Key Stage 5

Level 2 Certificate in an Introduction to Early Years Education and Care


Why study this course?

The aim of this qualification is to prepare learners to work with children between birth and five years, with knowledge of children up to seven years. This course is a one year programme, two days per week will be spent in college, for the remaining three days you will be allocated a work placement in a foundation setting in a local school setting. Entry requirements are a GCSE grade 2/3 in  Maths and English. You will also be required to undertake a DBS check as you will be working with children. Whilst studying for this programme you will gain the opportunity to resit Maths and English as current guidelines set by the government require staff who have registered for a qualification since 1 September 2014 to have a suitable level 2 literacy and numeracy qualifications to count towards the EYFS staff:child ratios at level 3, in this case being a level 4 in both Maths and English.


What will I study?

During the year you will study several units including the following:

  • Supporting physical routines for children
  • Supporting children’s play
  • Use observation, assessment and planning
  • Support the needs of the child in preparing for school
  • Use legislation relating to health and safety of children
  • Supporting additional needs


How will I be assessed?

Learners must achieve a total of 33 credits: 29 credits from mandatory group A; plus 4 credits from optional group B.

All assignments are marked and graded by your tutors. There will be an element of practically assessed tasks which you will be observed on in a real work setting which we will arrange. There are no examinations for this subject.


Where can it lead?

On completion, learners could progress on to the Level 3 Technical Diploma in Childcare and Education or gain employment as a Nursery assistant or Classroom assistant.

Staff List

Mrs J Armstrong

Course Leader

Miss M Cooke – Faculty Leader

Mrs N Robinson

Miss T Eyre

Exam Board

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