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Nelson Thornes Launches student handbooks to support new CACHE qualifications

New from leading educational publisher Nelson Thornes is a set of blended learning resources to support the new CACHE (Council for Awards in Children’s Care and Education) Level 2 and Level 3 qualifications in Childcare and Education. A vibrant full-colour student book is available for each of the two levels of this new course, with online content delivered via Nelson Thornes learning space, which offers both students and tutors a personalised learning environment.

Mandatory from September 2008, the two new qualifications offer students the opportunity to gain the credentials they need to work in the childcare industry – Level 2 can lead to a supervised role such as a nursery or pre-school assistant, while Level 3 can lead to an unsupervised role, for example a nursery nurse or daycare practitioner.
The indispensable student books offer both Level 2 and Level 3 students the information they need in an accessible and easily digestible format. The simple layout, use of attention-grabbing text features and incorporation of colourful visuals, provide a lively and engaging medium by which to stimulate learners. Each unit is mapped precisely to the CACHE specifications and is divided into learning outcomes to allow students to navigate through the book with ease. Eye-catching text features offer bite-sized nuggets of useful information, for example, ‘Good Practice’ tips highlight areas of safe professional practice; while ’Have a go!’ tasks help students understand and remember information.
Nelson Thornes learning space, reinforces the content of both the Level 2 and 3 student books and, because it is an online learning environment, allows students to access work and resources anywhere, anytime. Interactive case studies encourage students to put theory into practice and help develop their decision-making abilities. Video clips, showing everyday settings, bring the world of childcare to life and allow students to practise their observation and assessment skills. Quizzes can also be taken online, offering students instant feedback and allowing them to monitor their own progress.
Not just for the students, tutors can also utilise Nelson Thornes learning space to assign work and monitor students’ progress. It also allows tutors to tailor activities to meet each learner’s individual needs. 
Eve Thould, Commissioning Editor, Nelson Thornes, commented: “These exciting new qualifications from CACHE bring the syllabus completely up-to-date to meet modern learning styles. Nelson Thornes’ blended resources support tutors and help students gain the necessary knowledge and understanding they need to begin a successful career in childcare.”
Both Nelson Thornes’ CACHE Level 2 and Level 3 Child Care and Education student books are available from all good bookshops and online direct from Nelson Thornes at Sample chapters and online content can also be found on the website.
As well as the CACHE Level 2 and Level 3 student books in Child Care and Education, Nelson Thornes offer students a range of supplementary resources. These include ‘A Practical Guide to Activities for Young Children’ (3rd Edition), ‘A Practical Guide to Activities for Older Children’ and ‘A Practical Guide to Child Observation and Assessment’ (3rd Edition). 
A full list of supporting resources can be found online at

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