Level 2 Diploma in Childcare: Early Years Practitioner

What work tasks would a Level 2 Childcare Apprentice complete?

- Contribute to the observation, assessment and planning processes of the setting
- Support children who are experiencing transitions
- Contribute to and implement Health and Safety within workplace
- Develop a positive environment that is inclusive and meets children’s individual needs
- Work effectively and in partnership with colleagues,  parents  and other agencies
- Reflect on practice within own role
- Support children to learn and develop within their early years through purposeful play and stimulation
- Safeguard children
- Develop, maintain and support relationships between children and others
- Support positive behaviour and respond to inappropriate behaviour

What are the entry requirements?

Candidates must be aged 16 or over and should:
- A warm, caring, patient nature
- Good communication skills
- A sense of responsibility
- The ability to use their initiative and think on their feet
- Ambition and drive
- Passion for the role
- A sense of humour
- Good levels of physical fitness
- Creative ideas
- An awareness of safety and hygiene
- The ability to work in a team

What is the duration of the course?

A Level 2 Apprenticeship in Childcare takes approximately 12-15 months to complete (Depending on the individual candidate)

How can I progress in Childcare?

After completing your Level 2, you can progress onto the Early Years Educator qualification (Level 3) which is equivalent to 2 A-Level passes. Once you have completed your Level 3, there are then opportunities to progress onto higher Apprenticeships (Level 4) or the Foundation Degree in Early Childhood Studies (Level 4 & Level 5).

What Qualifications will I gain?

1. The Level 2 Diploma -  Early Years Practitioner

2. Employment Rights and Responsibilities (ERR):
Employment Rights and Responsibilities cover legislation and other key policies you need to know and understand, relevant to your job role.

3. Functional Skills in English, Maths and ICT Level 1:
Functional Skills are qualifications in Maths, English and ICT that equip learners with the practical skills needed to learn, live and work successfully.

4. PLTS (Personal, Learning and Thinking Skills):
These are generic skills that are essential to life, learning and work. There are 6 PLTS:
- Independent Enquirers 
- Creative Thinkers 
- Reflective Learners 
- Team Workers
- Self-managers 
- Effective Participators

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