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

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 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)
Support: 1-years support included 
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

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Course Details

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.

Have a confirmed placement 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 !

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. You will be provided with constructive feedback to help you in completing each unit to the required standard.

Part of your course will require direct observation by a qualified assessor in your placement setting.  

Your expert witness must be suitably qualified to do so as below:

Have a working knowledge of the units for which they are providing expert testimony and hold one of the qualifications below. 

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 LV3 in Early Years/Childcare

Evidence/proof of the (EW) qualifications will be required 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. 

If your setting will allow and you prefer an assessor from the college to visit your setting instead, then this can be arranged at an additional cost. Please contact us for a quote if required. 

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. 

Payments plans - Guaranteed acceptance for UK students only!

Select whether to pay in full upon enrolment or opt to pay a deposit and spread the cost with our Interest free payment plan.  *Guaranteed acceptance for those who meet the following conditions: 

Example: Based on a Max finance agreement of £600

Aged 21 and above (Maximum age 75)
Minimum income of £7,200 PA (£600.00 PCM) 
Permanent resident in the UK for a min of 3 years
Be able to provide 3 years of address history from the UK
Have a UK bank account that accepts direct debits
Hold a valid UK credit or debit card
You are not bankrupt or in an IVA. 

Under 21 – We will require a willing parent, guardian or family member to take out the finance for your studies on your behalf. 

Please note: We do not carry out credit checks if you meet the above criteria. You may be asked for evidence of income. 

Alternative payment plans may be available for those that do not meet these conditons. Please speak to a member of our team who will be happy to assist on 0121 792 3872. 

Applicants choosing the monthly option will be required to complete and sign a financial agreement for the remaining payments.  All payments to be set up via direct debit.  We are only able to set up monthly payments for students resident in the UK. 

Please note: Once a payment plan is set up, you are liable to pay the course fees in full whether you complete the course or not.  Please ensure the monthly repayments are affordable before agreeing to any payment plan offered. 

Why UK Open College?

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*NUS/TOTUM Student cards are only available to students who are studying a fully recognised RQF/QCF course of 120 study hours or more. £14.99 fee per year applies.

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Once log in has been issued or your study pack received at the requested delivery address, you have 14 days to ensure this course meets your needs and requirements. If you are not happy for any reason at all, simply email our accounts department with your request to cancel on [email protected]. We will offer a full refund. No questions asked !

Please note: Any request to cancel outside the 14 days cancellation period will be declined. We will not refund you under any circumstances outside of the legal 14 day cooling off period. If you have agreed student finance and opted to pay monthly, you are legally obliged to pay the balance of your fees once the 14 day period expires.

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