Early Years Practitioner Level 2 Diploma


Early Years Practitioner Level 2 Diploma

About the course

The aim of this qualification is to provide learners with the knowledge and understanding of babies and young children from birth to seven years of age with applied knowledge in the early years, 0–5 years. The qualification content meets the Department for Education’s Level 2 full and relevant criteria for a Level 2 Early Years Practitioner in the workforce.

  • Four GCSEs at grade 3, one of which must be English Language, or a level one vocational qualification (including entry 3 / level 1 functional skills in English and Maths) 
  • Applicants must also have good references, attend an interview and assessment
  • Evidence of two weeks work experience with children under eight 
  • Disclosure or criminal background/police check will be applied for at start of course

As part of your study programme you will be doing functional skills in English and Maths or GCSE English or Maths.


This study programme helps you to gain the skills and the knowledge required to work in a supervised capacity in various childcare settings through theoretical exploration and assessed practical experience. This will include direct observation within the workplace, a portfolio of evidence, written assignments or a task set by NCFE / CACHE.

Upon successful completion of this qualification, learners can enter the workforce as a qualified Level 2 Early Years Practitioner or continue to study for a Level 3 qualification. NCFE/CACHE Technical Level 3 Certificate Childcare qualification or other Level 3 qualifications. 

Course information

Start date
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09 September 2019

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Course level
Level 2
Course code
Start date
End date
34 Weeks
Health, Social and Child Care
Class Type
Full time
Student Type
School Leavers

All full-time courses are FREE to UK and EU residents aged 16-18 on 31 August in their first year of study.

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