NCFE CACHE Level 2 Award in an Introduction to Neuroscience in Early Years

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This qualification provides an introduction to neuroscience in the early years – from birth to seven years. Self-regulation in the early years is a critical set of skills that help children to remain calm, attentive, and able to deal with powerful emotions such as fear, anger, and sadness. Children are not born with these skills; they develop them over time when they are supported to understand their feelings and actions by caring and responsive adults. This qualification covers key factors that may affect development in children, such as stress, adverse childhood experiences, and special educational needs and disabilities.

Course Content

This course is made up of two units. 

Understanding neuroscience in early years:
  • Neuroscience of early brain development 
  • Neurons and their main functions 
  • Synaptogenesis
  • How the social brain develops 
Understanding self-regulation and how to nurture this in children from birth to seven years:
  • The Limbic System 
  • Self-regulation 
  • Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) and influences that can affect a child's ability to self-regulate 
  • Coregulation and its role 
  • Stresses which impact on children 
  • Adverse childhood experiences and how they influence long-term well-being and development 
  • The difference between predominant behaviours and alternative relational approaches and policies in behaviour management 
Career Progression

This course in an Introduction to Neuroscience in Early Years can be applied in future career paths such as;

  • Teaching Assistant (£11,500 to £23,000) 
  • Nursery Worker (£14,000 to £24,000) 
  • Learning Mentor (£14,500 to £25,000) 
How you will be assessed

There are no exams, all courses require you to complete assessment questions based on the knowledge you have gained from the units, at your own pace.

What is NCFE?

NCFE is a national, educational awarding organisation that designs, develops, and certifies diverse, recognised qualifications and awards, including for distance learning courses. It is a registered educational charity that has been dedicated to learning for over 150 years. 

  • Showcase to employers that you have gained a recognised and regulated qualification in your specific sector
  • Last year alone, over a quarter of a million learners chose to learn via NCFE CACHE
  • Build the foundations to improve your job prospects