Level 2 Diploma for the Early Years Practitioner

Children and Young People Course

Course: Level 2 Diploma for the Early Years Practitioner

Duration: 12 – 15 months

Attendance: Monthly sessions in the workplace or at GHQ Training weekly

Funding: Self funded

  • Overview

    This qualification is designed 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 (DfE) Level 2 full and relevant criteria for a Level 2 Early Years Practitioner in the workforce. It will provide progression to the Early Years Educator workforce at level 3.


    To gain this qualification, learners must achieve a total of 37 credits from all 14 mandatory units.

    Mandatory units:

    • Roles and responsibilities of the Early Years Practitioner
    • Health and safety of babies and young children in the early years
    • Equality, diversity and inclusive practice in Early Years Settings
    • Safeguarding, protection and welfare of babies and young children in Early Years Settings
    • Understand how to support children’s development
    • Support care routines for babies and young Children
    • Support the planning and delivery of activities, purposeful play opportunities and educational programmes
    • Promote play in an Early Years Setting
    • Support well-being of babies and young children for healthy lifestyles
    • Support babies and young children to be physically active
    • Support the needs of babies and young children with Special Educational Needs and Disability
    • Promote positive behaviour in Early Years Settings
    • Support the needs of the child in preparing for school partnership working in the early years

    Placement Requirements

    For a voluntary placement a minimum of 16 hours is required.
    Placement opportunity must allow for skills application with babies and young children sufficient to meet the assessment criteria for the qualification.

    Course Duration

    Approximately 12 – 15 months to achieve all parts of the framework depending on individual circumstances.


    Monthly sessions in the workplace or at GHQ Training weekly to be arranged on an individual basis.


    You will be assessed on the units above by creating a portfolio of evidence to demonstrate your knowledge and competency. These assessments could include observations of work practices, written assignments, reflective practice and professional discussion.

    • Privately funded at a cost of £2,225 +VAT


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