Early Years Educator - Childcare Qualification

Diploma in Early Learning and Childcare (Early Years Educator)

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Diploma for the Early Years Practitioner

Assessment Requirements

Portfolio of Evidence.

This qualification is internally assessed and internally quality assured by Centre staff and externally quality assured by Innovate Awarding External Quality Advisors (EQAs).

Aims and Objectives of the Qualification

This qualification is aimed at learners who wish to work within an Early Years Setting. It sets out the minimum knowledge, understanding and skills that a level 2 early years practitioner needs to demonstrate to be considered qualified to support young children from birth to 5 years old.

This qualification meets the Early Years Practitioner (EYP) criteria, for the purposes of the staff: child ratios at level 2 in the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).

Entry Guidance

This qualification is suitable for learners aged 16 and over. There are no formal entry requirements needed to undertake this qualification.

Progression Opportunities

Learners who achieve this qualification could progress into employment working with children from 0 to 5 years in roles such as; a nursery practitioner, child minder and preschool assistant.

Learners could progress to further study or training such as:


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