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

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.

How to apply for this course

Apply online now to start this course in 2022/23.

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Location Date
111 Canal Street

Start: 5th September 2022

Course code: C029965 / Q029964


Level 2 NCFE Early Years Practitioner Diploma


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.

Additional information

Students aged 16-18 don't have to pay tuition fees.

If you are aged 19 or over you may still be eligible for funding. Check out our Financial Help pages to find out more!

If you are an EU/EEA or Swiss National, please visit our EU Settled Status scheme page for more information.

DBS Check

You will complete a placement in a nursery or a school and in order to do this you will need to have a DBS which shows that you are safe to work with children.

To receive a DBS Certificate, you will need to complete an application (we will help you with this, don’t worry) and you need to provide identification.

You will need two of the following:

  • Passport
  • Birth certificate
  • Full or provisional driving licence

You will also need to provide us with your proof of address that is on a bank statement or a benefit letter with your name on it.

Please do your best to have the ID ready before you start your course.

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