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Level 2 Diploma for the Early Years Practitioner - Part Time

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Course Description

This qualification is designed to stimulate interest and encourage the learners’ understanding of the skills and knowledge needed to care for young children and provide valuable life skills.

Fees: £995

Start date: Monday 5th September.

Duration: 35 weeks, 3 hours a week..


Level 2 Diploma for the Early Years Practitioner

Entry Requirements

To begin this course, learners are expected to have 4 GCSEs grade D/3 or above to include English and Mathematics. All students are required to achieve GCSE grade C/4 in Maths and English. If the required grade is not reached there are opportunities to study these subjects at college alongside the course to help achieve it. This is a government requirement but also needed by many employers for any number of careers.


All Early Years courses include topics which are integrated with practical lessons or work experience. To complete the award, learners must achieve a set number of units to make the qualification value. On this course, learners must achieve a total of 33 credits, 29 from mandatory group A and 4 credits from optional group B.

Students will be expected to attend college 9-5pm three days a week. To be successful on this course it is essential that you have good attendance and punctuality. You must also be motivated, committed and enthusiastic as you will be expected to develop a range of skills that will celebrate and nurture the potential in all children and young people.

Topics on this course include:

  • Health and well-being
  • Legislation, frameworks and professional practise
  • Play, development and learning for school readiness
  • Professional development
  • Observation, assessment and planning

Work Experience

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 sufficient skills application with babies and young children to meet the assessment criteria for the qualification.


Upon completion of this course, students can move onto the Level 3 CACHE Diploma in an Early Years Education and Care. You could also take up an apprenticeship or move straight into employment, with possible careers including: Primary teaching, early years teacher, early years educator, nanny, childminder, practitioner in day nurseries, nursery schools and primary schools or preschool worker.

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