This qualification is aimed at learners who wish to work within an Early Years Setting. It sets out the minimum knowledge, understanding and skills that a level 2 early years practitioner needs to demonstrate to be considered qualified to support young children from birth to 5 years old.

This qualification meets the Early Years Practitioner (EYP) criteria, for the purposes of the staff: child ratios at level 2 in the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).

This qualification is suitable for learners aged 16 and over.

A total of 35 credits are needed for this qualification to be achieved.

There are no formal entry requirements for this qualification.

You complete seven mandatory units at level 2:

  • Development of Children within an Early Years Setting
  • Wellbeing of Children within an Early Years Setting
  • Health and Safety for Children in an Early Years Setting
  • Protection of Children in an Early Years Setting
  • Support the Planning and Delivery of Activities, Purposeful Play Opportunities and Educational Programmes
  • Continuing Professional Development within an Early Years Setting
  • Partnership Working within an Early Years Setting

You also choose optional units from a range to suit your career plans.

The qualification is run on an e-portfolio system and over a maximum 12-18 months. It is possible to complete the award in a shorter timeframe. However, this will be dependent on your own commitment to the course.

Assessment Method

  • All learners will be appointed an Assessor who will support and guide you through the qualification.
  • The qualification requires evidence through both knowledge and understanding and competence.
  • All learners will be required to complete the knowledge evidence by working through the assessment plans on an e-portfolio and completing various tasks, such as workbooks, reflective accounts, assignments, or quizzes.
  • The units require that you reflect on the work you do and provide evidence of your own role and responsibility, throughout, covering best practice, ways of working and legislation. The ‘HOW’, ‘WHY’, ‘WHEN’ and ‘WHERE’. This will help develop your own understanding of the sector and build your Continual Professional Development (CPD).
  • Your competence will be evidenced through observation. This takes place within the workplace and usually entails your Assessor shadowing you for a period which must be agreed in advance. Other assessment methods may include recognition of prior learning, witness testimonies from managers or colleagues, questioning or professional discussions.

Progression Opportunities

Learners who achieve this qualification could progress into employment working with children from 0 to 5 years in roles such as a nursery practitioner, child minder and preschool assistant.

Learners could progress to further study or training such as:

Level 3 Diploma in Early Learning and CHildcare (Early Years Educator)

Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Health and social Care and Children and Young People’s Services

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Click on the link below to view the full specification for the qualification:

Following the announcement that the EYFS framework is changing from September 2021, the Level 2 Diploma in Early Years Practitioner has been reviewed and made the relevant changes in line with the amends provided by the Department of Education. Please see the supporting document which highlights all the changes made within this current version of the specification.

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