Level 2 Early Years Practitioner

Kickstart your career in childcare from home with this Level 2 Early Years Practitioner course. This qualification is perfect for new practitioners looking to begin working in a rewarding career with children in either a nursery setting, preschool, or childminding position. This programme contains the vital knowledge required to deliver quality provision and care for children and young people that meets national standards set in the UK. With two Level 2 certificates, childcare workers will be much more employable in the sector and able to begin progressing in a position within an early years setting.
Level 2 Early Years Practitioner

Additional Information

This qualification has been created to give learners a basic understanding of childcare and education, helping them to make an informed choice about working with children and young people. Combined with our in-depth safeguarding qualification, we have carefully curated the units within this course to focus on childcare in early years settings – perfect for those wanting to work in nursery, preschool, or child minding positions.

Our resources will help you better understand the variety of roles you could play as an early years practitioner, from planning activities to supervising young children. Over the duration of this course, learners will improve their knowledge of how to communicate with and develop relationships with children effectively. You will also look at planning activities and correctly identifying any health and safety concerns. Learners will also gain insight into the importance of play for children’s development and sharing learning experiences within the local community.

This is a knowledge-based course, so classroom experience isn’t necessary to complete the qualification. Assessments are integrated into the programme, so there’s no need to worry about the stress of a final exam. On completion of this course, you will receive the NCFE CACHE Level 2 Certificate Introducing Caring for Children and Young People and the TQUK Level 2 Certificate in Safeguarding, Prevent, and British Values.

In order to gain accreditation and your certificate, the units in this course must be successfully completed in order. Take a look at the units you will be studying below, with an overview of what you can expect to learn in each of them. Worried about distance? Our courses are conducted 100% online with access to online learning content, webinars, and one-on-one support from our tutors. Study entirely online, fitting your coursework around your schedule and commitments.

On successful completion of this course you will receive a Level 2 Certificate in Introducing Caring for Children and Young People and a Level 2 Certificate in Safeguarding, Prevent and British Values

Accredited qualifications in the UK refer to formal educational programmes that are regulated and recognised by relevant authorities.

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Course Syllabus

On completion of this unit, you will:

Know how to respect and value children as individuals.
Understand ways to respect and value children.
Know that children have rights.
On completion of this unit, you will:

Understand the value of play to young children’s development.
Know different play activities suitable for young children from birth to 5 years 11 months.
Understand the role of the adult in providing play for young children.
On completion of this unit, you will:

Understand the importance of creativity and imagination for the development of a child.
Understand the role and importance of games with rules in the development of a child.
Know how to organise a cooking activity for children.
Understand the role of creative activities in enhancing children’s learning and development.
Understand the importance of books and stories in relation to children’s learning and development.
Understand the importance of talking and listening activities in relation to children’s learning and development.
On completion of this unit, you will:

Understand the benefits of craft activities for young children.
Understand health and safety when providing craft activities for young children.
On completion of this unit, you will:

Know how children learn.
Know how to use stories and rhymes with young children.
Understand that the natural world can support children’s learning.
Know how the local community can be used to broaden children’s experiences.
On completion of this unit, you will:

Understand the national and local context of safeguarding and protection from abuse.
Understand the responsibilities of adults to safeguard children and young people.
Know how to recognise potential and actual abuse and harm.
Know how to respond if abuse is disclosed, suspected, or alleged.
Understand ways to reduce the likelihood of abuse.
On completion of this unit, you will:

Understand the Prevent duty and its importance in society.
Understand how extremism, terrorism, and radicalisation can be addressed and combated.
On completion of this unit, you will:

Understand the Prevent duty and its importance in society.
Understand how extremism, terrorism, and radicalisation can be addressed and combated.
On completion of this unit, you will:

Understand what is meant by ‘British Values’.
Understand democracy in relation to British Values.
Understand mutual respect, tolerance, and individual liberty.
Know how to promote British Values in own activities.

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Entry Requirements

Learners should be aged 16 and over, but otherwise, there are no specific entry requirements for this programme.
Learners must have access to a computer, laptop, tablet, or smartphone. (Computer/laptop recommended).
Level 2 equivalent in English is advantageous but not a necessity.

Key Aims of this course

Respecting and Valuing Children
The Value of Play to Young Children
Importance of Play for Early Learning
Craft Activities with Young Children
Sharing Learning Experiences with Children
Principles of Safeguarding
The Prevent Duty and its Importance in Society
The Importance of Online Safety
The Importance of British Values

Suitable for

This qualification is aimed at a range of learners considering working with young children. This includes young people, mature learners, learners with special educational needs, or where English is an additional language. This course has been specially designed for those looking to work in early years settings such as nurseries, preschools, forest schools, or childminding.

NCFE is a national Awarding Organisation as well as a registered educational charity and has a strong heritage in learning, going back over 150 years. 

On completion of this course you will receive the NCFE CACHE Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Safeguard and Prevent (RQF Qualification Number: 603/2818/6). These qualifications are listed on the government regulated qualification website

NCFE accredited qualifications contribute to the success of millions of learners at all levels, bringing them closer to fulfilling their personal goals. Last year alone, over 340,000 learners from over 2,000 colleges, schools and training organisations chose NCFE as the Awarding Organisation to help them move their careers forward.

NCFE is recognised as an Awarding Organisation by the qualification regulators for England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The regulators are the Office of the Qualifications and Examinations Regulator (Ofqual) in England, the Welsh Government in Wales and the Council for Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment (CCEA Regulation) in Northern Ireland.

Safeguarding is vitally important in any role where you’ll be routinely working with children, young people, or vulnerable adults. Having your Safeguarding and Prevent qualification is going to ensure that you know what to do when you’re faced with someone in need. 

Safeguarding in the Workplace

Since you’ll now be able to spot the signs of neglect, abuse, and radicalisation you can apply your knowledge in any role where you’re working with the aforementioned groups, it won’t just be an attractive part of your CV for prospective employers. 

You’ll be able to employ what you’ve learned the most in an educational setting, regardless of the age range you’re going to be working with. Safeguarding and Prevent knowledge is seen as extremely important in the education sector, and will help you to get the position you want since you’ll be going into the application process able to show off your knowledge either on your CV or during your interview(s).

If you’re already working in an environment where safeguarding knowledge is important, such as a school or healthcare setting, the knowledge you gain in our Level 2 Safeguarding course will help you to do your job by making it easier for you to spot safeguarding issues and how you should deal with them. 

Having this knowledge is going to be especially useful if your colleagues are lacking in training, meaning you can stand out and help to deal with the issues you or your team weren’t qualified for beforehand. You won’t just be improving yourself but helping to improve your organisation as a whole. 

Supporting Qualifications

There are a number of supporting qualifications which might be useful when it comes to expanding on the knowledge you’ll gain throughout the course. You might look at taking a qualification in Childcare, Understanding Autism, or Equality and Diversity.

Further Progression

If you’re interested in using your safeguarding knowledge in a learning environment but don’t know where to start, you could look at taking a teaching assistant course and begin a new career in education.

If you’d like to learn more you should take a look at our helpful guide on how to become a teaching assistant. There are a wide range of roles you can take in education to make the most of your Safeguarding and Prevent knowledge from administration to teaching. If you’re looking to get started in a new career and want to see where our courses can take you then explore our career advice for school support jobs. You’ll find out what kind of job in schools that you’re qualified for and what else you’ll need to get into those positions!

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