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Certificate for the Children and Young People's Workforce Level 2 (QCF) at York Learning - City of York Council

Course description

The Certificate for the Children and Young People's Workforce is about working with children to extend their knowledge and experience. This will typically be within a nursery, playgroup or childminding setting. The child development skills of those involved, leads to growth in the capabilities of the children they work with. The work itself is fulfilling, rewarding and enjoyable. Whether you are new to Childcare or are already established within the industry, by learning you can improve your ability and learn how to ensure the best care and education is delivered by you. Learning doesn’t only give you the basics for doing the job but also prepares you to meet new challenges when they arise. Suitable for those starting childcare work, this Certificate qualifies an individual to work as a nursery assistant with children from birth to 16 years old.

Most of our trainees are able to complete it within 12 months. The course covers the care and development of children from birth to 16 years.

Entry requirements

No-one starts out with all the skills required but they do start with the right attitude. If you answer “yes” to all, or most, of the following questions then Early Years training could well be suited to you: am I:

  • a good timekeeper?
  • friendly with a sense of humour?
  • willing to be flexible?
  • honest and reliable?
  • committed to work with children and colleagues?
  • committed to personal development and learning?

Key Skills Level 1 or GCSE grade E or above.


A Trainer/Assessor will visit you at work to help you and to ensure you are supported throughout your programme. This includes initial visits to make sure you fully understand the Certificate qualification you are working towards, what to do, and how your work will be assessed against nationally recognised standards. You will also be expected to attend training sessions at York Learning on a weekly basis. Taster sessions can be arranged prior to starting. Placements can be found by York Learning.

Future opportunities

The course offers you a specialist work-based qualification to support a career related to childcare or to progress onto studying a Diploma for the Children and Young People's Workforce or a related subject. With further training, you could continue to develop your career by working for a children's nursery or use the qualification to support further study for entering a career in teaching. The course is work based which means that you can earn and learn at the same time whilst developing the skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers in all areas of child care are looking for. The number of single parent families is increasing and more two-parent families have both parents working. The need to ensure young children receive high quality early years education is growing. There is an increasing demand for qualified and trained staff who want to take the opportunity to enter this growth industry. York Learnin works in partnership with employers across the York and North Yorkshire area. We match your skills and interests with employer requirements and, providing you both agree, your learning and employment can begin at the same time. If you are already employed then a learning assessment can be arranged and you can join an appropriate programme.

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How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact York Learning - City of York Council directly.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014

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