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Level 2 Diploma for the Early Years Practitioner


This qualification is aimed at learners who work in the Early Years sector in England.

The aim of this qualification is to provide learners with the knowledge and understanding of babies and young children from birth to seven years of age with applied knowledge in the early years, 0–5 years.

Learners will need to be working, volunteering or on practical placement to show competence in both knowledge and skills. We recommend learners complete 250 placement hours whilst undertaking this qualification. Placement opportunity must allow for sufficient skills application with babies and young children to meet the assessment criteria for the qualification.

The qualification content meets the Department for Education’s (DfE) Level 2 full and relevant criteria for a Level 2 Early Years Practitioner in the workforce.

Upon successful completion of this qualification, learners can enter the workforce as a qualified Level 2 Early Years Practitioner or continue to study for a Level 3 Diploma holding Early Years Educator status.

Level 3 Diploma for the Early Workforce (EYE)

The aim of this qualification is to prepare learners to become Early Years Educators, enabling them to work with children from birth to 5 years and gain knowledge of children aged 5 to 7 years.


Job roles include:

 practitioner in day nurseries
 practitioner in Nursery schools
 practitioner in reception classes in primary schools
 pre-school worker

Upon achievement of this qualification, it is intended that learners will be able to enter the workforce as Early Years Educators.

Level 3 Diploma in Specialist Support for Teaching and Learning in Schools

This qualification provides learners with an in-depth understanding of the knowledge and skills needed when working directly with children and young people in school environments.


It covers all aspects of specialist support including planning, delivering and reviewing assessment strategies to support learning alongside the teacher, bilingual and special needs support and personal development and reflective practice.

It is aimed at learners working in roles that offer specialist support for pupils’ learning in primary, secondary or special schools.

Learners will need to be working or on a practical placement in a school as they need to show competence in both knowledge and skills.

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Level 4 Diploma in Advanced Childcare Practice and Management


This qualification is aimed at all practitioners working in the childcare workforce at Level 3, such as childminders, nursery practitioners, preschool practitioners, out of school/holiday provision workers.


The qualification provides practitioners with the opportunity to upskill, and develop management skills so that they can take on new roles and responsibilities.

Level 5 Diploma in Leadership & Management for the Children & Young People Workforce


The Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management for Children and Young People’s Services qualification provides candidates with the skills and knowledge needed to manage practice and lead others in children and young people’s services. It is appropriate for those employed as managers of settings or groups of settings, deputy managers and management trainees.

This qualification provides an opportunity to upskill existing Managers and Deputies, enabling them to develop management skills in preparation for taking on new roles and responsibilities that benefit the workplace and the service it provides.

Level 4 Diploma in Supporting Teaching and learning

This qualification is aimed at individuals engaged in a teaching assistant or similar educational role
who provide support to learners in an educational environment.

It is a progression route for those who already hold a Level 3 Certificate or Diploma in Supporting
Teaching and Learning, or the equivalent, and who are engaged in Continuing Professional
Development to enhance their career prospects by developing their knowledge, understanding and
the practice of providing teaching and learning support.

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