Level 2 Diploma for Early Years Practitioner

Awarding Body: CACHE (Council for Awards in Children’s Care and Education)

Course Summary

The broad purpose of the occupation is to work and interact directly with children on a day-to-day basis supporting the planning of and delivery of activities, purposeful play opportunities and educational programmes within the ethos of the setting.

An EYP works as part of a professional team ensuring the welfare and care for children under the guidance and supervision of an Early Years Educator, teacher, or other suitably qualified professional the Early Years Workforce.

Knowledge, Skills and Behaviours required

In your daily work, an apprentice in this occupation interacts with parents, children, colleagues and wider multi agency professionals and partners such as health visitors, social workers and speech and language therapists. Individuals will undergo all checks as per the EYFS requirements to ensure suitability to work with children.

You will be responsible for supporting child initiated and adult led activities based around the needs and interests of each individual child, supporting children’s learning through planned, purposeful play opportunities and educational programmes, and working as part of a team to ensure each child feels safe and secure.

You will support the observation and assessment of each child and contribute to their learning experiences and assist with the care needs of the individual child such as teeth, skin, hair, feeding, changing nappies and toileting under direction of a more senior member of the team.

You will also work in partnerships with other colleagues, parents and/or carers or other professionals, with support from a more senior member of the team, to meet the individual needs of each child.

You will also have a responsibility for ensuring that you recognise when a child is in danger and/or at risk of serious harm or abuse and contribute to the health and safety of the children, staff, and others on the premises.

Entry requirements

Applicants must be aged 16 or over and should have:

  • Good communication skills
  • A sense of responsibility
  • A warm, caring, patient nature
  • The ability to use 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
  • Maths and English Literature or Language at Grade 2/D or prepared to undertake Functional skills to achieve the grade required.
  • You must be prepared to work towards achieving a Grade 3/C

How long is the course?

12 months plus 3 months End Point Assessment

How will I be assessed?

  • A series of practical assessments
  • A portfolio of evidence over the 12-month duration of the course

At End Point Assessment you will need to complete:

  • Knowledge Test
  • Professional discussion

Who is this course for?

This apprenticeship is ideal for those with an interest in childcare and who wish to gain a Level 2 qualification. It enables you to earn whilst you learn and provides learning opportunities away from a more traditional classroom environment.

Progression and Career Opportunities: Advanced Early Years Educator Level 3 Apprenticeship.

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