An Introduction to Early Years Education and Care - Level 2

The aim of this course is to prepare you to work with children between birth and 5 years old, with knowledge of children up to 7 years old.

You could progress on to the Early Years Education and Care (Early Years Educator) - Technical Diploma - Level 3

The programme also includes studying maths and English towards GCSE grade A*-C (new grading system: 9-4) if you do not already have these grades.


What topics/modules are covered?

You will gain the knowledge and understanding across a range of subject areas including:

Theme 1: Introducing the role of the early years practitioner

  • Support physical care routines for children
  • An introduction to the role of the early years practitioner
  • Understand how to work in partnership

Theme 2: Legislation, framework and professional practice

  • Understand legislation relating to the safeguarding, protection and welfare of children

Theme 3: Play, development and learning for school readiness

  • Understand how to plan to meet the needs of the developing child
  • Support the needs of the child in preparing for school
  • Support children’s positive behaviour

Theme 4: Professional development

  • Engage in professional development

All units will be internally assessed using a range of methods. This could include direct observation within the workplace, a portfolio of evidence, written assignments or a task. Some learning outcomes within this course will require assessment in a real work environment (250 placement hours are recommended).

What are the entry requirements?

In order to qualify for this course, you will need at least one of the following:

  • 4 GCSEs at grade G (new grading system: 1) or above


  • A relevant Level 1 qualification


  • Industry related experience

The College will always treat each applicant as an individual. Should you not have or not expect to obtain the grades stated above, or not have relevant industry related experience, the College would still welcome your application for this course as this will enable us to identify whether this course is, in fact, the right course for you or whether another course may be more appropriate.

All course offers will be subject to satisfactory interview and reference.

Please note: To gain access to this course you will need to go through a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. If you have criminal convictions or cautions, please do not be put off from applying for the course. Your acceptance on to the course will depend on the nature of any convictions and will be at the discretion of the College and your placement provider.

What can I do if I complete this course?

Early Years Education and Care (Early Years Educator) - Technical Diploma - Level 3

Career Path

Upon achievement of this qualification, you can progress into various job roles in the statutory, voluntary or private sectors, such as:

  • Nursery assistant
  • Classroom assistant
  • Pre-school assistant

What qualification will I gain?

Level 2 Certificate in An Introduction to Early Years Education and Care.

Start date



1 year.

Where will I be based?

Lifestyle Fitness Building, Hugh Baird College.


Aged 16-18

Aged 19+
There may be fees associated with this course. You may be eligible to have some or all of these fees waived by the College, depending on your individual circumstances. Please call 0151 353 4444 or email with any queries.

Financial Support (all ages)
You may be eligible to receive financial support for course fees, travel and childcare. Please visit our Student Finance page for more information. Please call 0151 353 4444 or email with any queries.



Terms, Conditions and Disclaimer

We reserve the right to make changes and improvements to the provision of courses and other details. There are minimum numbers of students required for each course to run. Should there be insufficient numbers to run a particular course, then every effort will be made to enrol you on a similar, appropriate course.

Last modified on Wednesday, 29 August 2018 09:06

Study Programme

If you are aged 16-19, this qualification will form a substantial part of your study programme. The study programme has been designed to ensure that young people are fully equipped and ready to move on to the world of work or higher level courses. In addition to your main qualification, will you also get the opportunity to undertake relevant and CV bolstering work experience out in your chosen industry. You will also be supported through maths and English qualifications.