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Early Years Practitioner Diploma Level 2 - Evening


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Course NameStart DateEnd DateSite  
Early Years Practitioner Diploma Level 207/09/202002/07/2021Stephenson College - Coalvillealternate textAvailable for applications

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Will I have to pay fees?

Free Courses

16-18 Students (Age at 31st August)

  • All Full Time Courses

19-23 Students (Age at 31st August)

  • Students studying their first level 2 course
  • Students studying their first level 3 course (Some level 3 courses are not included, so please check with Student Services)
  • Unemployed, looking for work and on an acceptable benefit studying a level 1 or 2 course (see list of benefits below)

24+ Students (Age at 31st August)

  • Unemployed, looking for work and on an acceptable benefit studying a level 1 course (see list of benefits below)
  • Unemployed, looking for work and on an acceptable benefit studying a level 2 course (see list of benefits below)


  • Apprenticeships are free of charge for the learner (you are actually paid a salary!)
  • There is no upper age restriction to enrol onto an Apprenticeship programme, so long as you are 16+ years old.
  • Working hours are usually between 30-40 hours per week which includes your release to College.
  • There may be a fee for the employer willing to support you, but this depends on a few factors.

Please contact 01530 519 001 or if you have any further questions regarding an Apprenticeship programme.

List of benefits

  • Jobseeker's Allowance
  • ESA (WRAG) (Work Related Activity Group)
  • Universal Credit (Must be unemployed and required to undertake skills training)
  • Wider Benefits – see list below

Wider benefits that are acceptable

In all cases the learner must:

  • Be unemployed (i.e. not in any paid employment)
  • Want to enter employment but need skills training to do so
  • Sign the waiver agreement confirming the above
  • Show current proof of the benefit

Attendance Allowance

Bereavement Allowance

Child Benefit

Child Tax Credit

Child's Special Allowance

Council Tax Benefit, administered by local authorities

Disability Living Allowance [Being replaced by Personal Independent Payments] (If paid to learner)

Graduated retirement benefit

Guardian's Allowance

Housing Benefit, administered by local authorities

Income Support

Pensions payable under the Industrial Death Benefit scheme

Reduced Earnings Allowance, see industrial disablement benefit above

Retirement Allowance, see industrial disablement benefit above

War Widow's pension

Widow’s pension

Widowed Parent's Allowance

Working Tax Credit. (If paid to spouse, not the learner)

Reference: Funding Rules Version 2020-21

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More information about this Course

Course Overview
This Qualification is designed for individuals who would like to work with children in day nurseries, schools or playgroups. The qualification will prepare you for understanding the skills needed to care for and educate children between 0 -7 years. The learning experience will be reflective of the current structure and expectations of the childcare sector, and you will have the opportunity to put theory into practice by carrying out relevant activities in a variety of placements with childcare providers. You will also gain the qualification required for progression to the Level 3 Early Years Educator (Technical Diploma)

What Qualifications Or Experience Do I Need?
Candidates need to be sufficiently literate and numerate to support the work of the setting and to also compile a portfolio of evidence. You need to be working for a minimum of 10 hours in an early years setting, in either a paid or voluntary capacity.

How Long Is The Course?

One Year

What Will I Learn?
You will cover: Communication and Supporting Relationships, Equality and Inclusion, Safeguarding, Child Development, Promoting Positive Behaviour, Health and Safety, Partnership Working, Personal Development and optional units of your choice to achieve a minimum of four additional credits.

How Will I Learn?
The underpinning knowledge is delivered in a weekly classroom/workshop session. Candidates are encouraged to develop their knowledge and skills to enable them to work independently. Candidates will also be required to carry out tasks in placement to include observations and assessments, planning and implementing activities.

How Will I Be Assessed?
Assessment will be two-fold and include the marking of your portfolio, professional discussion and also observation of your practice in the workplace.

Where Could This Course Lead To?
Progression routes may lead to the level 3 qualification, although in order to access this you will need to have achieved a GCSE in Maths and English.

Attendance Mode
Part Time - Evening

Course Type
Full Time & Part Time

Subject Area