This course is designed to provide an introduction to neuroscience, focusing on the early years from birth to 7 years old.

The qualification comprises of 13 weeks of knowledge only, so work or industry placement experience is not required. 

The expected time commitment is about 6 hours per week across the 13 weeks, made up of trainer-led teaching, and guided self-study.

There are no formal entry requirements, but students must have a good level of English, and experience of the Early Years is desirable. 

Assessment criteria: Each learner must create a portfolio of evidence generated from appropriate assessment tasks, which demonstrates achievement of all the learning outcomes associated with each unit. The assessment tasks should allow the learner to respond to a real life situation that they may face when in employment. 

Course Content & Schedule

Unit 1  Understanding Neuroscience in Early Years

Unit 2  Understanding self-regulation and how to nurture this in children from birth to seven

WeekModule Topic
1NS01-AInduction & introduction to neuroscience
2NS01-BNeuroscience of early brain development
3NS02-ANeurons and synapses
4NS02-BHow the social brain develops
6NS04-AUnderstanding self-regulation
7NS04-BCo-regulation and its role
8NS05Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) and the influences that can affect the child’s ability to self-regulate
9NS06-ATypes of stresses which impact on children from birth to seven years
10NS06-BAdverse childhood experiences and how they influence long-term wellbeing and development
11NS06-CDifference between the predominant behaviourist and alternative relational approaches and policies in behaviour management
12Optional tutorial session

All sessions are approximately 1-2 hours



Tuition fees for our NCFE CACHE Level 2 Award in Introduction to Neuroscience in Early Years are £500.

We also offer a monthly instalment plan: £80 registration fee followed by 6 monthly payments of £80.


Each learner must create a portfolio of evidence generated from appropriate assessment tasks, which demonstrate achievement of all the learning outcomes associated with each unit. The assessment tasks should allow the learner to respond to a real life situation that they may face when in employment.


Course Lead – Kris Kasperkiewicz

Kris holds a first degree in cellular and molecular biology. Since graduating, he has pursued his interest in human health, fitness and wellbeing, and has recently extended his academic qualifications with a masters in human nutrition, and is now a recognised nutritionist with the Association for Nutrition. He is currently exploring the linkage between nutrition and neuroscience.

Separately, his interest in health and fitness has led him to qualify as a cycle coach and personal trainer

He is passionate about helping educate people on following healthy lifestyles, including the physical, social and mental aspects of wellbeing.


Course Tutor – Yasmin Mukadam

Yasmin is currently a childcare lecturer in Further Education and a primary teacher. She is trained to teach yoga to adults and children from early years to teens. Yasmin is also a Paws B Mindfulness Trainer working with early years settings and schools. She has interests in mental health, fitness, wellbeing and mindfulness. Yasmin is passionate about teaching mindfulness through practical tools, techniques and strategies and pulls from over 12 years of experience working in nurseries, schools as well as teaching and assessing in colleges, universities and private training provision. She completed her MA in Education and is currently writing a book about mindfulness in early years.

All Upcoming Dates

We are currently developing our upcoming course schedule. If you are interested in joining the next session, please let us know by sending us an email


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