Early Years Educator Level 2

Course Information

  • Course Code: CC011
  • Duration: 1 academic year
  • Validated by: National Council Further Education
  • Study mode: Full Time

This one year full time course is perfect for you if you want to work with children.

The programme is designed to help you build the knowledge and skills required for working with children from birth to 8 years of age.  You will benefit from our Virtual Baby programme which provides a realistic and practical approach to looking after a new baby.

You will be give the opportunity of work placements, with the ability to undertake 250 work placement hours.  Our dedicated placement team will support and assess you throughout this time.  Placements are located around your home area and will really boost your CV.  In addition we are also able to offer you enrichment activities e.g. educational visits to the Slavery Museum. 

To further enhance your programme you will be provided with additional opportunities through our partners.   Blackburn College are proud partners with both East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust and The Forest School learning experience.  We are the first College in the country to offer the pioneering and innovative Forest learning experience within a natural outdoor environment.  

Childcare is an extremely varied and rewarding career, offering opportunities to work within a nursery setting with babies and toddlers, or teaching young children in schools. 

 You will attend college on 2.5 days per week and will carry out your work placement for 2 days per week (if you have not achieved a Grade D or above in your Maths and English language GCSEs you will be required to work towards a GCSE Grade C as part of your Study Programme.)

The qualification you will gain upon successful completion is awarded by CACHE which is the UK's most recognised Childcare and Education Awarding body.

What will I study?

You will study:-

  • How to supervise children
  • Supporting positive behaviour
  • Children and young people's behaviour and development
  • Safeguarding 
  • Understanding partnership working
  • Employability skills
  • GCSE Maths and English (where appropriate)
Entry Requirements

You will need at least 4 GCSEs at grade D/3 including English Language and Maths, you could also progress to the Level 2 study programme from Level 1 with a D/3 in Maths and English along with a positive school report for attendance and punctuality.

A successful DBS check will also be required.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed by written tasks, activities and practical assessments.

You will also be assessed whilst on a practical work placement.

What can I do next?

Upon completion of the Level 2 programme you will be able to:

  • progress onto the Early Years Educator Level 3 Diploma which upon successful completion will enhance your career opportunities and give you the option to go enrol onto a degree.
  • Start work as a Level 2 Nursery Assistant or a Teaching Assistant.
Your Study Programme

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Career Options

Early Years Teacher

  • £
    + starting salary
  • 37-40 hours per week

Early years teachers, also known as nursery teachers, work with children aged from birth to five years in day nurseries, children's centres and independent nursery schools. They are specialists in early childhood development. They plan, organise and run a wide range of learning and play activities for young children in a safe and supportive setting.

If you love children and are committed to giving them a great start in life, this could be an ideal career for you.

You’ll need a clear understanding of how young children learn, lots of creative ideas and the ability to work closely with parents, teachers and other professionals.

To become an early years teacher, you will need to complete early years initial teacher training and demonstrate that you’ve met the Teachers’ Standards (early years). For this you will normally need a degree and also GCSEs (A*-C) in English, maths and a science subject, or equivalent qualifications. You will also need to pass Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks.

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Education Welfare Officer

  • £
    + starting salary
  • 37 hours per week

Education welfare officers work with schools, pupils and families to support regular school attendance. They help to sort out problems in school or at home. If you want to help children make the most of their school years, this could be perfect for you.

Employers will expect you to have some experience of education or the protection of children. Some may expect you to have or be prepared to work towards a qualification in social work. Others may allow you to train on the job.

To become an education welfare officer you will need to be a good listener without judging people. You will need to be able to build good working relationships with pupils, parents and teachers. A calm and firm approach in difficult situations is needed.

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Primary School Teacher

  • £
    + starting salary
  • 32.5 to 37+ hours per week

In this job you will help to give young children the best possible start in life. If you like spending time with young people, and want to work in education, a job as a primary school teacher could be perfect for you.

You will need to have enthusiasm for the subjects you teach. You’ll also need to be able to relate to pupils and their parents, and have patience and a good sense of humour.

One of the main routes into primary school teaching is to do Initial Teacher Education or Training (ITET) and get qualified teacher status. To do this you must have GCSEs in English, maths and a science subject. You will also need clearance by the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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Social Work Assistant

  • £
    + starting salary
  • 37 hours per week

If you want to help and support people in the community, this could be a great job for you. Social work assistants help qualified social workers. The clients you work with could be in the community, in hospitals and in other settings such as residential care homes.

Employers will usually consider experience to be more important than your qualifications. They may ask for a good standard of general secondary education. To be a social worker’s assistant you will need a practical and flexible approach to work. You will also need to be patient and understanding.

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Social Worker

  • £
    + starting salary
  • 30-40 hours per week

If you want to make a positive difference in the community, a career as a social worker could be a perfect choice for you. To become a social worker you will need to study a three-year undergraduate degree or a two-year postgraduate degree in social work that is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). You will also need to pass background checks by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). As a qualified social worker your job will be to relate to people of all ages and backgrounds and be able to gain their trust, in order to help them. Often you’ll be put in situations where your tact, patience and understanding will be needed and you’ll need to assess and cope with these situations in a sensitive and non-judgemental way.?

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Special Educational Needs Teacher

  • £
    + starting salary
  • 35 hours per week

Special educational needs (SEN) teachers work with children and young people who have difficulties or disabilities. These children find learning harder than for most children of the same age. If you want to help children and you are looking for a role in education, this job could be perfect for you.

To become a special educational needs teacher, you will need to be able to deal with challenging behaviour. You’ll also need good organisational skills. To work as a special needs teacher you will need to have a teaching qualification and teaching experience.

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Special Needs Teaching Assistant

  • £
    + starting salary
  • 30-40 hours per week

If you are keen to help children and want to work in a school, this could be an ideal job for you. Special needs teaching assistants help children with a wide range of learning, physical or behavioural difficulties.

Local education authorities (LEAs) and schools decide which qualifications and experience they expect. You are likely to need some experience to find paid work. A good way of getting this experience is by volunteering in your local school.

To be a special needs teaching assistant you will need to be patient, and firm when necessary. You must also be willing to help with children’s personal needs.

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Nursery Manager

  • £
    + starting salary
  • Variable hours per week

A nursery manager or pre-school manager is in charge of the day-to-day running of a childcare setting. They manage and support staff, and make sure that the centre offers a safe and caring environment for children to develop and learn.

If you enjoy working with children and want a job with lots of responsibility, this could be a perfect career for you.

In this job, you’ll need strong leadership and communication skills. You'll also need good business skills and a clear understanding of child protection, early years care and education issues.

To work as a nursery manager, you will normally need a minimum of a nationally recognised Level 3 childcare qualification and two years’ experience of working with children.

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Nursery Worker

  • £
    + starting salary
  • Variable hours per week

Nursery workers, sometimes called nursery nurses, work with babies and young children from birth to five years in childcare settings. They make sure that the children under their care develop and learn in a safe and supportive environment.

If you are committed to helping children thrive and get the best start in life, this could be the perfect career for you.

You will need a warm and positive approach, lots of creative ideas and a willingness to work as part of a team.

You do not always need formal qualifications to start training as a nursery worker, although a good standard of general education, such as GCSEs, including English and maths, would be helpful. For all jobs, you will need to have background checks carried out by the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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Children's Nurse

  • £
    + starting salary
  • 37.5 hours per week

If you enjoy helping and caring for children, this job could be ideal for you. A children's nurse provides care for children and young people with a wide range of conditions.

As a children's nurse, you will need to have the ability to comfort, reassure and gain the trust of patients. You’ll need excellent communication and listening skills. You’ll also need the authority and confidence to deal with children or parents in stressful circumstances.

To work as a children's nurse, you will need a Nursing and Midwifery Council approved degree. You must also agree to a Disclosure and Barring Service check.

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You will study in our £18.3 million Beacon Centre which houses practical teaching rooms for care, cooking and creative activities. You will also have full use of the dedicated IT suites, library and resource centre, where you will have access to over 60 computers and 45,000 books. You will also have free WiFi access across the campus.

Enrichment & Employability

All Childhood Studies learners will participate in 800 hours of work experience in a variety of settings including schools, hospitals, nurseries, and childrens play centres.  Work experience is a vital part for all of the Childcare programmes and is essential for learners to be successful. You may also wish to take on voluntary work or paid summer work such as Camp America or local play schemes.

Students will have the opportunity to gain first aid quaifications and take part in the virtual baby programme.

Many learners engage in fund raising by holding an end of year musical, coffee mornings and soup kitchen volunteering.