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Childcare Level 2

Programme Description



This qualification is primarily for those working, or seeking to work in regulated childcare settings with families and children under the age of 8 and NHS children’s services for those working with families and children aged 0-19.


Programme Features



This is a part time course and the qualification is workshop and practice-based.

Completion of a minimum 280 placement hours will be required.


Progression & Employment



Completion of the Level 2 Children’s Care, Play, Learning and Development: Practice qualification enables learners to work as a qualified Level 2 childcare worker in a supervised capacity. The qualification could also lead to:

  •  progression to further education,
  •  Level 3 Children’s Care, Play, Learning and Development: Practice,
  •  Level 3 Children’s Care, Play, Learning and Development: Practice and Theory
  •  Level 2/3 Diploma in Playwork
  •  And Level 4 Preparing for Leadership and Management in Children’s Care, Play, Learning and Development.

Programme Content



The qualification will cover the core knowledge and understanding required to work within the Children's Care, Play, Learning and Development sectors. By studying this qualification, learners will:

  • develop their knowledge and understanding of the core principles and values which underpin children's care, play, learning and development practice,
  • understand how legislation, national policies, guidance and frameworks support children’s care, play, learning and development,
  • appreciate factors that impact upon the health, well-being, learning and development of children,
  • consider the roles, responsibilities and accountabilities of early years and childcare workers
  • and understand the purpose of legislation, national policies, procedures and codes of conduct and practice in relation to the safeguarding of children.

Programme Assessment



The core element will be assessed through a series of internally assessed tasks which can be taken throughout the qualification or at its end. There will also be one externally marked multiple choice question paper. 

The practice element will be assessed using a portfolio of evidence that includes observation of practice and internally assessed tasks.


Programme Entry Requirements



No formal entry requirements, however you will need to volunteer or gain employment within a childcare setting.

An enhanced clear DBS will be required.


Additional Costs



The course costs £265.

Enhanced DBS - £44

All learners are required to pay an administration fee of £45 prior to enrolment.

You will need to provide your own stationery and may also incur costs if the department arranges educational visits.