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Level 2 Childcare at Keighley College

Course description

If you are interested in working with children and young people from birth to 19 years of age, then this could be the course for you. 

This programme enables you to work in a supervised role as an assistant in a pre-school, children’s centre, day nursery, school setting.  You will undertake work placement as part of your course to gain the practical skills required when working with children and young people.

Course content

Our Level 2 course prepares you to work in a range of settings with children or young people from birth to 8 years or to progress onto higher education.
You will study a wide range of subjects including child development, care, play and growth.
You will also have opportunities to work in the industry and develop your communication skills to prepare you for employment.

You can build the knowledge and skills needed to when working with children and young people from birth up to 19 years.  On completion learners will be able to work under guidance, in a wide range of job roles within the childcare sector.  You will also develop your interpersonal skills, English and Maths.

Entry requirements

Most applicants will need a minimum of 4 GCSE’s at Grade 3 or above including Maths and/or English, satisfactory completion of a foundation learning programme at Level 1 with a minimum of 37 credits.
All candidates must be committed to working with young children and their families, be creative, energetic, have a sense of humour and a lively and outgoing personality.
To work with children (under 18) or vulnerable adults, students may need to complete an enhanced check with the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly CRB) The college will arrange this for you but if your course is not fully funded (i.e. you are aged 16-18 or on certain benefits) then you will have to pay.  The estimated cost of the DBS check is £54.  Full details regarding payment documents will be provided prior to enrolment.  
Due to Statutory Guidelines.  If you will be undertaking placements involving caring for children aged under 8, you will need to complete a Disqualifications Requirements questionnaire for yourself and other members of your household.  This will be discussed further with you at your interview.


You will be required to produce a portfolio of evidence which will include a variety of assessment methods like written assignments, reports, presentations, evidence of work done on placement, witness testimonies and reflections.  You will also be observed in your work placement and take part in professional discussions with your tutor.

Future opportunities

On completion learners can progress onto various job roles such as assistants in a Children’s Centre or progress onto the Level 3 Diploma in Early Years Education.
After the course you can either progress through the levels onto an Apprenticeship or find employment in the childcare sector, including early year’s educator, nursery assistant and special needs assistant.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Keighley College directly.

Last updated date: 04 May 2018
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