Adult Skills and Community Learning

This course is ideal if you are looking to work with children between birth and 5 years, and gain knowledge of working with children up to 7 years. You do not need to have previous experience or qualifications in working with children to undertake this course.

The aim is to provide you with the knowledge and understanding of babies and young children from birth to 7 years of age with applied knowledge in the early years, 0-5 years.

The course content meets the Department for Education’s (DfE) Level 2 full and relevant criteria for a Level 2 Early Years Practitioner in the workforce.

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this qualification but learners will need to be at least 19 years of age and have or be working at English at level 1.  A DBS check is also required for this course.

Course details

This course is delivered in three ways:

Classroom based

  • 36 weeks of 3.5 hours a week, plus assessment tasks at home

Online delivery

  • 36 weeks.  1 x 2 hour weekly online session plus individual tutor interactions
  • 60  - 120 minutes of homework tasks to be completed each week
  • Individual tutor interactions as needed

Distance learning

  • Individual workbooks and tasks posted each week with telephone/ text/ email support from a tutor.

Work in a real work environment

You'll need to be working, volunteering, or on a practical placement, as you need to show competence in both knowledge and skills.

Course fees


If you're under 23 and don't have a full Level 2 qualification, or if you're on certain benefits, you may get a fee reduction or remission.

For details of how to pay and any fee reductions or remission that may apply see our paying for a course page.

How to apply

Contact us online for more information or to book your place.

What you can do next


  • CACHE Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Workforce (Early Years Educator)


Progression through level 3 into Early Years Foundation degree and Early Years Professional status.


What our learners say

  • The course gave me the confidence to work in a nursery and be good at my job.
    Early years course adult learner
  • It has given me the confidence to look for other work opportunities that I wouldn't have considered before.
    Early years course adult learner
  • It has helped me to decide what I would like to do in the future!
    Early years course adult learner
  • I have been able to apply for Teaching Assistant jobs and feel confident doing so.
    Teaching assistant course adult learner
  • My teaching assistant course was a great experience. I can't wait to continue at Level 3.

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