Level 2 Early Years Practitioner

Early Years Practitioners, and other job roles such as nursery nurse and childminders, are highly trained professionals who play a key role in ensuring that young children learn and develop well and are kept healthy and safe. They work in a range of settings including full day care, children’s centres, pre-schools, reception classes and as childminders. They may either be working on their own or supervising others to deliver the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) requirements set by Government for the learning, development and care of children from birth to 5 years old.

An Early Years Practitioner:
  • Plans and delivers activities, purposeful play opportunities, and educational programmes within the ethos of the setting.
  • Works professionally as part of a team, ensuring the welfare and care for children under the guidance and supervision of an Early Years Educator or other suitably qualified professional within the Early Years Workforce.
  • Interacts with parents, children, colleagues, and other wider multi-agency professionals and partners.
  • Supports child-initiated and adult-led activities based on the needs and interests of individual children, supporting development and learning through planned and purposeful play opportunities.
  • Works as part of a team to ensure each child feels safe and secure.
  • Contributes to the observation and assessment of each child.
  • Contributes to the learning experiences and assists with the care needs of individual children under the direction of a more senior member of the team.
  • Has a responsibility for ensuring they recognise when a child is in danger and/or at risk of serious harm or abuse and contributes to the health and safety of the children, staff and others on the premises.

10 months


£1600 or £160 a month

Entry Requirements:

Learners should be at least 16 years old and should have the ability to manage the requirements of the level of the qualification; candidates will be required to undertake the Initial Assessments before confirmation of place on course. Learners must be employed in a suitably Early Years setting for more than 16 hours a week.

Course Content:

To be awarded the NCFE CACHE Level 2 Diploma for the Early Years Practitioner, learners are required to successfully achieve a minimum of 35 credits.

The units are as follows:

  • EYP 1 Roles and responsibilities of the Early Years Practitioner
  • EYP 2 Health and safety of babies and young children in the early years
  • EYP 3 Equality, diversity and inclusive practice in Early Years Settings
  • EYP 4 Safeguarding, protection and welfare of babies and young children in Early Years Settings
  • EYP 5 Understand how to support children’s development
  • EYP 6 Support care routines for babies and young children
  • EYP 7 Support the planning and delivery of activities, purposeful play opportunities and educational programmes
  • EYP 8 Promote play in an Early Years Setting
  • EYP 9 Support well-being of babies and young children for healthy lifestyles
  • EYP 10 Support babies and young children to be physically active
  • EYP 11 Support the needs of babies and young children with Special Educational Needs and Disability
  • EYP 12 Promote positive behaviour in Early Years Settings
  • EYP 13 Partnership working in the early years
  • EYP 14 Support the needs of the child in preparing for school
Progression Opportunities

This qualification enables credits and learning to be transferred from this qualification to the NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Educator providing a direct progression route.

Learners can also 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.

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