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Level 2 Diploma for the Early Years Practitioner

Level 2 Diploma for the Early Years Practitioner

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What does this qualification cover?

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.

Who is it suitable for?

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.

You do not need to have previous experience or qualifications in working with children to undertake this qualification.

What are the entry requirements?

Learners must be aged 16 or over.  

How is it assessed?

All units will be internally assessed using a range of methods. Knowledge-based outcomes can be assessed using non–mandatory assessment tasks provided for tutors’ convenience in this specification.

Skills-based outcomes must be achieved with reference to a real work environment and must include direct observation within the workplace.

How many credits are required to complete it?

To gain this qualification, learners must achieve a total of 37 credits from all 14 mandatory units.

How long will it take to complete this qualification?

This qualification will take approximately 6 months to complete.

Do you need to be working to take this qualification?

Learners will need to be working, volunteering, or practical placement to show competence in both knowledge and skills.

You need to complete 250 placement hours whilst undertaking this qualification.

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

What related qualifications can you progress to?

This qualification allows progression on to the Level 3 Early Years Educator qualifications and other relevant Level 3 qualifications relating to early years and child care.

Which type of job roles can you apply for on completion?

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.

Learners may work under supervision in a variety of roles such as:

  • nursery practitioner
  • classroom assistant
  • pre-school practitioner.

Funding criteria

This qualification is funded if you are receiving Universal Credit or you are on a low income of £21,000 per annum.  Also, you must be living in the UK for at least 3 years.

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