L2 Diploma for the Early Years Practitioner FT – September 2024

Funding information: Free for Eligible 16-18 year olds. Adult funding available dependant on learner circumstances otherwise course costs apply.
Duration: 1 Year
Attendance: Full-time Provision

Course Overview

The aim of this course is to provide you with the knowledge and understanding of babies and young children from birth to seven years of age.

Upon completion of the course you will be qualified as a Level 2 Early Years Practitioner within the Early Years Workforce and will receive a licence to practice to count towards Level 2 ratios. This means that you may work under supervision in a variety of roles such as a nursery practitioner, a classroom assistant or a pre-school practitioner.

When you complete the course you are also able to progress onto the Level 3 Early Years Educator qualifications. to broaden your options to work in the sector in an unsupervised, higher paid role with greater responsibility.

Course Content

The course covers a wide range of topics that ensure a broad range of knowledge and skills can be developed. Units include:

  • Roles and Responsibilities of the Early Years Practitioner
  • Health and Safety
  • Equality and Diversity and Inclusive Practice
  • Promoting Play
  • Care Routines
  • Safeguarding and Protection and Welfare
  • Supporting Children’s Development
  • Partnership Working
  • Promoting Positive Behaviour
  • SEND
  • Supporting Well-being for Healthy Lifestyles
  • Physical Activity
  • Preparing for School and Purposeful Play Opportunities and Educational Programmes

Entry Requirements

Four GCSEs at grade D/3 or above (including English and maths) or a relevant Level 2 qualification.

Assessment Methods

  • coursework
  • presentations
  • observations


Successful students can progress onto the Level 3 Technical Certificate or Technical Diploma in Childcare and Education, or gain employment working with children and young people.

Case Study

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Paige Wistow

Chesterfield College

Level 3 Diploma in Childcare and Education (Early Years Educator)