Level 2 childcare course

Childcare Apprenticeships Qualification (formerly NVQ Level 2 in Childcare)

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


Who is this course for?
If you’re employed in a childcare setting and have recently started a career in the Early Years, the Level 2 Certificate for the Children and Young People’s Workforce is ideal.

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

How will it help you?
The Level 2 qualification allows you to work with children under supervision and to count in staff ratios.

Main subject areas for Level 2 Childcare qualification include:

  • Communication
  • Health and safety
  • Partnership
  • Equality and inclusion
  • Child development
  • Creative development
  • Personal development
  • Safeguarding

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.

If you’d like to earn while you learn, Level 2 can be taken as an apprenticeship. Childcare apprenticeships 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).

How much does the course cost?
Course costs can vary, but funding is available. Visit our childcare course funding page for information on funding options.

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