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Early Years

The Level 2 Certificate for the Children and Young People's Workforce is for learners who work in, or who want to work in, this vocational area in England.

  • This qualification covers the age range from birth to 19 years
  • requires the learner to spend time in a real work environment
  • confirms competence under supervision, where appropriate.

The qualification gives learners the opportunity to:

  • develop and demonstrate competence in working as part of the children and
  • young people's workforce in roles such as assistants in children's centres, day
  • nurseries, nursery schools and nursery classes, nursery nurses, care workers
  • and registered childminders
  • develop technical skills and knowledge and understanding related to the specified job roles
  • have existing skills recognised
  • achieve a nationally-recognised Level 2 qualification
  • develop their own personal growth and engagement in learning
  • Entry Requirements, Units, Assessment and more...

    Entry Requirements

    Secured a placement and have a current DBS GCSE English Grade 3

    Assessment Method

    All units for this qualification will be internally assessed using a variety of methods. In addition, learners will be required to achieve a minimum of a pass grade for a synoptic short answer examination and a synoptic extended written assignment, both of which will be externally set and externally assessed.

    Methods used include: Formative/ summative questioning Written Self -reflection Professional discussion Peer assessment Group work, both written and verbal Observation Presentation Role play

    Aims of the course

    This qualification is ideal for learners wanting to develop their knowledge and understanding in areas such as the role of the childcare practitioner, human development, relevant legislation and frameworks, and play and learning or a related sector through a mixture of external and internal assessments. Learners will learn key studies and theories childcare will be required to demonstrate their knowledge through application to real life scenarios as well as case studies.

    Progression Opportunities


    Children and Young People's Workforce or Early Years Educator programme of study, which leads to vocationally related employment in early years and childcare with a licence to practice

    Health and Social Care programme of study at level 3

    Supporting Teaching and Learning or Play work

    Children's Play, Learning and Development

    Teaching assistance programme of study.


    Classrooms Computer suite Guest speakers Off-site visits Workshops Lessons Independent studies Placement

    Career Options

    Learners who achieve this qualification can progress on to the required qualification at Level 3 or above (for all new practitioners) for registration and regulatory requirements in the sector, such as the Level 3 Diploma for the Children and Young People's Workforce. The qualification will provide progression to the early learning and childcare, social care and learning development and support services workforces. Potential job roles for learners working towards this qualification include:

    ? assistant in children's centre, day nurseries, nursery schools and nursery classes ? assistant playgroup worker ? care worker ? nursery nurse ? registered childminder ? registered nanny ? youth and community worker

Course Details

Venue Southwark
Day/Eve Day
Mode Full Time
Duration 1 year
Start Date 07/09/2020
End Date 02/07/2021


For up-to-date information about tuition fees, living costs and financial support, visit Fees and Finance.

16-18 Free
19-24 £ 811 p/year
24+ £811 p/year
International £9,000 p/year

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