase the course over the phone, call 0333 3445 690 and speak to one of our expert course advisors.

How does the distance learning/home study method work?

The course operates through a study pack and access to your own personal tutor. Once you have chosen your course we will send you your study pack, which you will be required to work through before completing the course.

Depending on the course you have chosen, you will either be required to complete assignments and submit these for marking as the course progresses and/or be required to sit an end exam. The end exam could be in the form of multiple choice questions, or be an invigilated exam at a registered test centre.

Your completed assignments will need to be sent to your tutor for marking/assessment, you will then receive written feedback and guidance. It may be possible to submit your assignments by email, however you will need to check this with your tutor. Please be aware that your assignments will be maintained by NCCHL for moderation and audit purposes.

These requirements will always be listed on the course description page, so please refer to this for details of what is required for each individual course.

How long should it take to complete a course?

Depending on the course you have chosen, and the amount of time you can commit, it could take from 6 weeks to 12 months to complete your course.

The duration of the course is largely down to you though. The beauty of home learning is that it allows you complete flexibility to fit your studies around your lifestyle and other commitments. You can dedicate as much, or as little, time as you want to your studies - no one will be chasing you for your work or asking why you haven’t submitted an assignment.

We do strongly recommend, though, that before you purchase a course you assess your ability to commit the necessary time to completing the course in a timeframe that will not leave you losing your motivation.

How quickly will I receive my course material?

We guarantee that you will receive your course materials within 5 days of purchase, but for many courses we would anticipate that you will have to wait no more than 48 hours.

The course materials are always sent to you via a tracked courier service, to ensure that you receive your study pack within our stated period.

How much will it cost?

The cost is largely dependent on the type of the course. The longer the course is the higher the cost will be, due to the size of the study pack and the nature of the qualification.

All prices are clearly stated on the course description page and will always be displayed prior to you committing to purchase a course.

Please note that there may be additional fees required should your course have an external assessment, such as A Levels, ICB qualifications etc. To clarify, please speak to a course advisor.

What support will I receive?

You will be allocated your own personal tutor who can be contacted via e-mail, telephone, fax or post for help and advice on any aspect of the course.

Many courses require that you submit work to your tutor during the period of study and your tutor will assess your work and pass comments back to you. Your tutor is available to you as much as you need them.

Please be aware that officially the tutor support provided with the course is for a period of 12 months, although if you need longer let us know and we’ll endeavour to extend that.

Will I have to sit an examination?

All of our courses are accredited, so you need to show that you have acquired the knowledge to pass the course – this may involve sitting an examination, but it depends on the course you have chosen.

Some courses require you to be continually assessed throughout the course, while others may require an end of course exam or assignment (which may be completed at home) to be submitted to your tutor.

Certain types of qualifications, A-levels and GCSEs for example, do require you to sit an invigilated exams at a registered test centre. You will need to organise and pay for the examinations yourself, however full details of what you need to do will be available from the centre who are delivering the qualification.

If in doubt, please email ‘’, NCC can then discuss or put you in touch directly with the course provider.

Can I study from outside the UK?

Yes, there are no geographical limits to where you can study.

You just need to be aware that all tutors are based in the UK and work may need to be submitted to them via post, although in most cases e-mail can be used.

Where the course requires that you sit an invigilated exam at a test centre, there are many exam centres outside of the UK. However, we would advise that you check with us before purchasing one of these courses if you want to study from abroad.

Will I receive a qualification when I complete the course?

All of our courses are accredited and you will receive a certificate upon successful completion of the course.

For more information about this please see the section of the website that details how awarding bodies work and what the different types of qualifications are.

Can I take more than one course at a time?

Yes, you can take as many courses as your time allows. But we would recommend that you clearly evaluate how much time you can commit to your courses of study.

The good news is though that if your circumstances change you can always take a break and come back to your studies.

Additionally, discounts are available if you buy more than one course at the same time.

How long will it take for my work to be marked by my tutor?

Your work will be marked and feedback returned to you within 12 working days after submission. This is because our tutors are required to provide detailed, considered feedback to our learners that may take a while to formulate. We find that by working this way, our learners actually complete their course in less time, as they rarely need to submit an assignment more than twice.

Whilst it is possible to submit multiple assignments at the same time, we advise that our learners submit only one at a time. We want our learners to develop as they progress through their course, and find this is best achieved when a student embarks on a new module having taken into account tutor feedback from the previous submission.

Do I need any additional books or equipment to do my course?

No, we provide everything you need to pass your course.

How do I enrol?

Once you have chosen your course, you can either purchase the course online which will enrol you, or you can call our helpline on 0333 3445 690 who will sign you up for the course and arrange to have all your learning materials sent to you.

What if I’ve chosen the wrong course?

If, after receiving the course, you decide it isn’t the right course for you, you can simply return the goods within 14 days and we will send your money back in full for the majority of courses (excluding postage and packaging) or you can choose another course that you feel would suit your needs and ambitions better.

What is the difference between the online and paper versions of courses?

Our online courses are completed through our online learning system after receiving login and access instructions. You will not receive any course materials through the post. The paper based version is posted out in a binder to your home or place of work and requires completion of a portfolio of work that is submitted to your tutor for marking.

Where can I find your Equality and Diversity Policy?

All NCC policies and procedures can be provided on request from NCC directly by emailing or calling 0333 3445 690.

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