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The NCFE Level 2 Certificate for the Children & Young People’s Workforce is perfect if you want to work towards a career as a childminder or within an early learning (Early Years Foundation Stage) environment.

Who is it for? Adult learners who wish to gain the qualification they need to work under supervision in an Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) environment and progress to study at Level 3, where they may gain their full licence
Qualification: NCFE Level 2 Certificate for the Children & Young People's Workforce (Early Learning & Childcare)
Location: Distance Learning
Start date: Ongoing
Duration: 280 recommended study hours - one year's tutorial support

Get qualified for a rewarding career with the Level 2 Certificate for the Children & Young People's Workforce (Early Learning & Childcare)

This level 2 Children & Young People's Workforce (Early Learning & Childcare) course qualification - awarded by the NCFE - is designed as a first step qualification for new practitioners looking to enter the childcare sector, at Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).

The NCFE Level 2 Certificate for the Children & Young People's Workforce will build the knowledge and skills for working with children and young people from birth to 19 years of age specialising in pre-school learning. After completing the course and gaining this industry recognised qualification, you will be in a position to apply for roles assisting in any childcare environment or EYFS early years and childcare settings.

By the end of your training you will have a good understanding of the skills required by childcare professionals, along with a good knowledge of what makes for a thriving environment for the development of children and young people.

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A Children & Young People's Workforce qualification at Level 2 will provide you with a solid understanding of what is required of a practitioner working within the early learning and childcare sector. A qualification at this level will allow you to practise under the supervision of a fully qualified professional, in EYFS settings.

Gaining the NCFE Level 2 Certificate for the Children & Young People's Workforce will qualify you to progress onto higher studies, such as the NCFE Level 3 Diploma for the Children & Young People's Workforce, giving you a licence to practise in an unsupervised role such as a nursery care assistant, play school assistant or childminder.

This NCFE Level 2 course for the Children & Young People's Workforce (Early Learning and Childcare) consists of the following 14 units:

  1. Child and Young Person Development
  2. Contribute to the Support of Child and Young Person Development
  3. Safeguarding the Welfare of Children and Young People
  4. Contribute to Children and Young People’s Health and Safety
  5. Contribute to the Support of Positive Environments for Children and Young People
  6. Understand Partnership Working in Services for Children and Young People
  7. Paediatric Emergency First Aid**
  8. Managing Paediatric Illness and Injury**
  9. Support Children and Young People’s Positive Behaviour
  10. Introduction to Communication in Health, Social Care or Children and Young People’s Settings
  11. Introduction to Personal Development in Health, Social Care or Children and Young People’s Settings
  12. Introduction to Equality and Inclusion in Health, Social Care or Children and Young People’s Settings
  13. Maintain and Support Relationships with Children and Young People
  14. Support Children and Young People with Disabilities and Special Educational Needs.

You will also be required to complete:

  • A 200 hour work placement* in an appropriate childcare setting (nursery, playgroup, crèche, or any other Ofsted registered EYFS childcare setting that provides care and early learning experiences), giving you the chance to demonstrate your competence in a real-world environment.
  • A 12 hour First Aid course** in order to pass the ‘Paediatric First Aid’ and ‘Managing Paediatric Illness and Injury’ units of the course – units 7 and 8.

The NCFE Level 2 Certificate for the Children & Young People’s Workforce is achieved by the assessment of Tutor Marked Assignments (TMAs) and competence demonstrated during the work placement. There is no final exam for this course.

*Students will need to arrange their own work placement directly with an organisation. Full guidance will be given.

** Students will need to arrange the First Aid workshop with an appropriate provider. Advice on providers will be given. This must be a paediatric (and not general) first aid training course. Paediatric First Aid certificates have to be renewed every 3 years. The cost of this workshop is not included in course fees.

Course Snapshot

  • Level 2 qualification, equivalent to GCSE A-C Level
  • Accredited by the awarding body NCFE, approved for England, Wales and Northern Ireland
  • It is essential that students have good written English skills (If English is not your first language you will need to have achieved IELTS 5.5 or equivalent)
  • Students may find it helpful if they have already achieved a relevant Level 1 qualification
  • 35 credits in total, made up of both knowledge and competence units (QCF Qualification number: 500/9720/9)
  • 14 units in total, including 2 First Aid units
  • One core text book: The Level 2 Certificate for the Children and Young People’s Workforce text book
  • Online study guide and support for portfolio of evidence, including set Tutor Marked Assignments
  • Externally moderated by NCFE – this course is assessed via a portfolio of evidence so there is no final exam
  • Approximately 280 recommended study hours, plus 200 hours work experience placement and 12 hour Paediatric First Aid workshop – as this is a distance learning course you are in complete control over how much time you commit to your studies each week
  • Flexible payment options.

What is Included?

  • One year’s unlimited tutorial support
  • 2013 Core course text book: Children and Young People's Workforce (published by Heinemann)
  • 24 hour access to the Home Learning College Virtual Learning Community (VLC)
  • Online course companion: a guide showing how to study the course and navigate all the course elements (VLC, core text, live classes) to achieve success
  • Regular live online classes on unit topics
  • Career management services
  • Optional NUS card - the definitive student discount card with a range of exclusive discounts.

In order to enrol, it is essential that students have good verbal and written English language skills. if English is not your first language, evidence of IELTS 5.5 or equivalent is required. An existing qualification to level 1 and experience of working with children is desirable. Students must also be to confirm that they are able to obtain and attend both a 12 hour Paediatric First Aid workshop and suitable work placement of 200 hours in an early years setting.

Students must also have a valid UK address or be a member of HM Forces to apply and must have access to the internet for the duration of their studies.

Governance surrounding early years learning in Scotland is different to the rest of the UK. Students looking to study in Scotland should check local requirements with their regional council. Ofsted do not regulate childcare establishments in Scotland so the work-placement cannot be completed.

Before you enrol on a Home Learning College Course, please ensure that you have read and understood the pre-requirements below:

  • You have a valid UK address - this course is not available to students outside the UK, except members of HM Forces posted overseas.
  • You are over the age of 18 or have a third party payee for any financial agreement.
  • You have a solid grasp of the English language - minimum IELTS 5.5 or equivalent.
  • You have access to a computer and the Internet throughout your study period.
  • You have basic PC skills in order to navigate our Virtual Learning Campus
  • You are fully committed to your studies.

DBS enhanced disclosure check (England and Wales)

Before you start your placement working with children you will be required to pass a DBS enhanced disclosure check (formerly the CRB check). This is usually organised by your place of work.

Please note that Home Learning College is unable to arrange this check and students must ensure that the proper arrangements are made either personally via an umbrella organisation or via your work placement. Whilst most early years settings will be able to undertake this check, you can make a personal application through an umbrella organisation. For further details visit the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) website. Students in Northern Ireland will require a CHDS. For further details, please visit the Northern Ireland Criminal Records Checks website.

Did you know that one of the most common challenges people face in pursuing education is the cost? That is why Home Learning College has developed the most flexible payment terms of any other UK distance learning provider. You can pay in full immediately or split your course fees over two or three instalments at no extra charge.

Alternatively you can apply for our 12, 18, 24, 36, 48 or 60 months payment plans*. Representative APR 16.9%. These plans are offered by our finance provider Omni Capital, take a look at a representative APR Example. Speak to one of our Course Advisors for further details.

* Exact package varies by course, all credit agreements are subject to you enrolling on a qualifying course with Home Learning College. Any offer of credit will be is subject to your age, status and a credit check. Any Credit Agreement you enter into is provided by Omni Capital Retail Finance, and is governed by their Terms and Conditions. Home Learning College is a broker on behalf of Omni Capital Retail Finance only.

The NCFE Level 2 Certificate for the Children & Young Person’s Workforce (Early Learning and Childcare) is an ideal qualification for those looking to take the first step towards a career as a nursery assistant, crèche worker, playgroup assistant, childminder or nanny.

NCFE is one of the UK’s fastest growing national awarding bodies, designing and awarding nationally recognised qualifications that meet the needs of learners and employers. This online training course qualification has been accredited by the qualifications regulators for England, Wales and Northern Ireland and is approved for the Qualifications & Credit Framework (QCF) in England.

Having successfully gained your final qualification you will be able to apply for supervised roles within Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) settings, such as a supervised nursery assistant, with a salary of up to £16,622* per annum. You can also progress your career in childcare further with our more advanced NCFE Level 3 Diploma for the Children & Young People’s Workforce (Early Learning & Childcare) course, which once qualified, allows you work with children in an unsupervised role. You are advised to check that this qualification is suitable for the career path you wish to follow, prior to enrolling on the course.

*Total Jobs salary checker data 2013

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