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Early Years Practitioner Diploma Level 2

Practical Vs Theory


Course overview

The aim of this qual­i­fi­ca­tion is to pro­vide you with the knowl­edge and under­stand­ing of babies and young chil­dren from birth to sev­en years of age with applied knowl­edge in the ear­ly years. This qual­i­fi­ca­tions con­tent meets the Depart­ment of Edu­ca­tion’s (DfE) Lev­el 2 full and rel­e­vant cri­te­ria for a Lev­el 2 Ear­ly Years Prac­ti­tion­er in the workforce.


Entry Require­ments

The entry require­ments are 4 GCSEs at grades 3/D or above, includ­ing Eng­lish and maths. 

You will be required to com­plete a min­i­mum of 250 hours work expe­ri­ence to sup­port your stud­ies You will need to have a DBS (Dis­clo­sure and Bar­ring Ser­vice) Cer­tifi­cate with no grounds you are pro­fes­sion­al­ly unsuit­able to under­take pro­fes­sion­al prac­tice or place­ment. We will con­tact you with more details on how to apply for this once you have been offered a place on your course. We will review each appli­ca­tion on a case-by-case basis to ensure you get a place on the course most suit­able for you. One of the ways we do this is through a very effec­tive 6 weeks to suc­cess pro­gramme’ that oper­ates from the first day you start your course. This includes sup­port such as (but not lim­it­ed to):
  • Allow­ing you to change cours­es if you change your mind in the first 6 weeks — sub­ject to availability
  • Mov­ing you between course lev­els if you are find­ing your cur­rent lev­el too easy / too hard — sub­ject to availability
  • Enrolling you auto­mat­i­cal­ly on Maths and Eng­lish GCSE if you have not passed at a grade 4.
  • One-to-one reviews with your aca­d­e­m­ic tutor to ensure you are pro­gress­ing and achiev­ing well

Our course enquiries and admis­sions team are avail­able at enquiries@​stamford.​ac.​uk should you have any fur­ther questions.

Poten­tial Future Career

Pro­gres­sion upon suc­cess­ful com­ple­tion of this qual­i­fi­ca­tion, you can enter the work­force as a qual­i­fied Lev­el 2 Ear­ly Years Prac­ti­tion­er or con­tin­ue to study for a Lev­el 3 Diplo­ma hold­ing Ear­ly Years Edu­ca­tor sta­tus. You may work under super­vi­sion in a vari­ety of roles such as:

  • Nurs­ery Practitioner
  • Class­room Assistant
  • Pre-school Prac­ti­tion­er

Course Con­tent

There are 14 Manda­to­ry Units, these are:

  • Roles and Respon­si­bil­i­ties of the Ear­ly Years Practitioner.
  • Health and Safe­ty of Babies and Young Chil­dren in the Ear­ly Years.
  • Equal­i­ty, Diver­si­ty and Inclu­sive Prac­tice in Ear­ly Years Settings.
  • Safe­guard­ing, Pro­tec­tion and Wel­fare of Babies and Young Chil­dren in Ear­ly Years Settings.
  • Under­stand how to sup­port chil­dren’s development.
  • Sup­port care rou­tines for Babies and Young Children.
  • Sup­port the plan­ning and deliv­ery of activ­i­ties, pur­pose­ful play oppor­tu­ni­ties and edu­ca­tion­al programmes.
  • Pro­mote play in an Ear­ly Years Setting.
  • Sup­port Well-Being of Babies and Young Chil­dren for Healthy Lifestyles.
  • Sup­port Babies and Young Chil­dren to be Phys­i­cal­ly Active.
  • Sup­port the needs of Babies and Young Chil­dren with Spe­cial Edu­ca­tion­al Needs and Disability.
  • Pro­mote Pos­i­tive Behav­iour in Ear­ly Years Settings.
  • Part­ner­ship work­ing in the Ear­ly Years.
  • Sup­port the needs of the child in prepar­ing for school.


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I’m now head­ing to Leeds Beck­ett Uni­ver­si­ty to study Pri­ma­ry Teach­ing as I’ve gained real expe­ri­ences through work place­ments and prac­ti­cal mod­ules to help me find the right career path.

Rhiannon Kersely



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