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Level 2 Early Years Practitioner – Standalone Diploma

This is not an apprenticeship but a standalone diploma which will develop and recognise your skills and knowledge within Early Years at Level 2.

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Course Summary

Subject Area: Childcare
Adult and Community
Location: Offsite
Full Time or Part Time: PT
Level: 2
Number Of Years: 1
Interview Required?: N
Weeks: 52
Start: Flexible
Tuition: £1200

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Course Information for Students

The course is aimed at anyone who is wanting to pursue a career in the Early Years sector and who is over the age of 19.

You need to have a position within an Early Years setting: this can be voluntary but should involve regular hours. Your employer must be informed and supportive of your studies.

You also need a good standard of English, especially communication skills as you will be working with children.

At Level 2, you are required to demonstrate skills, knowledge and understanding in the following areas:

  1. Knowledge of child development
  2. Safeguarding
  3. Health and safety
  4. Wellbeing
  5. Communication
  6. Supporting the planning and delivery of activities, purposeful play opportunities, and educational programmes
  7. Supporting children with special educational needs and disabilities
  8. Own role and development
  9. Working with others – parents, colleagues and other professionals

Classes are on a Tuesday and are mandatory to attend.

Your practical knowledge and skills will be developed at work: this is the reason why you will need regular hours at work to learn all the aspects of becoming an Early Years Practitioner.

You will need a laptop. 

  • Observations
  • Professional discussions
  • Products of work 
  • Questioning 
  • Projects 

You could progress to become an Early Years Educator.

For more information, contact Derby College Group on 0800 0280289 or

Course Information for Employers

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Course Information Last Updated On: August 9, 2022 8:06 am