Early Years Practitioner Diploma


The Early Years Practitioner Level 2 Diploma is a 12- month course equivalent to 4-5 GCSEs. The course is 100% assessed by coursework and work-related observations, with assignments to meet criteria.


The Diploma will ideal for those hoping to work with children and young people in an Early Years setting.   

Career Paths

  • Early Years practitioner
  • Pre -school practitioner
  • Childminder practitioner
  • Progression to Early Years Educator
  • Level 3 Diploma

More than just a course

This full -time course comprises of theoretical classroom delivery, including Functional Skills English and Maths, if required and extensive practical workplace (3 days per week) in a variety of early years settings with regular workplace observation assessment.

This is a qualification ideal for individuals with a focussed career ambition. 

Other Units Include

  • Child development from birth to 7 years
  • Safeguarding babies and young children
    in an Early Years setting
  • Supporting health &safety in an Early Years setting
  • Understanding how to support children with special educational needs and / or disabilities
  • Promoting wellbeing in an Early Years setting
  • Working with parents, colleagues, and other professionals

 Unique Features

  • All Trainer / Assessors are industry experience
  • Opportunity to gain real work experience with local employers
  • Development of employability and sector skills
  • Opportunity to improve English and Maths
  • Do not require any previous childcare experience or qualifications

Entry Requirements

GCSE English and Maths Grade C or 4 or above or equivalent Functional Skills Level 2 English and Maths   will be required to gain a licence to practice and / or should you wish progress to the Early Years Educator Level 3 Diploma. Functional Skills English and Maths can be undertaken if required. Good personal skills are essential when working with children and young people.

A satisfactory Enhanced DBS check will be essential. 

“It is great having a mix of time in college and in work. You learn the theory and the hands-on skills that will help gain employment.”