Early Years Practitioner Level 2

The Early Years Practitioner Level 2 programme is designed to help you build the knowledge and skills needed when working with children and young people from birth to seven years of age. It covers a diverse range of job roles and occupational areas working in children’s environments. Practical work-based training forms a large part of this programme. You will also engage in activities to develop your English, maths and employability skills. Theoretical work includes the modules of study listed below and several optional modules that are not listed.

***Applications for full-time courses to start in September 2022 are open now!***

We want to make sure you have the best chance of securing a place with us. All full-time applications received by 31st of January 2022 will be guaranteed a place at Colchester Institute, subject to you satisfying the published entry requirements. We still accept applications after this date but may not be able to guarantee you a place on your chosen programme.

Application for this course are made by the ‘Apply Online’ buttons located in the menu further down the page.

If you are looking to start, or are a parent/guardian of a learner looking to start in September 2022, then bookings for our popular January Open Events are also open.

January Open Events

Course Content

Early Years Practitioner Level 2 units may include:

  • Supporting physical care routines for children
  • Understanding how to plan to meet the needs of the developing child
  • Supporting children’s play
  • Managing paediatric illness and injury
Entry Requirements
  • 4 GCSEs (9-3) including English Language, or satisfactory results (Merit/Distinction) in a relevant Level 1 qualification
  • An interview.
  • Satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS*) check is also required.

* Please note there is a charge of £44 for a DBS check.

Career Opportunities

Learners can progress to the following job roles:

  • Assistant pre-school workers.
  • Assistants in children’s centres.
  • Assistants in day nurseries, nursery schools and nursery classes in primary schools.
Course Progression

This qualification allows progression onto the Children’s Play, Learning and Development Level 3 programme.

How to make an Application – Watch our video guide!

We have also prepared a step-by-step video guide – please view this video which will guide you through the application process.

Early Years Practitioner Level 2
LevelLevel 2
DurationOne year
Study ModeFull-Time
CampusColchester Campus
Start DateSeptember 2022 - Applications open on 1st October 2021
Fee(s)16-18 year olds: Free
19+: £1,301


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