Early Years Practitioner Level 2 Diploma

This qualification is ideal for learners looking to work with children between birth and 5 years.

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.

You will study a number of units in order to achieve the total number of unit credits for the qualification.

Examples of areas you will study include:

  • Roles and responsibilities of the Early Years Practitioner
  • Safeguarding, protection and welfare of babies and young children in early years settings
  • Promote play in an early years setting
  • Partnership working in the early years

There are no written exams for this course. Instead you will build an e-portfolio which will include coursework and practical assessments in your voluntary placement.

This qualification can help you to find
paid employment at Level 2 in the Early Years Workforce, working under
supervision in roles such as:

  • Nursery practitioner
  • Pre-school practitioner
  • EYFS classroom assistant

You need to have 4 GCSEs grade 3 or above and English Language at grade 4 OR level 1 qualification with merit grade

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