Level 2

Early Years (Childcare) Level 2 Transition

Duration Age Group Study Start Available Locations
Southend Campus
Duration Age Group Study Start Available Locations
Southend Campus


The Level 2 Certificate in Working with Children in Early Years and Primary Settings covers a range of key subject areas that provide learners with the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to care for and educate children aged between 0 and 11 years 11 months old.

Entry Requirements

  • GCSEs x 2 at grade 3 in MATHS and ENGLISH

  • Successful attendance at interview event

Course Structure

  • Working with babies, children, young people and families in care and education
  • Values, beliefs and behaviours for working in childcare
  • Communicating for effective practice in childcare
  • Working safely in childcare
  • Supporting health and healthy living in childcare
  • Principles and theories of human growth and development
  • Developing resilience for working in childcare

Assessment & Feedback

  • Coursework
  • Assignments
  • 120-150 hours work placement (one day per week)

In addition, you will need to complete:

  • A Professional Skills Record:This will be compiled over a minimum of 120 hours of placement in a real work environment and will be assessed by the supervisor and Centre assessor at the early years and primary school settings (a DBS will be required). This Professional Skills Record will be graded Pass or Refer
  • A synoptic short answer examination: This will be undertaken at the end of the qualification. It will be externally set and assessed, and will be graded Pass, Merit or Distinction. All units, the Professional Skills Record and the short answer examination grades will be combined to give an overall graded result of Pass, Merit or Distinction. Full achievement of the qualification will not be possible until all components are complete.

Course Cost

School Leavers, full_time:

FREE to UK under 19s not in employment

What Next...

This qualification may support progression into a range of job roles in the statutory, voluntary or private sectors, such as:

  • Nursery assistant 
  • Classroom assistant
  • Pre-school assistant
  • Go on to study the Level 3 Early Years Care and Education Early Years Educator