Level 2 Certificate in Childcare

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The qualification

The Level 2 Certificate is designed to help learners build the knowledge and skills needed when working under supervision with children and young people from birth to 19 years of age. It will suit those who are working, or are about to work, as a nursery assistant, crèche worker or special educational needs assistant in a supporting role. You need to be employed, volunteering or on a work placement to complete this course as you'll need to show competence in both knowledge and skills.This is a nationally-recognised qualification which is valued by employers and it develop your personal knowledge of childcare as well as providing you with the essential skills you need to work under supervision with children.

Course content

It will take 12 months to complete the Level 2 course on a part-time basis. You'll attend monthly study groups at a local training centre and will be given assignments to complete and have observations in your workplace. If you receive Government funding for the course - check our funding finder to see if you're eligible - you'll also study functional skills in English, maths and ICT along with Employment Rights & Responsibilities and Personal Learning & Thinking Skills.

An Apprentice needs to be in training for at least a year and a day, which equates to 1,560 hours – or 30 hours a week – of employment. It is expected that 20% of these hours are spent completing off the job training.

Subjects covered

  • Child development
  • Safeguarding
  • Creative development
  • Communication
  • Health & Safety

Work and assessment

You'll find all the resources for your course on our Online Training Academy where you'll also be able to submit your work and study for your functional skills. Assessment is by workplace observations, practical tasks at work, answering questions and assignment writing.

Entry requirements

No previous vocational qualifications are needed for this course but Apprenticeship learners should be at Entry 3 level for the Functional Skills of Maths and English.


The Level 2 Certificate in Childcare is excellent preparation for the Level 3 Diploma in Childcare if you are keen to progress your career in this sector.

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The Qualification

Courses can also be delivered at your own work premises for groups. Contact us to discuss your options.

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