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Children early years and primary l2

Early Years Practitioner, Diploma Level 2

  • 2

    Level 2

  • Duration
    1 year

  • Start Date
    September 2021

  • Venue
    Ipswich Road

  • Course Code

Start Date

  • September 2021, Full Time


This course will train you to work in a face to face role with children, between birth and 5 years, with knowledge of children up to 7 years.
You will cover topics such as:

  • Contributing to positive relationships
  • Help to keep children safe
  • Support children’s development
  • Use support to develop own practice in children’s care, learning and development
  • Prepare and maintain environments to meet children’s needs
  • Support children’s play and learning.

The course includes 250 hours to be completed at placement, where skills will be evaluated.

Why our college?

Industry standard facilities

At our college you will have access to industry-standard facilities and get to use top of the range equipment. On our campus you’ll find media suites, TV studios, design labs, workshops, hair & beauty salons, working kitchens and a live theatre.

Gain real experiences of work

All of our courses will provide you with outstanding experiences of work and prepare you for your future career. You will work with real employers and customers and build connections.

A unique student experience

This is what really sets us apart. At our college you will experience the freedom to be yourself. Being part of an active Students’ Union, having opportunities to travel and enjoying live entertainment are just a few of the amazing opportunities available to you.

Entry Requirements

4 GCSE's at D/3 including English and Maths. Demonstrate an ability and aptitude for working with children aged 0 to 7 years in any setting. Successfully complete a Disclosure Baring Service (DBS) check.

Good English and Maths skills are essential for many jobs and courses you will progress on to. The Government has made it a priority for students to develop these skills and your course programme will reflect this key aim. Depending on your grades when you start your course you could either study Functional Skills or GCSEs alongside the other parts of your programme of study.


This nationally recognised course can lead directly to a career working in a supervised role in settings or services whose main purpose is children's care, learning and development.


Assessment is carried out via written assignments, presentations etc. and assessment in work placement.


This course, at pass level, provides the underpinning knowledge students will need to progress to the CACHE Certificate in Childcare & Education, which is a Level 3 course. Students could also progress on to an apprenticeship with an employer.

Career Progression

Students could progress into a job such as a nursery assistant, a classroom assistant, or a pre-school assistant.


If you are a UK or home fee status student and aged 16-18 on the 31st August before the start of your course, tuition fees are free. If you are aged 19 and over please contact the Advice Shop. Please check our Finance pages for information on loans, bursaries, fee information and student travel offers that are available.