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Level 1 Introduction to Early Years Settings

Delivery dates for 2024 and 2025

Application closing dates Course start dates
Induction - Wednesday, 23 October 2024 Induction - Wednesday, 15 January 2025
Session One - Wednesday, 6 November 2024 Session One - Wednesday, 22 January 2025
Session Two - Wednesday, 20 November 2024 Session Two - Wednesday, 5 February 2025
Session Three - Wednesday, 4 December 2024 Session Three - Wednesday, 12 February 2025

Cambridgeshire Early Childhood Qualifications Centre designs all courses to ensure learners gain the most current and up-to-date information, knowledge, and skills to work in the early childhood sector.

This qualification is aimed at people who are considering careers in early childhood education to help gain an understanding of working in early years.

Qualification Overview

There are no formal entry-level requirements, but it is recommended that you should be volunteering in an early years setting with a current enhanced DBS. A passion to work with children is essential.

  • Learners must be a minimum of 19 years of age
  • Learners will need access to the internet and a computer/laptop or tablet to access the training and e-portfolio.

Throughout the course, learners will:

  • Gain an understanding of the value of play for babies and young children and how the early years practitioner supports their play
  • Gain an understanding of the regulations and best practices in the management and organisation of an early years setting
  • Gain an understanding of the roles and responsibilities in an early setting and the importance of reflection to improve your own practice
  • Have an understanding of the National Occupational Standards
  • Reflect on Every Child Matters – we do not cover this
  • Be introduced to the Early Years Foundation Stage – they just touch on this
  • Have a sound understanding of roles and responsibilities within an early years setting.


Course delivery

Week 1 The value of play for babies and young children
Week 2 & 3 Management and organisation in an early years setting
Week 4 Roles and responsibilities in the early years

Learners will attend an online induction session followed by four evening online training sessions with a tutor who will deliver the course content and set homework tasks for learners to complete an e-portfolio.

During the training, learners will be required to engage in:

  • Best practice discussions
  • Mini tasks
  • Interactive polls
  • Quizzes
  • Reflection on their knowledge and understanding of the subject
  • Support to prepare for the homework tasks.

To achieve the qualification learners must complete all set tasks and meet the level required.


On achieving the qualification learners can then progress to Level 2 Diploma for the Early Years Practitioner.

The estimated course completion time is 12 weeks depending on learner commitment and motivation.