Early Years Practitioner Level 2 Diploma


• You should be at least 16 years old.
• You will need a DBS clearance.
• You must have attended an Advice and Guidance session.

The aim of this qualification is to provide learners with the knowledge and understanding of babies and young children from birth to 7 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.

This qualification is ideal for learners looking to work with children between birth and 5 years, and gain knowledge of working with children up to 7 years. Learners do not need to have previous experience or qualifications in working with children to undertake this qualification. Learners will need to be working, volunteering or on practical placement to show competence in both knowledge and skills. We recommend learners complete 250 placement hours whilst undertaking this qualification. Placement opportunity must allow for skills application with babies and young children which will be sufficient to meet the assessment criteria for the qualification.

Awarding Body: NCFE CACHE

You will complete an e-portfolio of evidence which will hold all assessments completed.

You will be assessed using a variety of methods, such as:

• Assignments
• Observations of you working with children
• Reflective accounts
• Professional discussion

Please note that you will need access to a computer, iPad or tablet to complete your tasks.

Course Length
Approximately 12-15 months.

There will be monthly taught sessions where you will be provided with the underpinning knowledge. You will receive regular individual tutorials with your tutor. You also need to volunteer in an appropriate setting for a minimum of 1 day every week.

Minimum of 80% attendance is required.

What else do I need to know?
There are 14 mandatory units that will need to be completed.

This qualification allows a learner to count towards the Level 2 ratio as a qualified Level 2 Early Years Practitioner across the Early Years Workforce.

You could progress onto:

  • Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Workforce
  • Level 3 Diploma Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools

You may also like to consider our Distance Learning courses.

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