Level 2 Diploma for the Early Years Practitioner

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Course Fee: £760 + £190 (20% VAT) = £950

Funding available based on criteria, please enquire for more information.

This is an opportunity to get paid whilst working towards a recognised qualification. This programme provides the knowledge and skills required to work in a childcare setting at an assistant level.

It allows the learner to gain technical knowledge and real practical experience, along with functional and personal skills, required for their job and future career with children and young people.

This course will help you develop your skills as an Early Years Practitioner. As part of your qualification you will gain experience in a range of early years settings, where you will be visited by our assessors who will carry out observations to show you have gained the skills required.

Learners will spend time within a childcare setting gaining the practical experience required to work with children and young people. Learners will be assessed at their setting and will also complete written tasks to demonstrate their competence. Learners will be supported throughout the course by your assessor through an online learning environment.

You will need:

  • To be aged 19 or older
  • Ideally, you will have a Level 1 qualification in a related subject
  • Enhanced DBS Check – we are able to advise you on how to apply for this, but you must pay for this in advance of work placements

All applicants must have an interview to confirm that the course is suitable for them.

Learners may work under supervision in a variety of roles such as:

  • Nursery practitioner
  • Classroom assistant
  • Pre-school practitioner

The completion of the Level 2 allows you to progress onto Level 3 Early Years Educator Childcare Diploma you have gained further experience.

You may work under supervision in a variety of roles such as:

  • Nursery practitioner
  • Classroom assistant
  • Pre-school practitioner

Study Hours

The guided learning hours to read and understand all your course materials on this course is 293 hrs.

Study Method

This qualification sets out understanding and skills that a practitioner must demonstrate to achieve an Early Years Practitioner (Level 2) qualification and be considered as qualified to support young children aged from birth to five in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).


How are you assessed?

Your progress is assessed over the course of 14 units of study. Each unit provides tasks and assignments carefully designed to aid your knowledge-based learning. Skills-based outcomes must be achieved with reference to a real work environment and must include direct observation within the workplace.

Topics covered can include:

  • Roles and responsibilities of the early years practitioner
  • Health and safety of babies and young children in the early years
  • Equality, diversity and inclusive practice in early years settings
  • Safeguarding, protection and welfare of babies and young children in early years settings
  • Understand how to support children’s development
  • Support care routines for babies and young children
  • Support the planning and delivery of activities, purposeful play opportunities and educational programmes
  • Promote play in an early years setting
  • Support wellbeing of babies and young children for healthy lifestyles
  • Support babies and young children to be physically active
  • Support the needs of babies and young children with Special Educational Needs and Disability
  • Promote positive behaviour in early years settings
  • Partnership working in the early years
  • Support the needs of the child in preparing for school

Do you need to be working to take the qualification?

Learners will need to be working, volunteering or on a practical placement to show competence in both knowledge and skills. Learners are recommended to complete 250 placement hours in a childcare setting to gain the relevant skills-based experience.

This course is delivered via online distance learning. So you will have time to obtain your placement hours during your course.

During your placement, observation by an assessor or qualified teacher is required. Your learner journey will be tracked with an Evidence Record and Record of Assessment Cycle form.

Assessors and Internal Quality Assurance

We will assign an Assessor and Internal Quality Assurer, but you can assign a member of Staff involved in the assessment and internal quality assurance of this qualification. They must be able to demonstrate that they have (or are working towards) the relevant occupational knowledge and/or occupational competence, at the same level or higher than the units being assessed and internally quality assured. This may be gained through experience and/or qualifications.

To enrol on this course, please go to our pre-enrolment page and complete the form.  After a chat with one of our advisors, they will then send you out enrolments details.  Alternately if you are ready to start now.

Please complete the enrolment form before making payment.

Payment can also be made by visiting our online shop.


Level 2 Diploma for the Early Years Practitioner



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