You will study a range of topics which cover a wide range of areas including:

• Understanding children’s development
• Keeping children safe
• Communication with children and adults
• Preparing and maintaining environments for childcare
• Professional development, roles and responsibilities in childcare
• Supporting children’s play and learning 

Standard College entry criteria for a Level 2 Diploma apply. 

You will study six different units on this course, which will give you the skills and knowledge needed to work with children. As part of the course you will spend one and a half days a week on work placement in an early years setting such as a primary school or a day nursery. The aim of the course is to introduce you to the employment area you have chosen and provides a good basis to progress to an advanced course.

This is a practical, work related course. You learn by completing projects and assignments that are based on realistic workplace situations. This course is the same as 4 GCSE grades at Grade 4 or above and is taken as a one year, full time course. 

For each unit you will submit written coursework which will be assessed and graded as Pass, Merit or Distinction. There are no exams for this course. At the end of the year you will achieve an overall Pass, Merit, Distinction or Distinction* grade.

You should talk to our excellent department staff at one of our Open Events to understand the different elements of assessment. 

This course has been designed to support you to progress on to Level 3 qualifications across  a number of sectors, including the early years educator sector, the supporting teaching and learning sector, and the children and young people sector. It also contains significant transferable knowledge for roles within the health and social care sector. 

Do you have any questions?

If there is anything you would still like to know about this course, please don’t hesitate to ask us.