The level 2 diploma for the Early Years Practitioner is ideal for learners looking to work with children from birth to 5 years. No previous experience of working with children is required to undertake the qualification.

As a Level 2 Early Years Practitioner, you’ll play a vital role in supporting the social and physical development of children ages 0-5, using imaginative learning techniques, encouraging language and literacy skills, and promoting independence along with the way. You will also gain knowledge of working with children up to 7 years.

If you’re interested in a fulfilling and challenging career in childcare, this course is a great starting point. It is a roll on roll off programme so you can start at anytime. The training will take place in your work setting and sessions can be carried out online.

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Units Covered

Support children with special educational needs and disabilities

The role of communication in an early years setting

Support daily routines to meet babies and children's physical care routines

Support the nutrition and hydration of babies and young children

Partnership working in early years settings

The role of the early years practitioner

Support the planning and delivery of activities, purposeful play opportunities and educational programmes

Health and safety of babies and children in early years settings

Equality, diversity and inclusive practice in early years settings

Promote play in an early years setting

Safeguarding, protection and welfare of babies and young children in early years settings

Understand how to support children's development

The Details

Duration: 12 months with an additional 3 months to complete the End Point Assessment (EPA)

Cost: The apprenticeship is set at £4000 with a £200 + VAT employer contribution
Employers employing an Apprentice aged 16-21 years old and employ less than 50 employees will receive full government funding and be exempt from paying the employer contribution. Employers employing an Apprentice aged 16-18 years old will receive a £1,000 government incentive

Classroom Delivery: One to one in the workplace and online sessions can be carried out.

On Programme Delivery

Functional Skills: Both maths and English are required at Level 1 or relevant GSCE results

Qualification: Level 2 Diploma for the Early Years Practitioner

Assessment in the Workplace

Your designated Assessor/Trainer will visit you in the workplace to support the development of your on-programme portfolio and to complete your quarterly reviews. Training can be carried out within the workplace setting and online.

Tracking Your Progress: Our electronic portfolio, OneFile will track your progress

People Involved in Your Apprenticeship

Group Quality Manager: Michelle Pointer

Assessor/Trainer: Stacey Matthias

Gateway: On completion of the on-programme learning, the employer, training provider and learner will confirm that the apprentice is ready for the End Point Assessment

Entry Requirements

No previous qualifications or experience is required

Have a confirmed placement in an early years/preschool setting or reception class for duration of the whole course

Be aged 16 years or above

To have the appropriate of level of literacy and numeracy

Have access to a PC and the internet for the duration of the whole course

To have regular access to a computer

Have a genuine desire to succeed

End Point Assessment (EPA)

EPA assessment is an Observation of Practice and a Professional Discussion.


Grading is an overall pass, must pass both elements in EPA and a distinction is 21/27 of the distinction points in the professional discussion.

Are you interested in the Diploma in Children's Learning and Development?
Please call 01752 348980 or email us using the form below

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