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Introductory courses

NCFE/CACHE Level 1 Award in an Introduction to Early Years Settings

Where: various locations

How often: One morning session a week for 7 weeks

Cost: the cost of this course is £25. However, funding for this course is available subject to circumstances and may be free in some instances.

When: our next course is starting on 4 June, 2019, at Stratton Upper, Biggleswade. Download the PDF for details, or contact us to find out when we will be delivering a course in your area.

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This CACHE Level 1 is an ideal way to kick start your career working with very young children and is suitable for learners with minimal or no experience in the field. This introductory course is delivered over a matter of weeks; completing it will give you a basic understanding of how childcare is provided in settings.


NCFE CACHE Level 1 Award in an Introduction to Early Years Settings.

What can I do next/once qualified?

Many of our learners have secured paid or voluntary work in pre-schools, nurseries, children’s centres or lower school reception classes.

Course delivery and assessment

To successfully complete the course you'll need to attend all the taught sessions. Your tutor will set short written tasks for you to complete following each session.

Some e-learning is also set, so access to a laptop or computer is highly recommended - if you don't have your own maybe your local library can help.

Towards the end of the course you'll receive some information and advice about future training and career options.