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 full and relevant criteria for a Level 2 Early Years Practitioner in the workforce.
This qualification is ideal for learners looking to work with children between birth and 5 years, and to gain knowledge of working with children up to 7 years. Learners do not need to have previous experience or qualifications in working with children to undertake this qualification.
You need five GCSEs at grade 3 (D) or above, including a grade 3 (D) in Maths and English.
You will also need to provide evidence of good attendance, punctuality, self-motivation and a positive attitude to study.
You must be willing to provide evidence for an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check which will have to be self-funded. You also need to provide two professional references.
To gain this qualification, learners must achieve a total of 37 credits from all 14 mandatory units.
You will study at College for three days a week and will spend the other two days on work placement within an early years setting.
During your work placement, you will be required to carry out activities and tasks which include child observations, activity plans and reflective diaries.
To support your main programme of study, help your future progression and enhance your life skills, you will also study and develop your maths and English skills.
All units will be internally assessed using a range of methods. Knowledge-based outcomes can be assessed using non–mandatory assessment tasks. Skills-based outcomes must be achieved with reference to a real work environment and must include direct observation within the workplace.
You will need to wear flat shoes and smart trousers to your placement, along with a work placement top that you can buy from the College.
You also need pens, paper and ring folders, and to pay for your DBS check.
From time to time there may also be educational visits which require you to make a payment.
This qualification allows progression to the Level 3 Early Years Educator qualifications and other relevant Level 3 qualifications relating to early years and child care.
This qualification counts towards the ratio for 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
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.