. Level 2 Certificate for the Children and Young People's Workforce - First Avenue Training - Childcare Training in the Community

Level 2 Diploma for the Early Years Practitioner

Course Information

The aim of this qualification is 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.

Upon successful completion of this qualification learners can enter the workforce as a qualified Level 2 Early Years Practitioner or continue to study for a Level 3 Diploma holding Early Years Educator status.

Experience in the workplace

Learners will need to be working, volunteering or on practical placement to show competence in both knowledge and skills. We recommend learners complete 250 placement hours whilst undertaking this qualification.
Placement opportunity must allow for skills application with babies and young children sufficient to meet the assessment criteria for the qualification.
This qualification is ideal for learners looking to work with children between birth and 5 years, and gain knowledge of working with children up to 7 years. Learners do not need to have previous experience or qualifications in working with children to undertake this qualification.

Qualification structure

Learners must achieve:

The Course Content

This course will require you to show your practice, knowledge and understanding of developing and promoting relationships with children and adults, communicating with children and adults, establishing and maintaining a healthy, safe and secure environment for children and developing your own practice. Learning and assessment will generally take place in the workplace but where additional underpinning knowledge is required, attendance at some “one to one” or classroom seminars may be required. Unit certification can be claimed for all achieved units.


All units are internally assessed. Assessment enables the learner's workplace practice to provide evidence for individual units as well as the whole qualification. Methods of assessment could include:

The qualification is "pass or refer" and all the assessment criteria of the chosen units must be achieved in order to obtain a pass. The candidate is supported and assessed through one to one support by a qualified and experienced tutor. Observations are done in the workplace by the tutor and knowledge evidence is gathered through questioning and other supporting evidence. The candidate should be prepared to do set work to build a portfolio of evidence for this diploma.


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