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NCFE CACHE Level 2 Diploma for Childrens Care, Learning and Development

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Level 2
Mode of Study
Course Type
Further Education
Armagh Campus


This qualification prepares you to work with children and young people, under supervision, in a range of settings, including nurseries and day care.

To complete this part-time course, you will attend College one evening or day per week and spend two days on work placement.  Your practical skills will be assessed in practice by a workplace assessor.


There are a mandatory 350 hours placement required to achieve the Level 2 Diploma.  You will also be required to have an Access NI check and possibly social services vetting before you can start placement. All applicants will be interviewed before being offered a place on this course.


The eight themes that are studied are:

  • Context Principles & Values that Underpin Practice
  • Communication & Partnership Working
  • Safeguarding Children
  • Keeping Children Safe, Healthy & Well 
  • Support Children's Personal Care & Nutrition 
  • Supporting Children's Development 
  • Supporting Children's Play, Learning and Development 
  • Contribute to the Support of Children with Disabilities and/or Special Needs 


1 year part-time (1 evening per week or 1 day per week)


On successful completion you may progress to the Level 3 Diploma in Children’s Care, Learning and Development or the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Children’s Care, Learning and Development


All full-time courses starting in September 2021 are open for applications. Please click on the Apply Now button (top right in the blue box) to begin your application. 

If you require any assistance with your application you can call us on 0300 123 1223.


Catherine McCullaugh 

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Concession Fees may be available to students enrolling on Further Education courses who are in receipt of any of the following benefits: Universal Credit (net income below £14,000) Guaranteed Pension Credit / Housing Benefit (Rates Rebate) or Rate Relief/ Working Tax Credit (where household income is £16,190 or below/ In-come based Employment and Support Allowance Income Support/ In-come based Jobseekers Allowance/ Republic of Ireland means tested benefit. All exam/material fees must be paid in addition to the concession fee.

Registration, materials and certificate fees (subject to charge by the awarding body) are payable where shown at enrolment. All courses are subject to satisfactory enrolment numbers being achieved and sustained throughout the year. A student will be offered a refund of fees where a course is cancelled by the College or where a student does not attend their course of study. However, a £20 administrative fee will be imposed on a student who is unable to attend a course and does not give the College a minimum of 5 working days' notice before the course commences. A refund is not available to anyone who leaves a course after making one or more attendances.


Information about our fees policy including details on registration and reduced fees as well as refunds can be found HERE

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    £567.00 (Course)
    £284.00 (Concession)
    £106.00 (Exam)
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