Level 2 Diploma for the Early Years Educator – September 2020
|Start Date:||07 September 2020|
|Funding information:||Free for Eligible 16-18 year olds. Adult funding available dependant on learner circumstances otherwise course costs apply.|
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.
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
- Supporting Well-being for Healthy Lifestyles
- Physical Activity
- Preparing for School and Purposeful Play Opportunities and Educational Programmes
Four GCSEs at grade D/3 or above (including English and maths) or a relevant Level 2 qualification.
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.
Paige WistowChesterfield College
Level 3 Diploma in Childcare and Education (Early Years Educator)
“For as long as I can remember I’ve had a passion for working with young children. I volunteer at the Beaver Scouts and really enjoy it so I knew I had to come to college to follow my dream career of becoming a teacher. I didn’t know anyone at college so it was a little scary to begin with, but my class were so welcoming that it didn’t take me long to settle in. We’re all really good friends now. College is so much better than school. It’s a lot more chilled; you can pretty much do as you please. During the course we are classroom-based for 3 days a week and we get to go on placement for the other 2 days. We work with babies and young children up to eight years old. My favourite has been the nursery placement; working with kids aged 2-5. I really enjoy teaching the children something new and then seeing them remember it a few days later. The childhood studies tutors are such a great team; they go above and beyond to help all of their students. My tutors have always pushed me to achieve my best and thanks to their help and support I will be leaving college this year with a Level 3 diploma with distinction grades in all of my units! I am now planning on pursuing a career in teaching. I’ve just secured a job as a teaching assistant at a local school, working in the nursery. I’m really enjoying it. Next year I want to come back to college to study the Level 4/5 foundation degree part-time whilst also working in the nursery. I then hope to progress to university to get the qualifications I need to become a teacher.”