• LevelLevel 2
  • Age group16-18
  • Duration1 year
  • Awarding bodyCACHE


This course provides you with the knowledge of children from birth to 5 years and the practical experience of working with children in this age range. You will be introduced to the role of the early year’s practitioner, legislation, framework and professional practice, play, development and learning for school readiness, professional development partnerships, additional needs and safeguarding and play. You are also required to complete 250 hours of work placement in a childcare setting.

Pass/fail course. Students must achieve all criteria to pass the course.

Course Information

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For more information call Course Information on
01642 333333 or email courseinfo@mbro.ac.uk.

Modules offered may vary.

Modules will include:

  • Introducing the Role of the Early Years
  • Legislation, Framework and Professional Practice
  • Play, Development and Learning for School Readiness
  • Professional Development
  • Support Healthy Lifestyles
  • Support Children with Additional Needs

September – June

Entry requirements

You must have achieved an appropriate Level 1 vocational qualification and /or 4 GCSEs, including English and Maths at grade 3 (D). You must have English and maths grade 3 and above plus 2 suitable references. You will be required to complete a satisfactory Enhanced Disclose and Barring Service (DBS check).

The knowledge needed to achieve this qualification and progress to a Level 3 qualification, apprenticeship or employment will be delivered in the College, you will complete practical training sessions in the Colleges child care training suite.

Practical skills and knowledge will also be leant when you are completing work placement in a childcare setting.

This programme is assessed through a number of methods including written assignments, presentations, case studies and professional discussion.

Part of the assessment is completed within a childcare setting where you will be observed by your college assessor.

English and math's is assessed via the completion of an externally marked exam.

You can progress on to a Level 3 course in a childcare programme (Grade 4 English and maths must be achieved). You could also progress to an advanced Level 3 Apprenticeship Children and Young Peoples Workforce or seek employment as a Level 2 practitioner.

Tuition fees are free if you are a UK or home- fee status student and aged 16-18 on the 31st August before the start of your course.

If you are aged 19 or over, you may be required to pay fees depending on your residency status, educational background and personal circumstances. 

Many people qualify for free tuition fees, for more information please contact Course Information on 01642 333333. Additional financial support may also be available for full-time students.

Please click the apply now button at the top of this page which will take you to an application form, or you can download a full time course application here and print it out, complete the form and send it to the College. If you have any queries with regards to your application or you would like further information and support, please contact our Admissions Team on (01642) 333601. Or if you have any enquiries about courses, please contact Course Information on (01642) 333333 or e-mail CourseInformation@mbro.ac.uk

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Childcare students will be based in our multi-million pound campus, with specialist classrooms and equipment such as cyber babies and early years resources. Completing a work placement is a crucial element of our childcare courses as it means you can apply classroom learning in a real work environment.

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Additional Information

Learning Support

We understand that students may require a little extra help during their studies, which is why our learning support team are on hand to help learners with a learning difficulty or support need achieve their full potential.

Financial Support

Whatever your age or level of study, we offer a comprehensive financial support service and bursary scheme to help you through your time at Middlesbrough College. From childcare assistance to travel packages, we pride ourselves on giving expert advice and support.

Travel Information

We are situated in a fantastic location, just a stone’s throw from Middlesbrough town centre. As well as being a matter of minutes from both the train and bus stations, eligible students can also benefit from free travel.


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