Childcare Level 2

Start Date
Course Course
Childcare & Education
City Campus

About this Course

This course is designed to give you the knowledge, understanding and practical skills needed for supervised employment in early year settings. It is ideal for learners who would like to work with children and their families, in a variety of different early years settings - for example day care, nursery, out of school care and schools.

Key Units

Key Areas of Study

  • Introducing the role of the early years practitioner
  • Legislation, framework and professional practice
  • Play, development and learning for school readiness
  • Professional development 

Entry Requirements

3 GCSEs grades A*- D / grade 3 or above (or acceptable alternatives), to include:

  • Maths at grade D / 3
  • English Language grade C / 4 (it is essential that learners have this grade before beginning this course, as there will not be an opportunity to study for this alongside the course)
Students will also need to obtain an up to date DBS check before starting the course.


All units will be internally assessed using a range of methods. This could include:

  • Direct observation within the workplace
  • A portfolio of evidence
  • Written assignments/tasks

Some learning outcomes within this qualification will require assessment in a real work environment. 

Where does this Lead

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

Future Opportunities

Learners may decide to enter employment within the early years sector in job roles such as assistants in pre -school, children's centres, day nurseries or nursery schools.

Tell Me More

Will the course suit me?
An ideal person for this course is one who is interested in caring for children. It is an advantage to be a patient person who enjoys helping others and working as part of a team.

Extra Costs

Students are required to obtain a current DBS check, which is currently priced at £52.

Students in financial hardship may be eligible to apply to the Learner Support Fund for assistance with course related expenses. 

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