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BDC Childcare 5 1
Level 2

Early Years Practitioner


1 year


Rush Green Campus


Sept 2024





A Level 2 certificate will mean you're qualified to work with children, so completing this course will give you the option of continuing your studies or finding a job.

You'll learn how to work with children between birth and 11 years of age.

The following areas are covered on this course:

  • Safeguarding,
  • Health & Safety
  • Equality & Diversity
  • Child development
  • Learning about play and theories of early years and education

There are 100 hours of placement time over 35 weeks as part of the course.

You'll have a personal assessor assigned to you to ensure your competency. You'll also get a progress coach to support you through the course.

There is also a short-answer exam paper on this course.

You will spend 2 days on a placement and 3 days in college, plus your study programme of English & maths.

You will need to have GCSE Maths, English Language and two additional subjects at grade 3 (D) or above.

As part of the application process you will also be asked to explain why you want to study this course, so that we can ensure any course offer made aligns to your career goals.

All of our teaching staff have vast industry experience within early years and school environments.

Your placement will improve your skills and prospects for further study and employment.

Successfully completing this course means you can move on to a Level 3 qualification, if you pass the course with a distinction.

Where it can lead to
You could progress to the following courses
Career progression

There are number of routes you can take following successful completion of a course. Further study can include Higher Education courses or a Higher Apprenticeship where you will expand your skills through study whilst earning a wage. Or you may choose to move directly into employment.

Contact our careers team for further guidance.