About this Course
This City and Guilds Level 2 Diploma for the Early Years Practitioner (Early Years Educator) course is ideal for candidates currently in or moving into an early years setting as an early years practitioner. This course will meet your DfE requirements for Child; Staff ratios and meet EYFS guidelines for early years educators.
This course is completed online on our online portal over the duration of just 9 – 12 months. Throughout the duration of this Level 2 Early Years Educator Course, you will be assessed via; written assignments, work products, observation, professional discussion, and verbal questions and answers.
On completion, you will be awarded the City and Guilds Level 2 Diploma for the Early Years Practitioner (Early Years Educator) (RQF), which is accepted by Ofsted and will meet full EYFS requirements.
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Why take this course?
On completion of this City and Guilds Level 2 Diploma for the Early Years Practitioner (Early Years Educator) course, candidates will be able to work as an early years practitioner in a Nursery, Crèche or Day Care centre. Candidates will be compliant and hold a relevant EYFS qualification.
City and Guilds Level 2 Diploma for the Early Years Practitioner (Early Years Educator) (RQF) is regulated Ofqual, Accredited by City and Guilds and Accepted by major regulatory bodies such as Ofsted and the DfE.
There are no formal entry requirements for this course, however, candidates should have a job secured as an early years practitioner in a nursery or childcare setting and should be at least 16 years of age to begin this Level 2 Early Years Practitioner Course.
Why work as an Early Years Practitioner?
Working in a nursery or childcare setting as an early year’s practitioner carries many great benefits. You will be making a difference to the children’s education and setting the foundation stage for their future education by helping them reach their potential during their early years. As a practitioner in a childcare setting, you will first need to complete this EYFS Course. You will then be able to work as a practitioner for early years ages 0-5 and have the opportunity to progress into an early years educator role after gaining some experience.
This Level 2 Diploma for Early Years Practitioners can be completed in just 6 – 9 months, however, candidates will have a total of 12 months should they wish to pace themselves.
The course is completed as a distance learning course based on our online learning portal. You can complete your online childcare course whenever and wherever you like, as long as you have an internet connection.
Throughout your journey, your assessor will be available to support you on your course over the phone, by email and by our messing system. All our assessors have years of experience working in early years settings and have a full understanding of EYFS.
Where can I find course units?
Unit 201: Exploring roles and development opportunities in early years settings
- Understand own role and development opportunities in early years settings
- Be able to reflect on personal development in early years settings
Unit 202: Child development from birth to 7 years
- Understand principles of child development and learning
- Be able to support babies and young children with transitions
- Understand how to support positive behaviour in early years settings
Unit 203: Safeguarding babies and young children in early years settings
- Understand safeguarding relating to early years settings
Unit 204: Supporting health and safety in early years settings
- Understand health and safety relating to early years settings
- Be able to follow health and safety procedures in early years settings
Unit 205: Promoting wellbeing in early years settings
- Understand principles of wellbeing relating to babies and young children in early years settings
- Be able to support wellbeing for babies and/or young children in early years settings
Unit 206: Supporting effective communication in early years settings
- Understand communication needs
- Be able to communicate effectively in early years settings
Unit 207: Supporting activities, purposeful play and educational programmes
- Understand how to support the planning of activities and assessment in early years settings
- Be able to demonstrate inclusive practice in supporting play and the delivery of activities in early years settings
Unit 208: Understand how to support children with special educational needs and/or disabilities
- Understand support required by babies/children with special educational needs and/or disabilities
Unit 209: Working with parents, colleagues and other professionals in early years settings
- Understand how to work with others in early years settings
- Be able to develop positive working relationships with parents and other professionals in early years settings
- Understand how partnership working contributes to children’s wellbeing during transition to school
To achieve the Level 2 Diploma for the Early Years Practitioner (England), candidates must achieve 9 mandatory units shown above.
How it works?
After your purchase, you will receive login information to begin your online course registration. Once logged in to your account, you will complete a quick 10-step enrolment progress consisting of initial assessments, skill checks and a telephone induction before you are allocated an assessor to begin your course.
Starting the course
Your assessor will issue you with your first assessment plan, detailing the units and criteria that you need to complete, which format to complete them in and where to find additional information if needed. You can find your assessment plan, progress bar and all the work you need to complete quickly and easily from your course dashboard.
When you have completed a written assignment, you can upload your written work to your online course within just 2 clicks from logging on to your online account. Your assessor will mark your work and give you feedback which will be displayed on your course page and emailed to you for ease of reference
Getting Help From time to time, you might need a little bit of help, which is why we have a ‘live chat’ button on your learning portal for you to use at any time between 9 am and 6 pm Mon - Fri. You also have a messaging button that can be accessed from your dashboard to quickly message your assessor, IQA or administration staff.
Once you have completed your course, your assessor will need to finalise your course work before sending it to our IQA, this usually takes a week or two as they may need to revisit all the work you have completed. The IQA will sample your work once the assessor submits it to them, and from that point, your certificate should be claimed within 2-4 weeks.
Staff Qualifications and Ratios
For anyone who has a level 2 early years qualification that they attained after 1st September 2019, provided that this meets the level 2 relevant and full criteria, they can be counted towards the staff to child ratio at level 2.
For a staff member who has a level 3 qualification from 1st September 2014, provided they meet the full level 3 relevant criteria, they can also be counted towards the EYFS staff to child ratio at level 3.
For those staff members who have a qualification in early years at the level of four or five (completed as part of a level 6 course) if that four or five level qualification is not listed as meeting the relevant and full criteria, they will not be able to be part of the EYFS staff to child ratio at level 3.
The DfE has a list of qualifications which meet their criteria allowing the holder of that qualification to count as part of the staff to child ratio according to the regulations set down by the EYFS. If you are not sure whether your qualification qualifies you to work in the early years setting then you can check this early years qualification list:
How do I log into my course?
Approximately 15 minutes after purchase, you will receive your login details (Please check Spam folder) by email, including a link and instructions to log into your course. You can also find your learning portal by clicking on the ‘student login’ button on our website or by clicking here; lms.thelearningstation.co.uk.
When will I have my induction?
You will get a call to arrange your induction within days of completing the enrolment process. the induction will go through your chosen course, advise on suitability, Help you choose your optional units, and pathways, explain what is expected from your work, provide training on the use of our system and answer any questions that you have. The Induction will take place over the phone.
When will my work get marked?
You can expect any work submitted to be marked within 14 days marking and feedback may take longer if you submit more than 3 assignments in a month.
Are there any classes or learning materials?
All our courses are delivered online so no Classroom learning, We have some learning resources but as our qualifications are vocational and work-based courses, you are expected to conduct research and gain skills, knowledge and understanding from your working environment. Your assessor will provide you with assessment plans, which may include guidance and materials, as well as provide constructive feedback on the work that you complete.
When will I hear from my tutor/assessor?
Your assessor will provide you with assessment plans with work to complete, as well as their contact information. They will not reach out to you if you are not doing your work, you need to get in touch if you are having trouble with your assignments.
Your assessor should respond to any messages from you within just 3-working days, but it is usually sooner. If you have sent your assessor a message and you haven’t heard back from them, please let us know by
How will I be Assessed
This qualification requires an assessment of both competence and knowledge. Throughout your City and Guilds Level 2 Diploma for the Early Years Practitioner (Early Years Educator) course, you will be assessed through a variety of methods:
- Written assignments and coursework
- Having a manager or colleague complete a witness testimony of tasks completed in a workplace
- Direct observations of you carrying out work-related tasks
- Professional discussions over the phone
- Supplying us with work product evidence.
When will I get my certificate?
On completion of your course, there are steps that we must take to quality assure your qualification to then send to the awarding organisation.
- The Assessor must review your work in full before submitting it to our IQA, this usually takes around 2 weeks.
- The IQA will review any requests within 1-months, but this is usually sooner. If there are actions on your portfolio it will be sent to the assessor for them to complete, and then these steps will be repeated.
- Once the IQA has quality checked and approved your portfolio for external sampling by the awarding body, the office will submit the claim for your certificate within 5 working days.
- The awarding body will usually issue a certificate within 2-weeks from this point; however, they may request sampling of your work, in which case it can be up to one month.
The usual duration is 1-2 months from completion.
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