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Early Years Practitioner (Level 2 NCFE Certificate) - Full-time

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Course outline

This course is perfect if you want to work in a nursery, or other Early Years setting with children from birth to 5 years, and gain knowledge of working with children up to 7 years.

You’ll learn skills that will support you in your future career working with children. This will include learning about supporting children’s development, the importance of play, health and safety, and equality, diversity and inclusive practice. You’ll also get an introduction to supporting care routines and how to support positive behaviour.

You can expect practical learning, in real Early Years settings such as day nurseries, school foundation units and play groups. Learning from our experienced teaching staff, as well as alongside professionals already working in the sector, will give you a real insight and a head start when taking the next step in your career. You will complete work experience placements (two days a week), which will be assessed continuously.

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Location Date
Location to be confirmed
Due to the COVID-19 crisis this course will start at another college campus and may move to the City Hub later in the year.

Start: 7th September 2020

Course code: C029965 / Q029964


Level 2 NCFE Early Years Practitioner Certificate


1 year

Level Level 2
Entry requirements

You’ll need 4 GCSEs at grades 9–3 (A*–D), including English Language and Maths – one of English Language or Maths must be grade 9–4 (A*–C). Functional Skills Level 1 can be used as equivalent to GCSE grade 3 (D) and Functional Skills Level 2 can be used as equivalent to GCSE grade 4 (C) or above.


Choose to follow with a Level 3 Certificate in Childcare and Education or an Early Years/supporting teaching and learning apprenticeship with Nottingham College. You may also choose to start a career as a Level 2 Early Years practitioner in a nursery, Children’s Centre, play group or primary school.

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