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Introduction to the course

The aim of this qualification is to provide learners with the knowledge and understanding of babies and young children from birth to seven years of age with applied knowledge and skills 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, which gives you the licence to practice under supervision in this sector.

EYP1 – Roles and responsibilities of the Early Years Practitioner

EYP2 – Health & Safety of babies and young children in the early years

EYP3 – Equality, diversity and inclusive practice in Early Years settings

EYP4 – Safeguarding, protection and welfare of babies and young children in Early Years settings

EYP5 - Understand how to support children’s development

EYP6 – Support care routines for babies and young children

EYP7 – Support the planning and delivery of activities, purposeful play opportunities and educational programmes

EYP8 – Promote play in an Early Years setting

EYP9 – Support well-being of babies and young children for healthy lifestyles

EYP10 – Support babies and young children to be physically active

EYP11 – Support the needs of babies and young children with Special Educational Needs and Disability

EYP12 – Promote positive behaviour in Early Years settings

EYP13 – Partnership working in the early years

EYP14 - Support the needs of the child in preparing for school

To gain this qualification, learners must achieve a total of 37 credits from all 14 mandatory units. Learners will need to be working, volunteering or on practical placement to show competence in both knowledge and skills. We expect our learners to complete 250 placement hours whilst undertaking this qualification.

What do I need?

Learners must be aged 16 or over and although NCFE/CACHE do not set specific entry requirements for the L2 programme, all learners are interviewed and complete the BKSB basic skills test in mathematics and English prior to enrolment to ensure that this is the appropriate programme for them. It is advisable that you have a minimum of L1 in FS English & Maths or hold a GCSE 3 or above in English Language as you will be expected to support children in settings with Numeracy and Literacy as part of your placement experience.

How is the course taught?

There are two main types of learning outcome:

  • Skills that can be performed

  • Knowledge that can be learnt

  • Some of the units that are taught have a combination of both. A wide range of strategies to check learning and ensure that the industry standards required for practice in the Early Years’ sector are fully embedded and will include evidence from
  • written work completed in lessons or at home:

  • NCFE/CACHE assignment tasks

  • targeted questions in lessons

  • group discussion and presentations

  • 1:1 discussion as appropriate

  • reports from work placement providers and internal assessment of professional practice

How will I be assessed?

A wide range of formative and summative assessment methods will be used to check and confirm learning and understanding. Summative assessment is directly linked to the NCFE/CACHE standards which themselves are drawn from the National Occupational Qualifications for Child Development and Wellbeing.

These will include the:

  • written work completed in lessons or at home

  • assignment tasks

  • reports from work placement providers and internal assessors of professional practice

  • targeted questions in lessons

  • group discussion and presentations

  • 1:1 support as appropriate 

What does it lead to?

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.

This qualification allows a learner to count towards the Level 2 ratio as a qualified Level 2 Early Years Practitioner within the Early Years Workforce. Learners may work under supervision in a variety of roles such as:

  • nursery practitioner

  • classroom assistant

  • pre-school practitioner


Course Details

Location Start Date - End Date - Study Mode
Enfield Centre 2 Sep 2019 - 3 Jul 2020 - Daytime

Course Code: DP2MEYP1 / 19DA11Z

Information on course fees

If you are aged 16 - 18:
Courses are free up to Level 3

If you are over 18, fees may apply:
This course is FREE if you fulfil the entry requirements, complete an Eligibility Residency Assessment, and if working, provide a copy of your latest payslip.

Information on how to apply
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Tottenham Centre 2 Sep 2019 - 3 Jul 2020 - Daytime

Course Code: DP2MEYP1 / 19DA11A

Information on course fees

If you are aged 16 - 18:
Courses are free up to Level 3

If you are over 18, fees may apply:
This course is FREE if you fulfil the entry requirements, complete an Eligibility Residency Assessment, and if working, provide a copy of your latest payslip.

Information on how to apply
Apply Now!

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