EYD2 – VTCT (Skillsfirst) Level 2 Diploma for the Early Years Practitioner (RQF)
This qualification has been designed to provide learners with the knowledge and understanding of babies and young children with applied knowledge in the early years, 0-5 years. The qualification content meets the Department for Education’s (DfE) criteria for a Level 2 Early Years Practitioner in the workforce. 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 needs of learners who work or want to work in a range of babies and young children settings covering the age range 0-5 years. These could include those learners working under supervision within an early learning/childcare setting, usually caring for young children, e.g. pre-school, childminder, nursery, creche, etc. Job roles could include:
- Early Years Worker
- Early Years Assistant
- Early Years Practitioner
or any other role where you are working closely with children.
The early years foundation stage (EYFS) on which this qualification reflects, sets the standards that all early years providers must meet to ensure that children learn, develop, and are kept healthy and safe. It promotes teaching and learning to ensure children have the skills they need to start school and a broad range of knowledge and skills that provide the right foundation for good future progress through school and life.
This qualification requires the learner to demonstrate skills, knowledge and understanding in the following areas:
- knowledge of child development
- health and safety
- support the planning of and deliver activities, purposeful play opportunities and educational programmes
- support children with special educational needs and disabilities
- own role and development
- working with others?- parents, colleagues, other professionals
This qualification also allows learners to learn, develop and practise selected skills required for progression in the sector and to provide opportunities for progression to the Level 3 Diploma and other related qualifications in the sector. If you are looking to up-skill and/or advance to a higher role within childcare then you might consider taking the:
- VTCT (Skillsfirst) Level 3 Diploma for the Children and Young People’s Workforce (Early Years Educator) (RQF)
or other similar child care qualifications.
This qualification is supported nationwide by employers. For a list of Training Providers and Colleges who deliver this qualification in your area, contact our customer services team.
Learners must complete all 37 credits in Group M to achieve the Level 2 Diploma for the Early Years Practitioner
Guided Learning Hours (GLH) are 295
Total Qualification Time is 370
|Qualification number||Qualification reference|
Group M Mandatory units
|Unit title||Credit value|
|D/617/8401||EYP1||Understanding the principles of babies and young children development||3|
|H/617/8402||EYP2||Understanding the safeguarding of babies and young children||3|
|K/617/8403||EYP3||Understanding health and safety in a babies and young children work setting||4|
|M/617/8404||EYP4||Health and well-being in a babies and young children work setting||3|
|T/617/8405||EYP5||Communicating in a babies and young children work setting||3|
|D/617/8406||EYP6||Supporting the development of babies and young children||3|
|F/617/8407||EYP7||Supporting the child in the transition to school||3|
|J/617/8408||EYP8||Supporting children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND)||3|
|L/617/8409||EYP9||Developing self in a babies and young children work setting||3|
|F/617/8410||EYP10||Working with others in a babies and young children work setting||3|
|J/617/8411||EYP11||Equality and inclusion in a babies and young children work setting||3|
|L/617/8412||EYP12||Support positive behaviour in a babies and young children work setting||3|
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