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  • Level: 2
  • Study Mode: Part-time
  • Time: Tuesday 9.30 am – 12.30pm
  • Duration: One year
  • Full Fee: £994

Start Dates

September, October 2023

About the course

This course will provide you with a foundational knowledge of childcare in the classroom. Working alongside others from a variety of early year settings learning about the value of play, child development, partnership with parents and building relationships with children. Opportunities to network with others and share good practice of your workplace and take part in college activities developing skills in ICT, English & Maths.

Entry requirements

You must be at least 19 years of age with a good understanding of written and spoken English.

Minimum 16 hours a week volunteering or working in an Early Years setting i.e Nursery, pre-school or reception class

After you have applied a tutor from the Early Years team will contact you to arrange an interview to discuss your options.

How much does it cost?

The fee for this course is £994

This course is free if you meet any one of the criteria below:

  • In receipt of benefits
  • Earns less than £20,319
  • First full level 2 qualification (Aged 19-23 only)

Contact Us or call 01279 868100 to get the most up-to-date info on fees and the financial support that may be available.

Who is it suitable for?

You do not need to be in paid employment but you should be volunteering in an early years setting for approximately 16 hours per week in a supervised assisting role. No experience necessary.

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Why study?

Opportunities to network with others and share good practice of your workplace and take part in College activities developing skills in ICT, English & Maths.

Where will this course take me?

Learners may be able to progress to the NCFE/CACHE Level 3 Diploma Early Years Educator, or alternatively progress onto an Apprenticeship. If wanting to move into working as a Level 2 Practitioner in a nursery, preschool or primary school.

Core modules

  • Child development
  • Safeguarding
  • Equality & Diversity
  • Communication & building relationships
  • Health & Safety
  • Working in Partnership
  • Promoting positive behaviour


  • Language, Literacy & Communication
  • Supporting children at meal times

How will I be assessed?

The Diploma is assessed by a designated expert assessor who will carry out task observations and visit you at work. You will be required to produce a diploma portfolio recording all tasks completed which will be assessed. Other assessment methods include: Reflective accounts of work practice, oral questioning, work products.

Will I have to provide anything?

You will need to provide stationery, folder, A4 lined paper, plastic sleeves and dividers. Recommended reading: Your tutor will inform you of this.

You are responsible for applying for your own Disclosure & Barring Service checks with your employer.

I'm interested. What should I do now?

Call 01279 868100 and talk to an Admissions Adviser
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