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Diploma for the Early Years Practitioner - Level 2

egg-timerFull Time
arrowLevel 2
calendar1 Year
pinLancaster & Morecambe College
Start date: 04/09/2023

This Level 2 course provides you with knowledge and understanding of the play, learning and development of children from birth to seven years of age, with applied knowledge in the early years 0-5 years. Upon course completion you will be awarded with a NCFE Cache Level 2 Diploma for the Early Years Practitioner which is a nationally recognised qualification to allow you to enter the workforce as a qualified Level 2 Early Years Practitioner (which allows you to be counted in the Level 2 ratios) or continue your studies.

During the course you will develop your knowledge and skills in working with babies and children and will need to attend a practical industry placement to be able to demonstrate competence in your knowledge and skills to complete and pass the course. There is a minimum industry placement requirement of 250 hours to be completed over the course.

Course Overview

The course is assessed through a range of methods including assignments and presentations. Knowledge-based criteria are assessed through assessment tasks. Skills-based criteria require you to carry these out in your industry placement and be observed doing these by your tutor / supervisor.

You will study at college 3 days a week and attend work placement for 2 days each week.

The units of study on the course include:

  • Roles and responsibilities of the Early Years Practitioner

  • Health and safety of babies and young children

  • Equality, diversity and inclusive practice

  • Safeguarding, protection and welfare of babies and young children

  • Understand how to support children's development

  • Support care routines for babies and young children

  • Support the planning and delivery of play activities

  • Promote play in an Early Years Setting

  • Support well-being of babies and young children

  • 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

  • Partnership working

  • Support the needs of the child in preparing for school

There will be a requirement to complete some home study.

Industry Links

During the course there will be a programme of enrichment opportunities. You will benefit from inspiring trips and experiences, meetings with industry experts, visits to leading companies in the sector, masterclasses from local employers to name a few.

Progression Routes

Successful completion of this course gives students the option to continue study at college. This may be onto the T Level in Education and Childcare, the T Level Foundation transition course in Education and Childcare, or a Level 3 Apprenticeship course (providing you have met the entry requirements for these courses and your course manager gives you a satisfactory reference for progression)

Alternatively, there are also opportunities to progress into Level 2 positions in nurseries, preschools and reception classes as you will be a licenced Early Years Practitioner. The types of roles you will be qualified for after the Level 2 qualification include Preschool Assistant, Nursery Assistant and Early Years Assistant. Previous students have often progressed onto these pathways with many gaining opportunities for employment/Apprenticeships through their placements.

You can discover all the opportunities available to you by exploring the full list of careers in the industry.

Entry Requirements

The entry requirements for this course are a minimum of 4 GCSEs at grade 3/D. English Language or Maths must be at a grade 3/D. A Level 1 Diploma in childcare, plus grade D/3 or higher in English Language or Maths

You will also need:

  • Enthusiasm for the subject

  • Commitment to study (positive attendance, punctuality and behaviour)

  • To be able to work independently

  • Good interpersonal skills

  • A proven interest and enjoyment in working with children

  • Evidence of practical skills when working with children

  • A satisfactory DBS check

How to Apply

If you would like to apply for this course, please click 'Apply' in the top right, follow the steps, and our Admissions Team will be in touch with you.

For more information, advice and guidance please phone Student & Learning Services on 01524 521385 or 0800 306306 or email

Course code: A30072-A1A