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Level: 2

Location: Other

Years: 2

Weeks: 78


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Tuition (£): 0.00*
Full Concession: (0 Tuition/Exam Fee) available dependant on eligibility – A Full Concession is not applicable to a full-cost course

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Course Summary

This Level 2 qualification is ideal for anyone who is looking to work with children aged between birth and five years. It will give you knowledge and skills in working with children up to seven years of age.

Alongside your Early Years practitioner qualification, you will study Employment Rights and Responsibilities and will complete Level 1 Maths, IT and English - and prepare to sit Level 2 - unless you already have grade 4-9 at GCSE.

Throughout the apprenticeship, you will use an e-portfolio system and keep a reflection diary. 

Entry requirements

You must be over 16 and have a good standard of English .You should have secured an apprenticeship with an employer. The College can give you support in finding an employer or you could look on the apprenticeship vacancies website.

Course Content


  • Knowledge of child development
  • Safeguarding
  • Health and safety
  • Wellbeing
  • Communication
  • Support the planning of and deliver activities, purposeful play opportunities and educational programmes
  • Support children with special educational needs and disabilities
  • Own role and development
  • Working with others – parents, colleagues and other professionals

How will I be assessed?

You will be allocated an assessor who will support you throughout the apprenticeship. Assessment is in the form of:

  • observation
  • questions
  • products of work
  • professional discussions

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

The only costs involve attending College on a Tuesday if applicable.

You will need a laptop to access your e-portfolio.

What can I do after this course?

Further Study 

You could progress to a Level 3 qualification.



  • Childminder
  • Nursery worker



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* Tuition - This figure is the fee to be paid if you are not entitled to any concessions.
*** Co-Tuition - This figure is the fee to be paid if you are entitled to any partial concessions.

Harli-Marie Richards

Harli-Marie Richards

Exploring the rewards of a childcare career

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.


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