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Early Years Practitioner Diploma Level 2

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Course overview

The aim of this qualification is to provide you with the knowledge and understanding of babies and young children from birth to seven years of age with applied knowledge in the early years. This qualifications content meets the Department of Education’s (DfE) Level 2 full and relevant criteria for a Level 2 Early Years Practitioner in the workforce.


What Does The Programme Include

You will learn through a wide variety of learning methods including written assessment, professional discussion, presentations and group and practical activties.

Entry Requirements

4 GCSEs at grades 3/​D or above, including English and maths.

Worried about your grades?

We will review each application on a case-by-case basis to ensure you get a place on the course most suitable for you.

One of the ways we do this is through a very effective 6 weeks to success programme’ that operates from the first day you start your course. This includes support such as (but not limited to):

  • Allowing you to change courses if you change your mind in the first 6 weeks
  • Moving you between course levels if you are finding your current level too easy /​too hard
  • Incorporating English and maths GCSE resits in to your timetable if you don’t meet the grades you need
  • One-to-one reviews with your academic tutor to ensure you are progressing and achieving well

Our course enquiries and admissions team are available remotely throughout this unprecedented period. They can be contacted at enquiries@​stamford.​ac.​uk should you have any further questions.

How The Course Will Be Assessed

The majority of the assessment is completed through on-going assessment.

Additional Information

You will be required to complete a minimum of 250 hours work experience to support your studies.

You will need to have a DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) Certificate with no grounds that you are professionally unsuitable to undertake professional practice or placement’.

Application of a DBS is managed by the College and we will contact you with the forms and guidance you require to complete this before you are due to start your course.

Potential Future Career

Progression upon successful completion of this qualification, you 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. You may work under supervision in a variety of roles such as:

  • Nursery Practitioner
  • Classroom Assistant
  • Pre-school Practitioner

Course Content

There are 14 Mandatory Units, these are:

  • Roles and Responsibilities of the Early Years Practitioner.
  • Health and Safety of Babies and Young Children in the Early Years.
  • Equality, Diversity and Inclusive Practice in Early Years Settings.
  • Safeguarding, Protection and Welfare of Babies and Young Children in Early Years Settings.
  • Understand how to support children’s development.
  • Support care routines for Babies and Young Children.
  • Support the planning and delivery of activities, purposeful play opportunities and educational programmes.
  • Promote play in an Early Years Setting.
  • Support Well-Being of Babies and Young Children for Healthy Lifestyles.
  • Support Babies and Young Children to be Physically Active.
  • Support the needs of Babies and Young Children with Special Educational Needs and Disability.
  • Promote Positive Behaviour in Early Years Settings.
  • Partnership working in the Early Years.
  • Support the needs of the child in preparing for school.


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Real work placements on the course help prepare you for the real world and have helped me gain the experience I needed to secure an offer to study a Degree in Primary Education.

Stacey Hibbins



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