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Children and Young People's Workforce Certificate Level 2 at Boston College

Course description

This qualification has been developed for people wanting to work in the children and young people’s workforce. It is suitable for those in employment or those working as a volunteer. It builds the knowledge and skills needed when working with children and young people from birth up to 19 years.

Course content

You will be expected to attend college for monthly evening workshops and will be required to volunteer or to be employed in a suitable childcare setting for a minimum of 8 hours per week. 

Suitable childcare settings include: 
- Pre-schools 
- Day nurseries 
- Childminders 
- Kids’ clubs 
- Children´s centres 
- Nursery schools 
- Primary schools 

There are 9 workshops which provide the underpinning knowledge for the mandatory units: 

- Health and safety 
- Communication and teamwork 
- Behaviour 
- Positive environments and health and well-being 
- Safeguarding children and young people 
- Child development and factors that influence development 
- Child observations and supporting learning and development 
- Equality and inclusion and supporting children with special needs 
- Understand partnership working in services for children and young people 

In addition you will be asked to choose a number of optional units which are designed to suit the age and needs of the children you are working. 
The most popular optional units chosen are: 
- Support children and young people at meal or snack times 
- Support children and young people with disabilities and special educational needs 
- Contribute to the support of children’s communication, language and literacy 
- Contribute to the support of children’s creative development

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry qualifications for this course. Although you will need to attend a placements in an early years setting for no less than 8 hours a week and you will need a DBS check and 2 suitable references.


The course is 40% practical and 60% theory. 

You will be assigned an assessor, and they will come and observe you in your setting and support you to achieve your qualification. 

You will learn how to contribute to activities and experiences designed to cater for children at different ages and stages of development. 

Your workshop tutor and your allocated assessor will provide you with help and support throughout the assessment process.

Financial information

You may want to purchase text books to accompany your course, these will be approximately £20. 

Financial assistance can be gained from a means tested bursary and Be Brilliant Foundation, this can be used against any of the additional costs.

Future opportunities

Successfully completion of this course can lead on to employment, an Advanced Apprenticeship or the Early Years Practitioner (Early Years Educator) Diploma Level 3

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 10 February 2017

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