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Level 2 Diploma for the Early Years Practitioner

Key course information

Early Years


1 year

Full Time

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Course Overview

The early years and education sector is varied and highly rewarding. If you want to work with children in a setting that encourages play, learning and development such as a classroom or nursery, this course is for you! With years of experience working in the sector, your lecturers are subject specialists who will prepare you to apply theory about early childhood development to your own practice. You’ll build your knowledge and confidence in early years subjects, taking your skills to the next level and preparing you to progress onto further study or work. At the end of the course, you could move towards becoming a qualified early years educator, or an apprentice in an early years setting.

What will I learn?

You’ll gain a broad knowledge and understanding of childcare and the principles of early years practice, developing skills relevant for a wide variety of roles in the early years sector. For example, you’ll explore and learn about using children’s play to promote their development. You’ll cover the importance of promoting positive behaviour and language and literacy in early years, honing specific skills in these areas which you’ll demonstrate while on your placement.

Entry Requirements

4 GCSEs at grade D (3) including English and Maths.

All applicants will be screened for fitness to practice and a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check will be made.

You will be interviewed by a member of the lecturing team.

Study, Assessment and Qualifications

This qualification is assessed by a combination of assignments and exams. There are two externally assessed units. The internally set assignments will be varied in format allowing you to show your talents whilst developing and extending other skills.

An Industry Placement is a fundamental part of this course. An Industry Placement gives you the opportunity to gain valuable skills and experience for your future. You will be supported throughout your placement by our dedicated Work Placement Team.

Additional Costs and Information

Students are required to purchase a placement t-shirt.

There is also a recommended course book.

What Could I Do Next?

On completion of your course you may choose to progress onto these following courses

Early Years

Career Opportunities

  • Nursery Manager
  • Teacher
  • Teaching Assistant

  • Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO)
  • Children's Nurse
  • Child Psychologist

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