Certificate In An Introduction To Early Years Education And Care Level 2

The aim of this qualification is to prepare you to work with children between birth and five years by developing knowledge of children’s physical, emotional and cognitive behaviour, whilst also providing opportunities to put learning into practice through an extensive work experience placement or through paid employment.


This qualification prepares you to work with children from birth and five years, and includes knowledge of working with children up to seven years.

The following are mandatory units:

• Support physical care routines for children
• An introduction to the role of the early years practitioner
• Understand how to work in partnership
• Understand legislation relating to the safeguarding, protection and welfare of children
• Use legislation relating to the health and safety of children
• Use legislation relating to equality, diversity and inclusive practice
• Understand how to plan to meet the needs of the developing child
• Supporting children’s play
• Support children's play in early years
• Support the needs of the child in preparing for school
• Supporting children's development
• Use observation, assessment and planning
• Support children’s positive behaviour
• Engage in professional development

The qualification also includes four optional units, which can include:
• Healthy lifestyles for children through the provision of food and nutrition
• Healthy lifestyles for children through exercise
• Supporting children with additional needs


You will study in college for three hours per week and must be working/volunteering in an appropriate role for a minimum of six hours per week.

Entry Requirements

Level 1 Literacy qualification (e.g. GCSE grade D or Level 1 Functional Skills).  You must secure a work experience placement or be in paid employment for a minimum of 6 hours per week.


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Assessment Methods

  • Portfolio
  • Workplace observation
  • Assignments


This qualification allows progression on to the Level 3 Early Years Educator qualifications and other Level 3 qualifications relating to childcare.

Upon achievement of this qualification, learners can progress into various job roles in the statutory, voluntary or private sectors, such as:

• Nursery assistant
• Classroom assistant
• Pre-school assistant

Fees & Funding

£1,245 – tuition
£35.00 – e-portfolio
£130.00 – registration

Total – £1,410

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