This qualification is designed to help learners build the knowledge and skills needed when working under supervision with children aged from birth to five years. It covers a diverse range of job roles and occupational areas in children's settings, including Early Years.
You should be at least 16 years of age and working or volunteering in an Early Years setting for at least two days a week. You must also have a DBS check.
The QCF Level 2 Certificate for the Children and Young People's Workforce includes 13 mandatory units and optional units which will be suited to your role in your placement/work.
You will be assessed by your tutor or assessor using a range of methods. These could include direct observation in the workplace, a portfolio of evidence and written assignments.
No specialist equipment is required.
There is a £1,200 cost for the course.
On completion of this qualification, you can progress to the Level 3 Diploma in Early Years Education.
Taking children to see piglets and new-born lambs is all part of a day’s work for nursery practitioner Harli-Marie Richards. Having completed her childcare apprenticeship, Harli-Marie was taken on permanently by Derby College’s Little Explorers nursery at Broomfield Hall campus. Before embarking on her apprenticeship,
Harli-Marie took A-levels but had no interest in university. She spotted the nursery opportunity and hasn’t looked back since. She worked towards an advanced NVQ qualification while undertaking on-the-job training.
It’s a great job and I love the fact that the children are free to enjoy the outdoor space. Little Explorers is special and I can’t imagine any other nursery quite like ours. I definitely see my longterm career in nursery care – and I applied straight away when a permanent role became available at Little Explorers.