Pearson BTEC Level 2 Diploma for Early Years Practitioners

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This newly introduced Level 2 apprenticeship framework issued for teaching in September 2019 allows all successful learners the opportunity to be recognised within childcare ratios. The aim of this qualification is to give learners knowledge and understanding of babies and young children from birth to seven years of age with applied knowledge in the early years, birth–5 years.

This qualification meets the Department for Education (DfE) Level 2 criteria that set out the knowledge, understanding and skills that a practitioner must demonstrate to achieve an Early Years Practitioner (Level 2) qualification and be considered as qualified to support young children aged from birth to five in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).

On completion of the qualification, learners can be counted towards the statutory framework for the EYFS staff: child ratio at Level 2.

The Pearson BTEC Level 2 Diploma for Early Years Practitioners is for learners who are employed in, or who are interested in working in, the early years settings in the role of Early Years Practitioner.

The qualification gives learners the opportunity to:

  • develop the fundamental technical skills and underpinning knowledge and understanding required to become competent in the job role; for details of the units included in this qualification
  • develop appropriate professional attitudes and behaviours that will support personal success in their job role and the long-term success of their organisation
  • develop a range of interpersonal and intrapersonal skills to support progression to, and success in, further study and career advancement
  • achieve a nationally recognised Level 2 qualification
  • demonstrate the behaviours expected of all Early Years Practitioners carrying out their role.

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Entry Requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this qualification, however learners are expected to have at least basic literacy and numeracy skills on which the Apprenticeship will build. FW Solutions require initial assessments in Math’s and English to be completed by each learner. This is to assess the level of all applicants.

Method of Assessment

Apprenticeship qualifications are delivered in the workplace. You will be allocated a personal Teaching and Learning Coordinator and will be given access to our on-line study area where you will find all your learning materials. Your Teaching and Learning Coordinator will provide you with personal tutorial support and assessment at pre-arranged times. Assessment is through a variety of methods including observations in the workplace, witness testimonies, product evidence, professional discussions, assignments and project/case studies. All evidence will be logged to your electronic portfolio of evidence.

Progression Routes

Learners who achieve the Pearson BTEC Level 2 Diploma for Early Years Practitioners can progress to working as a practitioner confirming competency in the job role stated on the previous page. In the longer term, learners can progress to Early Years Educator roles and other relevant Level 3 qualifications.

Learners can progress to either the Pearson Edexcel Level 3 Diploma in Children’s Learning and Development (Early Years Educator) as an apprentice or to the Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Children’s Play, Learning and Development (Early Years Educator) in order to progress to higher education.

Apprenticeship Framework

12 Months
Pearson BTEC Level 2 Diploma for Early Years Practitioners
258 Guided Learning Hours 38 Credits
Functional Skills Level 1 English 500/8700/9
45 Guided Learning Hours
Functional Skills Level 1 Maths 500/8906/7
45 Guided Learning Hours
Functional Skills Level 1 ICT 500/9468/3
45 Guided Learning Hours
Employment Rights and Responsibilities 501/1589/3
Pearson Edexcel Award in ERR 501/1589/3 3 Credits