Early years practitioner diploma

The exciting level 2 early years practitioner diploma course provides the start you need to work in the early years and education sector. You will be supported throughout your course so that you are able to successful use your new skills and knowledge in the workplace.

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Course overview

At a glance




9 months



About the course

The purpose of this qualification is to gain the understanding and skills that a level 2 early years practitioner needs to demonstrate to be considered qualified to support young children from birth to 5 years old.

All applicants will be required to undertake a DBS check with their employer as part of our safer recruitment process.

Is this course right for you?

We know that a career in early years can be extremely rewarding. We also understand how important it is for you to get the right skills to help you progress in the sector and have the capability and expertise to make a positive difference to children.

The early years practitioner level 2 diploma programme is ideal for those with job titles such as Nursery Assistant, Early Years Practitioner, Nursery Practitioner, or Early Years Worker.

Our flexible and blended approach to training means that activities can be scheduled around needs. All learning is either on a 1-2-1 basis or small group webinars which can be accessed anywhere with an internet connection.

Throughout the programme we will meet with you to ensure you understand your course, to report on your development and progress as well as making sure your programme requirements are being met.

Spinney Day John Thompson

I am pleased to say that we have always been extremely well supported by Realise.

John Thompson OBE, Spinney Day Nursery, Owner

What you’ll learn

During this the course we’ll help you to  develop the essential early years skills and behaviours that you would expect to see in an exceptional employee.

Key learning topics covered during the diploma include:

  • Understanding  the role of the early years practitioner.
  • Health and Safety in a early years settings
  • Safeguarding in a early years setting
  • Understanding child development
  • Communication with children
  • Supporting activities, purposeful play and educational programmes
  • Supporting children with special educational needs
  • Working with others in early years
  • Understanding the principles of wellbeing in children.

How you’ll learn

Our highly skilled and knowledgeable staff share their experiences of working in the sector to support and develop the knowledge and understanding of what it takes to be a great practitioner.

All learning is either on a 1-2-1 basis or small group webinars so that you have the best experience possible with sector experts. We are delivering the programme face-to-face and remotely to provide as much flexibility as possible.

Need more information?

No problem. It doesn’t matter if your query is big or small, our teams are here to help. Just complete a quick enquiry form and we’ll be in contact soon to assist you with your query.

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Trainer assessor


Trainer assessor

Before working for Realise, I had been nursery based for over 7 years. I have worked in everything from large, 250 children, work-place nurseries, to small private nurseries with 6 babies to a room. Before this I worked as a youth and children’s worker in a community centre. I am a qualified early years teacher with a passion for infant mental health, gaining a MA from the Tavistock and Portman NHS Mental Health Trust.

Ready to take the next step?

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