Diploma in Early Years Practitioner



Diploma in Early Years Practitioner - Level 2

Train to become an early years practitioner on this approx. 12 month diploma programme. 

The aim of this qualification is to provide learners with the knowledge and understanding of babies and young children from birth to7 years of age with applied knowledge in the early years, 0-5 years. The qualification content meets the Department for Education’s (DfE) Level 2 full and relevant criteria for a Level 2 Early Years Practitioner in the workforce.

This diploma is ideal for learners looking to work with children between birth and 5 years, and to gain knowledge of working with children up to 7 years. Learners do not need to have previous experience or qualifications in working with children to undertake this qualification.

This diploma is independently funded by the learner or the employer and is not subject to any Government funding or support. It is an alternative option to the Early Years Practitioner Apprenticeship which also meets the DofE requirements for training. 

What is Covered?

You will be taught and assessed on the core foundations of support, care and educational programmes to support babies and young children.  The diploma covers 14 mandatory units and the learner must achieve a total of 37 credits across these. 

Teaching is delivered via monthly zoom sessions, supported with coaching sessions, e-portfolio development, online resources and peer engagement. 

All units will be internally assessed using standard methods, such as professional discussions, workplace evidence, observations & assignments. 

Who is it For?

This qualification is for individuals who want to work in any early years setting including a nursery, school, pre-school or alternative education provision. 

Learners may work under supervision in a variety of roles such as:
• nursery practitioner
• classroom assistant
• pre-school practitioner

This diploma counts towards the Level 2 ratio as a qualified Level 2 Early Years Practitioner across the Early Years Workforce. It allows progression on to the Level 3 Early Years Educator qualifications and other relevant Level 3 qualifications relating to early years and child care.

Learners should be at least 16 years old. There is no requirement for any existing knowledge, but it is the responsibility of the training provider to ensure that the learner has adequate knowledge before entering a placement/workplace.  At Exalt-Training we only provide this qualification to those who are working in an early years setting. 




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