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Level 2 Diploma for the Early Years Practitioner

The aim of this qualification is to provide students with the knowledge and understanding of babies and young children from birth to seven years of age with applied knowledge in the early years, 0–5 years. The qualification content meets the Department for Education’s (DfE) Level 2 full and relevant criteria for a Level 2 Early Years Practitioner in the workforce. Students will need to complete 250 hours work placement with babies and young children to show competence in both knowledge and skills to meet the assessment criteria for the qualification. This will be supported by our dedicated placement team in the College.

Key Information

  • Course Level

  • Duration

    The Level 2 diploma can normally be completed in one year.

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Units included in the Level 2 diploma:
– 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 well-being 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

We typically require a grade 2 or higher in maths and English to enrol on the Level 2 Diploma.

This qualification allows a student to count towards the Level 2 ratio as a qualified Level 2 Early Years Practitioner within the Early Years Workforce. Students may work under supervision in a variety of roles such as:
– nursery practitioner
– classroom assistant
– pre-school practitioner.

Students are also able to progress onto Level 3 Technical Certificate in Childcare and Education or other relevant Level 3 qualifications.

Financial Support

Depending on your situation, you may be able to access a range of financial support available.

Course Fees


We do not currently have fee information available for this course. Please contact us for further information.


Apply or enquire about this course

Please use the following links to make an application or enquiry about this course.

Apply online Make an enquiry Call 01724 281 111

Information for EU Students

From January 2021, how you apply for a course will change. For more information, read the UK Government's guide for the UK points-based immigration system for EU students (pdf).

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