We are still accepting applications for September 2020 starts.

Our campuses remain closed for the foreseeable future 

Easter Closure and return to study

The College will be closed from Saturday 4th April to Tuesday 14th April (inclusive), there will be no work set for classroom based courses over this normal 2 week holiday period, however we will be returning to remote working on Wednesday 15th April for staff to continue to prepare online learning and resources.

UCC students and Apprentices will return to their online remote learning on Monday 20th April.

Further Education students will return to online remote learning on Wednesday 22nd April. This delay is to allow teaching staff to prepare materials for the next few weeks of online learning on Monday 20th and Tuesday 21st April.

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.

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

Minimum of 4 GCSEs (grades A*-E/9-3), usually including English Language, or satisfactory results in a relevant Level 1 qualification (Merit/Distinction), and an interview. A 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.

Early Years Practitioner Level 2
LevelLevel 2
DurationOne year
Study ModeFull-Time
CampusColchester Institute
Start DateSeptember 2020
Fee(s)16-18 year olds: Free
19+: £845


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The course information describes programmes offered by Colchester Institute. The College takes all reasonable steps to provide courses as described, but cannot guarantee provision. The information is for guidance and does not form any part of a contract.

The College reserves the right to update and amend information as and when necessary. Colchester Institute will do its best to provide the courses shown, but may have to modify or withdraw a course depending on customer demand and other factors.