TQUK Early Years LV2 Diploma – Early Years Practitioner (RQF)


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    Online Early Years Level 2 Diploma Childcare Course. This fully accredited (Early Years Practitioner course) is the direct replacement for the old NVQ Level 2 and aimed at learners based in mainland England, currently working or volunteering with children from birth to 5 years and also gain knowledge of children 5-7 years old in a variety of settings including Nurseries and Pre-schools. This course meets the minimum Ofsted requirements for employment at Level 2. 

    The early years diploma course prepares learners for employment as Early Years Practitioners in a nursery or preschool. The demand for qualified staff is huge. Land your dream job in Early Years with this qualification. We also offer a Level 2 Teaching Assistant course for those wishing to work with older children in reception or above. 

    This course is also ideal for learners new to the sector or those have already completed the Level 2 certificate for the Children & Young People’s Workforce. Access your course lessons, resources and tutor support through our learning platform The Laser.

    All accessible in one easy place. Study from anywhere, all you need is an internet connection. Enrol online at anytime to suit. We enrol 365 days a year, so learners have compete flexibility to enrol at a time that suits their own circumstances. No set term times!

    Qualification:  Level 2 Diploma (Early Years Practitioner)
    Duration: 1-years support & course access included but complete to suit during this time. 
    Start Date: Anytime – We enrol 365 days a year 
    RQF Accredited: Fully
    Placement: A minimum of 6/7 hours per week is required in a nursery/preschool setting
    Ofsted Accepted: Yes

    This course is fully recognised and accepted by Ofsted and Employers in England and Northern Ireland. 

    We also offer the Lv3 Early Years Educator Diploma course for those already qualified at Lv2

    Course Syllabus

    Learners will complete 9 units of study in total as listed below.

    9 tutor marked assignment to complete

    Understand the role of the early years practitioner

    Understand the role of the early years practitioner
    Understand the role of policies and procedures in a childcare environment
    Understand the role of continuos professional development (CPD)
    Be able to manage own continuos professional development (CPD)

    Health and safety in a childcare setting

    Understand legislation and guidance relating to health and safety in a childcare setting
    Understand the role of risk assessment in a childcare setting
    Understand own role and responsibilities in health and safety related events
    Be able to prevent and control the spread of infection
    Understand how to handle medications safely
    Be able to use safety equipment
    Recognise when a child is unwell or injured
    Be able to support children to take responsibility for their own health, safety and security

    Safeguarding in a childcare setting

    Know the legal requirements relating to the safety of children
    Understand policies and procedures deisnged to protect children
    Understand own role and responsibilities in relation to safeguarding and security
    Know how to recognise when a child is in danger
    Know what action to take to protect a child who may be in danger.

    Understand child development

    Understand the learning process for children
    Know expected patterns of development for children and babies
    Understand external events which can impact upon a child’s development
    Understand the role of other’s in a child’s development

    Communication with children

    Be able to make themselves understood by children
    Be able to use communication to support development and learning
    Understand how to communicate with children who have communication barriers
    Be able to encourage babies and young children to communicate
    Be able to use a range of communication methods to communicate with adults

    Support activities, purposeful play and educational programs

    Understand the statutory framework for babies and young children
    Understand the different types of play and activities
    Be able to create environments conducive to holistic development
    Be able to implement play activities for children
    Understand observation, assessment and planning in the context of children’s play activities
    Be able to observe children involved in play activities
    Support development of babies and children through purposeful play and educational learning

    Supporting children with special educational needs

    Be familiar with guidance relevant to the care and education of children with special educational needs and/or disabilities
    Understand how to work with others when caring for children wth special education needs and/or disabilities
    Contribute to individual care plans for children and babies with educational needs and/or disabilities
    Know what resources are available to support when caring for a child with special educational needs and/or disabilities. 

    Working with others in early years childcare

    Understand the roles and responsibilities of those involved in early years childcare
    Understand the role of family and carers in early years development
    Be able to work cooperatively with others

    Understand the principles of wellbeing in children

    Understand the impact of health and wellbeing on children’s development
    Understand the current dietary guidance for early years
    Promote health and wellbeing in childcare settings
    Promote health and wellbeing in the home
    Be able to carry out respectful care routines

    Entry Requirements

    Students looking to enrol onto this course should meet the following criteria:

    No previous qualifications or experience is required.

    Be based in England and have a confirmed placement voluntary or employed  in a nursery/preschool setting for duration of the whole course. (250 placement hours min) We recommend at least 1 day per week as a minimum (7 hours) The more you do the better ! 

    Due to assessment requirements, if you are located outside of the UK, please contact us before you enrol. 

    Be aged 16 Years or above
    Possess a solid knowledge of the english language
    Have access to a PC and the internet for the duration of the whole course
    Basic computer skills: e.g Word processing, emailing, uploading documents etc
    Have a genuine desire to succeed

    Course Duration

    Online course access and tutor support are provided for 12 months,  all included in the fee. Complete to suit within this time frame.

    Guided Learning Hours (GLH) – 300 Hours
    Total Qualification Time (TQT) – 455 Hours

    On average, learners will complete this course within 9 months. You are able to complete this course at your own pace within the 12 month support period. 

    Assessment & Direct Observation

    Learners will be required to complete a series of tutor marked assignments ( normally 1 after each unit) as they progress through this course. Each assignment will contain a variety of practical task and essay type questions. These assignments are assessed by your tutor to monitor progress. These assignments along with practical evidence uploaded to your learning portal create an ongoing portfolio. You will be provided with constructive feedback to help you in completing each unit to the required standard. 

    The main pieces of evidence for the portfolio could include some or all of the following:

    Assessor observation (We come to you)
    Witness testimony by a suitably qualified individual in your setting.
    Learner product
    Record of oral and written questioning
    Learner and peer reports
    Recognition of prior learning (RPL)

    All students on this course are required to nominate an expert witness from the placement setting.  Your expert witness must be one of the following. 

    Be a qualified teacher with QTS status 
    Be a qualified assessor and hold an A1/D32 or CAVA qualification 
    Be qualified to a minimum of NVQ/Diploma LV2 in Early Years/Childcare with a minimum of 2 years in practice. 

    Important: You will be required to provide a copy of the qualification held by your expert witness as part of the enrolment process. . 

    The use of an Expert Witness (EW) will be determined and agreed by the college assessor and final assessment decisions must be made by the qualified assessor here at UK Open College. 

    Study Method - The Laser

    Learners are able to access their course lessons via our LASER online learning platform.  Access your lessons, complete your assignments and contact your tutor all in one convenient place. 

    As long as you have an internet connection you can access your course 24/7. You are able to access our online platform on the following link Laser Online Learning Platform

    Laser Online Platform


    Each course on the laser follows our unique Laser Lessons formula, and consists of:

    • A filmed tutorial with a professional presenter and accompanying text for those with hearing difficulties
    • Selected reading available in PDF format and also from trusted websites
    • A presentation to give further explanation of a specific topic
    • Good practice example videos, including videos scripted by Laser Systems for Canal Wharf Studios to cover specific criteria
    • An interactive quiz to test knowledge gained
    • Evidence opportunities which allow the learner to produce work towards their course
    • Extended learning materials for those who want to develop their skills and knowledge even further

    A think and challenge activity which asks the learner to put the knowledge they have gained towards a real-life scenario

    See an example of one of our good practice video’s available below on the Laser. 




    Course Induction - Zoom

    As part of the enrolment process for this course, all leaners are required to attend a course induction with one of our friendly assessors. These are normally carried out within 7 days of receiving course access. Inductions are carried out using Zoom and are compulsory for all students registered on this course. You are able to download Zoom totally free of charge here Zoom Induction

    This is a great way of meeting one of our assessors who will introduce you to the functions of our learning platform The Laser and answer any questions you may have before progressing. Inductions are provided on a regular basis at times to suit all. 

    course Induction


    Qualification Awarded

    TQUK Level 2 Diploma – Early Years Practitioner (RQF)

    Qualification ref:  603/5096/9

    Credit value: 43

    This course provides successful students with a fully recognised qualification from TQUK, listed on the RQF (Regulated Qualifications Framework). TQUK is recognised as an awarding organisation by the qualification regulators for England and Northern Ireland, who are: the office of the qualifications and examinations regulator (OFQUAL) in England, examinations and assessment (CCA) in Northern Ireland.

    Please note: This qualification is not recognised in Wales or Scotland.

    Tutors & Support

    All learners have access to a qualified tutor via email for the stated support period. In addition to this you are able to speak to our support team via telephone with any query you may have relating to your course.

    Our tutors and support team have years of experience in delivering online and distance learning courses. If you require help, then we are only a phone call away. 

    Optional Extras

    This course comes with an optional extra

    1-1 tutor sessions:

    For a £30.00 fee, all learners on this course have the option to arrange a 1-1 zoom meeting with their tutor. Here you will have your tutors undivided attention to ask anything you want for a maximum of 30 minutes per session. All we ask is that you let your tutor know in advance what you would like to discuss so they can prepare. This allows you to get the maximum from your session. 

    All sessions can be booked with your tutor at a mutual time to suit. 


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