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Level 2 Diploma in Early Years Practitioner

During this course, you will gain valuable practical experience in a childcare setting while developing your understanding of the physical development of children and the value of recreational activities.

You will learn the importance of promoting positive behaviour in early years settings, safeguarding and protection and welfare.

When will I start the course and how long will it take?

The course will start in September and will take one year to complete.

This course will take place at our Town Centre Campus, Water Street, St Helens, WA10 1PP.

What will I study?

During this course, you will cover the following:

  • Context, principles and values for children and young people
  • Roles and responsibilities of the early years practitioner
  • Safeguarding, protection and welfare of babies and young children in early years settings
  • Food and nutrition for children and young people
  • Value of play and recreational activity to children and young people
  • Promoting positive behaviour in early years settings
  • Activities for children and young people
  • Physical development of children and young people
  • Preparing for work placement
  • Learning from a work placement
  • Skills for team workers

In addition to the above, your tutor will support you to find and secure a work placement within a childcare environment. You will attend College three days a week and your placement, two days a week.

How is it assessed?

You will be assessed through a combination of assignments, case studies and presentations of work, along with log book entries from placement experience.

Do I need any previous qualifications to start this course?

You should have three GCSEs at grade 3 or above, including English language or maths, plus one GCSE at grade 4 in English language or maths.

Achieving a good standard of English and maths is a key requirement for many jobs, as well as for courses you may wish to progress on to. If you achieve below a grade 4 in your English and/or maths GCSEs at school, you will study it alongside your chosen course when you join us.

You will also need a clear DBS to gain entry to this course. More information will be provided upon receipt of your application.*

*A DBS costs £44 and can be claimed back once you have successfully completed this course.

What are the course fees?

If you are a school leaver, aged 16-18, (under the age of 19 on or before 31st August 2023), you do not pay tuition fees or examination and registration fees and may be eligible for additional support depending on your financial situation. For more information, please visit our dedicated financial support page.

What can I go on to do once I have completed this course?

You could progress directly into employment or on to the level 3 Technical Certificate/Diploma in Childcare and Education (Early Years Educator).

Are you ready to apply?

Are you

ready to apply?

Simply fill in our online form here.

However, if you still have questions in relation to this course and wish to receive further information, please submit your enquiry here.

Ref: Trish Kinsella

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