Child Development Curriculum Intent

NCFE CACHE Level 2 Technical Award in Child Development and Care in the Early Years  

What will I study? 

This qualification will promote the learner’s understanding of children (birth to 5 years) and will focus on:  

  • holistic child development  
  • factors that influence a child’s development  
  • care routines and activities to support a child  
  • regulation, policies, and procedures in the early years   
  • expectations of an early years practitioner  
  • roles and responsibilities within early years settings  
  • the importance of observations in early years childcare  
  • the purpose of planning in early years childcare

    What skills will I learn?

    Learners will develop the following skills that will inform future training and work in the early years sector:  

    • decision making  
    • observation  
    • resourcefulness  
    • problem solving  
    • planning  
    • evaluation  
    • reflection  
    • interpersonal skills  
    • professional behaviours  
    • respect and appreciation of others  
    • an ability to reflect upon their preferred learning style and identify relevant study skills

Key Stage 4

How will I be assessed? 

  • 50% of the course is an externally set, internally marked synoptic project.  
  • 50% of the course is an externally set and externally marked exam.  

This will give an overall grade at pass, merit, distinction or distinction*

Learners will be able to progress to further relevant Level 2 programmes of study or Level 3 programmes of study including Early Years, Childcare and Education or a T Level programme in Education and Childcare – allowing for entry into the workforce and higher education. 

Learners may also progress to an apprenticeship route in early years or the childcare sector at either Level 2 or Level 3. 

All these routes will support progression into a variety of occupations including early years practitioners, early years educators and teaching assistants.