Childcare Level 2


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Childcare Apprenticeships Qualification (formerly NVQ Level 2 in Childcare)

If you’re currently working with children in a paid role, such as a nursery nurse or pre-school assistant, and you want to learn about how to support the development of young children, this course would be ideal for you!

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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*).

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How do I achieve this childcare qualification?

The course is split up into different units which must total 35 credits for you to achieve a Level 2 certificate. However, there is a lot of flexibility for you to choose units which really interest you or pick topics which would be useful for the childcare job you’re doing at the moment.

Will I need to attend classes?

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

How will I be assessed?

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

At home:

  • Writing from personal experience
  • Case studies on children
  • Assignments asking you to describe/explain something
  • Reflections on how you dealt with past events

At work:

  • Observations by an assessor
  • Professional discussions with your assessor
  • Feedback from your colleagues




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 can be between 12 and 18 months, but afterwards you’ll have the fantastic feeling of becoming a professionally recognised childcarer and set yourself up for a long and rewarding career in childcare.

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