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Level 2 Diploma for the Early Years Practitioner

If you have ambitions of a career working with young children, then this course may be ideal for you. It prepares learners to work with children between birth and five years with knowledge of children up to seven years.
You will be providing assignments to demonstrate your knowledge and understanding; presentations; role play and you will be assessed in the workplace. You must attend a work placement where observations and activities take place for a minimum of 250 hours. This course will also reflect on your professional practice and identify how you can develop and improve using actioning planning and setting targets. You will also study: Understanding how to plan to meet the needs of the developing child, use legislation relating to equality, diversity and inclusive practice, understand how to work in partnership, and supporting children's development.

Entry Requirements

Four GCSEs at grade 3 or above, including English and Maths.
An interest and motivated to study this course and to work with children.
You will be required to complete a DBS which is clear to enable you to start your work experience within the first 6 weeks of college.

What do I need to bring?

Folder, paper, pens

Assessment/Exam information

Assessment is in the form of written assignments, presentations, professional discussions, direct observations and a portfolio of evidence

Other information

Swindon College offers a friendly and relaxed learning atmosphere with highly qualified staff delivering a successful course.

There is a structured tutorial support system and students have access to many learning facilities that the College offers, including access to the internet.

What can I do next?

You may like to consider a Level 3 Early Years course, an apprenticeships or employment.

Qualification description

NCFE Cache Level 2 Certificate in an Introduction to Early Years Education and Care. You will be required to achieve 33 credits , a mininum of 250 work placement hours and assessment will be through a range of methods. Duration of course is 1 year and grade outcome is Pass.

Course information & how to apply

Length Start Date End Date Course Fees Course Code
36 weeks per year 02 Sep 2019 26 Jun 2020 Tuition fee: £1,300.00
16-18 do not pay Tuition, Exams or Materials Fees
Course Fees apply to each year of the course, with the exception of Level 3 courses.
UCAS/UKPASS Code: Not Applicable
Study type: Full Time
Hours per week: 30.00
Study days: FT COURSE

Any extra costs

Students aged 19+ will pay tuition fees and material costs.

There may be some supplementary costs for equipment, books, course trips and visits.

Financial assistance may be available to cover these costs, please ask a member of staff in our Student Finance office or call 01793 491591 for more information.

Please be aware course fees are subject to change and may vary due to cost increase from suppliers and number of enrolments.

How to apply

If you wish to apply for this course, please click on the 'Apply now' button at the bottom of this page.
Alternatively, you can contact Student Services at:
Swindon College, North Star Avenue, Swindon, SN2 1DY.
Tel. 01793 491591 or email