Level 2 Childcare Diploma for the Early Years Practitioner (RQF)

If you’re currently working under supervision in a paid role – such as an early years worker/assistant or practitioner within an early years childcare setting – and you want to learn about how to support the development of babies and young children from birth to 5-years-old, this course would be ideal for you!

*Government funding available. Complete the form to see if you qualify.

Build the Foundations for Best Practice


There are a number of reasons why you should consider using Parenta to complete your Level 2 in childcare!


  • There are no student loans!
  • You don’t pay for tuition fees.
  • There are no classes to attend.
  • You get your own tutor/assessor to support you throughout your course.

About The Course

How do I achieve the qualification?

The course is made up of a number of units each with a credit score. You must complete all 37 credits to achieve the Level 2 Diploma for the Early Years Practitioner. This course will include personal learning and thinking skills, employment rights and responsibilities as well as Functional Skills in English and Maths.

How will I be assessed?

You’ll be assessed through a mixture of ‘at home’ and ‘at work’ tasks. Before this happens, your tutor will talk with you to find out what learning style suits you best and tailor your assessments around it.

Will I Need To I Attend Classes?

Great news – there are no classes to attend! Your Parenta tutor will visit you on a regular basis to observe you at work and check you’re fulfilling the course requirements. You’ll also need to complete coursework online too, but you can carry this out at your own pace and benefit from phone and online support from your Parenta tutor if there’s anything at all that you need help with.

How long will the course take me to complete?

As with anything worthwhile, this course requires you to dedicate some of your time to it. This will be up to 15 months in total, but afterwards, you’ll have the fantastic feeling of becoming a professionally recognised Early Years Practitioner and set yourself up for a rewarding career. You will be assigned your own tutor to support you throughout your qualification. However, you will be required to do some independent learning.

You should set aside between 5 and 7 hours a week to work towards your Level 2. You may prefer to split this time up into a few evenings a week and some time at the weekend, but it’s entirely up to you.

The course is made up of 2 parts, as follows:

Main part of the course – 12 months.

The units are based around your skills, knowledge and behaviours which you gain throughout your apprenticeship.

English and maths Functional Skills Level 1 (and Level 2 attempted if not exempt)

Part 2 is in two sections – duration 3 months:

Preparation for your End Point Assessment (this is called Gateway).

Upload your English and maths Functional Skills Certificates

Evidence of portfolio work

End Point Assessment consisting of a multiple choice test around your skills, knowledge and behaviours and a professional discussion, supported by your portfolio.

We Believe in Education 

We believe in accessible childcare training courses for everyone, at every level, and we’re here to make it easier for you. 

Whether it’s helping you to find a position within a childcare setting, preparing for an interview and starting your training programme, or climbing that career ladder, taking on that room leader or management position, we’re here for you!

With our childcare training courses, you don’t have to go to college and there are no classes to attend. You’ll also have the full support of a personal tutor whilst you train. 

Level 2 Diploma Course Booklet

For more information about the Level 2 Childcare Diploma for the Early Years Practitioner (RQF), have a look through our brochure.

What Our Customers Say…

I am so glad that I had the chance to do my Level 3 childcare course with Parenta, it has been a delightful experience very smooth and efficient. Thanks to Tina Butler everything was always on time, from setting new assignments to marking them. Tina was very helpful during my course and was always easy to contact when needed. I had set goals for myself and we have spoken about this with Tina Butler that I wanted to become a room leader, I am happy and proud to say I have become the baby room leader!!

Ceyda Davulcular

Pippa Cain – amazing – always had a fantastic experience doing courses.

Gail Newton
Prospect House

I just want to say a massive thank you to Jeanette for getting me through my apprenticeship after having such a struggle with the many assessors I have had. She has got me through my apprenticeship in 8 weeks and finally taught me in a way that I could understand. I am extremely thankful to her.

Sarah Long

Katie was wonderful, the support and encouragement I got was fantastic.

Sarah Reith

Great service! Pippa is an amazing hard working assessor and needs more recognition and a pay rise for the amount of work load she has put on her.

Joanne Driver
Prospect House

Linda was honestly the most helpful assessor – she understood the way I learn and am able to complete assignments and was always available for any help or assistance! She was so warm natured and honestly cared about my course and progress. Couldn’t thank her enough, I feel like without her help I would have fallen really far behind.

Kayla, Cooke
Aspire Day Nursery

Linda was my saviour! She gave me support throughout and if I had any questions, she was always there at the end of the phone or an email. Nothing was too much for Linda and with her help and support, I am now level 3 qualified.

Natalie Morris
Shining Pandas Nursery

I think Fiona was incredible! I have only great things to say about her, she helped me to achieve the most in the quickest time and I’m over the moon! I never thought I’d be able to do it but with Fiona’s support I achieved everything I thought I wouldn’t!

Kalie-Ane Sturgess
Children's 1st

Amazing! Parenta supported me all the way through my level 3 and I’ve had the best assessors.

Leanne Plant
First Class Preschool

Really good and help you whenever you are struggling with anything and are always there to help if you want to ask them anything about your work.

Jessica Violet Chapman
Prospect House Day Nursery

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