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Level 2 Diploma for the Early Years Practioner prepares learners to work with children between birth and 5 years, with knowledge of children up to 7 years.

This is the start of your journey in becoming an Early Years Educator. If you are interested in working with children in the early years, then this level 2 qualification will support your development into the childcare sector.

Career Destinations

This qualification is for those working or volunteering in a school environment and want to gain a nationally recognised qualification. It is suitable for those working in roles supporting pupils learning including:

  • Teaching assistants
  • Learning support assistants
  • Special educational needs assistants

What can I do next?

On completion of this qualification you will be able to progress on to the Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Workforce or gain employment as a:

  • Nursery Assistant
  • Pre-School Assistant.

What will I be doing?

Through attending College one evening per week, you will undertake units relating to the following mandatory themes

  • Introducing the role of the early years practitioner
  • Legislation, frameworks and professional practice
  • Play, development and learning for school readiness
  • Professional development

Optional units include:

  • Supporting healthy lifestyles for children through the provision of food and nutrition
  • Support healthy lifestyles for children through exercise
  • Support creative play

Added Extras

You will be assigned your own personal Assessor who will support you with gathering evidence to support the assessment of your work.

How will I be assessed?

To gain this qualification you will need to achieve a Pass in ALL units. Full achievement of this qualification will not be attained until all components are complete

All units will be internally assessed using a range of methods including direct observation within the workplace, a portfolio of evidence, written assignments or a task we have set.

You will need to show competence in a 'real work' environment.

Entry requirements

Learners will need to be working, volunteering or on a practical placement as an important part of the assessment process involves evaluating skills in real working situations. 250 placement hours are recommended in settings for children aged 0-5yrs

You must have a paid or voluntary role in an early years setting for at least 10 hours a week.

If you'd like help understanding our entry requirements, give our Information Team a call on 01992 411411.

What do I need to bring?

You may want to purchase the course book ' Certificate In An Introduction To Early Years Education And Care (Qcf) '

Fee Information

The fee for this course is £889.00

If you are aged 19-23 you may also be entitled to free training if the course you choose is your first full Level 2 or Level 3 qualification. You may also be required to pay an administration fee, exam fees, kit fee and an Awarding Body Registration fee if applicable.

For these costs please contact our Information Centre on 01992 411411 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

These fees are indicative of the 2021-22 costs and may be subject to change


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