Level 2 childcare course

Childcare Apprenticeships Qualification (formerly NVQ Level 2 in Childcare)


The Level 2 childcare qualification for the Children and Young People’s Workforce is for those employed in a childcare setting that have recently started a career in the Early Years.

It allows you to work with children under supervision and to count in staff ratios, whilst giving you the skills to gain more knowledge in specific areas of childcare and progress your career.

Earn while you learn >>

If you’d like to earn while you learn Level 2 can be taken as an apprenticeship, these are fully funded for learners, meaning that you can develop your career in childcare for free with Parenta Training (subject to conditions*).

*Submission of an application does not imply acceptance by Parenta training, or guarantee funding availability

The course visits many areas including:

  • Childcare training to develop your skills and learn new ones
  • Key work skills such as communication, first aid and employment rights and responsibilities
  • Building your knowledge through work experience
  • The Level 2 Children and Young People’s Workforce qualification as well as key work skills

Main subject areas for Level 2 include:

Health and safety
Equality and inclusion
Child development
Creative development
Personal development

Studying and assessment

It’s important to us that you are motivated and enthusiastic about your course. Your assessor will provide full support and feedback and visit you on-site, so your workplace observation is in a familiar setting.

You will have access to e-learning tutorials and resources so you’re able to easily fit studying around your work, social and family commitments.


How much does the course cost?


Course costs can vary, but we access funding for the majority of our learners, so many don’t pay a penny. Let us know you situation here, and we’ll let you know if we can help!


Typical timetable


The course is made up of 35 credits and should take around 18 months to complete.

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If this course doesn’t sound right for you, look at other courses.