Level 2 Early Years Education and Care

Level 2 Early Years Education and Care


Childcare and Education


This course is for students who want to work with children from birth through to early primary age. It provides you with the high standard of training you need to begin working under supervision, with young children in a variety of early years settings such as nurseries, playgroups and schools. You will learn about children's holistic development, and many practical skills that are needed to support their care and education. Practical placements are key.


  • An introduction to the role of the early years practitioner
  • Supporting children's development
  • Physical care routines for children
  • Safeguarding
  • Protection and welfare of children
  • Equality, diversity and inclusive practice
  • Understand how to plan to meet the needs of the developing child
  • Healthy lifestyles for children

Entry Requirements

Entry requirements are 4 GCSE at Grade D/3 or above or a relevant Level 1 qualification.


You will require stationery equipment, uniform, which is to be worn whilst in a practical child care placement, and text books.

Next Steps

Successful completion of the course would enable the learner to apply for CACHE Level 3 Early Years Educator qualifications and other Level 3 qualifications relating to child care (subject to Maths and English grades) or gain employment in a supervised role. Possible job roles include Nursery Assistant, Pre-school Assistant or Classroom Assistant in the private, statutory or voluntary sector.

Mode of Study


Course Features

Level 2

Full Time





Courses are free for 16-18 who have not studied higher than GCSE's. Even if you have studied a different course at college or sixth form we may still be able to help. Speak to the admissions team for more information. There maybe free or reduced costs for adults, contact the admissions team to see if you are eligible.

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