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Level 2 Apprenticeship in Early Years

This course is ideal for those employed within the early year’s sector as nursery assistants, pre-school assistants and those new to early years in pre-schools or playgroups, day nurseries, crèches, after school clubs and similar settings that implement the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).
The Certificate is part of the Qualification Credit Framework (QCF). Each unit within the qualification has a credit value, learners must gain a minimum of 35 credits to achieve the level 2 Certificate for CYPW. These credits are achieved through 11 mandatory units and your choice of optional units relevant to your work role.
The Mandatory Units are:
• Introduction to Communication
• Introduction to Personal Development
• Introduction to Equality and Inclusion
• Child and Young Person Development
• Contribute to the support of Child and Young person Development
• Safeguarding the Welfare of Children and Young People
• Contribute to Children & Young People’s Health and Safety
 • Support Children & Young People’s Positive Behaviour
 • Contribute to the Support of Positive Environments
• Understand Partnership Working in Services 
• Maintain and Support Relationships with Children and Young People

Entry Requirements

The Apprenticeship is open to those aged 16+ who are employed in a suitable role and hold GCSEs (or equivalent) at grade D in English and Maths. Applicants who do not meet this criteria will be considered on an individual basis. You will also need to have the interest, enthusiasm and willingness to work hard.

What do I need to bring?

Some courses may require additional course materials for further information please, contact the Apprenticeship Team on 01793 498208 or email on 01793 498208 or email

Assessment/Exam information

The majority of assessment for this competence based qualification will take place in the workplace under real work conditions, using observations by a qualified assessor and or professional discussions, work products, witness testimony etc. All the identified assessment criteria must be evidenced and a holistic approach to assessment is encouraged.

Other information

• Employment Rights and Responsibilities (ERR)
• Functional Skills in English (Level 1)
• Functional Skills in Maths (Level 1)
• Functional Skills in ICT (Level 1)
• Personal Learning & Thinking Skills (PLTS)

This course is based at North Star where you will receive expert tuition from well qualified and experienced staff. Also, a Training Coordinator will support you throughout your training, through regular work based review meetings.

As a member of Swindon College apprentices will be able to benefit from the range of services and facilities it has to offer, such as:
• Library and Learning Resource Centre
• Student Enrichment Centre
• The Restaurant
• Sports Therapy Clinic
• Osteopathy Clinic
• Little Stars Nursery
• Counselling
• Beauty Therapy Salon
• Hairdressing Salon

What can I do next?

Upon completion of the Level 2 Apprenticeship a student may apply to progress to a Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship.

Qualification description

Certificate for the Children and Young People's Workforce (QCF) Level 2 .

Course information & how to apply

Length Start Date End Date Course Fees Course Code
34 weeks per year 01 Aug 2018 31 Jul 2019 Associated fees will be discussed at the time of enquiry APPEAYL2
UCAS/UKPASS Code: Not Applicable
Study type: Part Time
Times: 18:30 - 20:30
Hours per week: 2.00
Study days: 1 DAY

Any extra costs

Some courses may require additional course materials for further information please, contact the Apprenticeship Team on 01793 498208 or email

How to apply

Please note that there are several start dates possible during the year. If you wish to apply for this course, please click on the 'Apply now' button at the bottom of this page. Alternatively, please contact the Apprenticeship Team on 01793 498208 or email