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Vocational & T Level

Working with Children in Early Years & Primary Settings Certificate Level 2

Subject Area
Early Years & Education
Start Date
September 2024
Study Mode
1 Year
Level 2

The course is aimed at students who have an interest in working with children in early years and primary settings. It has been designed to support development of knowledge, understanding and skills when caring for and supporting the learning and development of children aged 0–11 years 11 months.

Entry requirements

A minimum of 3 subjects at grade 3 ideally including English and Maths.

In addition students should have a good attendance record and complete a successful Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check prior to starting the course, for which there will be a charge.

What will I study?

The qualification is made up of 6 units which include:

  • Child Development from Birth to 11 years and 11 months
  • Play and Learning
  • Exploring Legislation
  • The Role of the Childcare Practitioner
  • Nutrition
  • Physical Development and Physical Activity

Additional costs
Prior to starting the course students are required to complete a successful Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS), for which there will be a charge. A York College placement top will also need to be purchased.

Method of delivery

There will be a one-day placement setting. Allocation of this placement day will be given out prior to starting the course. You will also need to complete a Professional Skills Record, which will be carried out in a placement setting of 120 hours of real work experience.

All classes are taught in College, however there will be opportunities to take part in trips which are related to the units taught.

How will I be assessed?

All units for this qualification will be internally assessed using a portfolio of evidence. Students will also be required to complete a professional Skills Record in both an early years and a primary school setting.

Good course combinations

This is a full-time course. It is not possible to combine this course with other Vocational, Apprenticeship or A Level programmes.

Your next steps

This qualification has been designed to allow progression to Level 3 qualifications within the areas of Early Years, Children and Young People, and Supporting Teaching and Learning. Students can also progress to employment in roles such as Nursery Assistant, Classroom Assistant and Pre-School Assistant.

Hayley Working with Children Level 2

“I chose this course because I have always wanted to work with children. I like focussing on one subject area and really like the balance between the practical and coursework parts. This course will give me a good background to working with children so that I can then go on to an apprenticeship or the next level course.”

Working with Children in Early Years & Primary Settings Certificate Level 2
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