Childcare Level 2 Certificate

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Key information

Qualification type


Course code


Career Pathway



Level 2


1 year


Bracknell & Wokingham College,
Church Rd,
Bracknell, RG12 1DJ

Start date

Sep 2020

Study for work in the childcare and education sector and gain real work experience in caring for children.

This course provides an understanding of both the care and development of the child and their family in a variety of settings.

English and maths are also integral as these skills are essential for your employability.

You could progress to a Level 3 qualification in the care of children and young people or a related subject. Alternatively, you can progress into employment in a range of care settings.

This qualification provides you with the knowledge, understanding and skills to enter the workforce, working under supervision within early years settings, in a variety of roles such as:

  • nursery assistant
  • classroom assistant
  • pre-school assistant

What I'll learn

The course is full time with 2 work-based placements in Early Years Settings. The course will be assessed through written assignment tasks and external exams.

  • Core and mandatory units include:  
  • Patterns of development  
  • Promoting Children’s development through play  
  • The principles of Early Years Practice
  • Promoting Children’s Positive behaviour.


How I'll learn

Combine theoretical study with practical experience as you prepare for a career in childcare. This certificate helps you to gain knowledge through observational studies, practical work with children and a range of classroom-based activities which combine theoretical and practical training.

Combining days at college with placement days in care settings, you will be encouraged to link the theory of care for children and young people with your developing practice.

English and maths are also integral as these skills are essential for your employability.


How I'll be assessed

Assessment is through continual observation and examination.


We'd like to thank all the employers who provide invaluable work placements for students on these courses

  • Smart Tots Day Nursery
  • Kings Meadow Primary School
  • The Old Station Nursery Upper Heyford
  • The Horton Day Nursery
  • Rainbows
  • The Close Day Nursery
  • Steeple Aston Pre School
  • Harriers Banbury Academy
  • Little Fishes
  • Stepping Stones Brackley
  • Little Oaks
  • Chipping Warden Primary Academy
  • Chipping Warden Kindergarten
  • Crazy 4 Kid- The Radstone
  • King Sutton Pre-school
  • The Sunshine Centre
  • Dashwood Banbury Academy
  • Busy bees Bicester
  • Hobby Horse Children’s centre
  • Hanwell Fields Community Centre
  • Longfields Primary and Nursery school
  • Longford Park School Nursery
  • Child First
  • Southwold Primary School
  • Gagle Brook Primary School
  • St Edburg’s Primary School
  • Middleton Cheney Pre-School
  • Hill View Primary School
  • East Street Early Years
  • Waynflete Infant School
  • Winchester House School
  • St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School
  • Create Childcare
  • Queensway Primary School
  • Bramley wood Day Nursery
  • Foxhill Primary School
  • Holly Spring Primary School
  • Little Acorns Montessori Nursery
  • The College Nursery
  • Binfield Pre School
  • Dingley Unit
  • Garth Under Five Nursery
  • Bure Park Primary School
  • Woodstock C of E Primary School
  • Oxford Nursery Summertown
  • The Old Station Nursery Heyford
  • St Ebbes C of E Primary School
  • Willowcroft Community School
  • Stephen Freeman Community Primary School
  • Toad Hall Day Nursery
  • St Thomas More Primary School
  • Rainbows Nursery Bicester
  • Lady Bird’s Pre School
  • Clifton Hampden Primary School
  • Little Treasures Day Nursery
  • Scamps
  • Our Lady’s Roman Catholic Primary School
  • Five Acres Primary School
  • Little Pionners Day Nursery JR Hospital/ Blackbird Leys
  • Bletchingdon Parochial Church of England Primary School
  • Kiddies Korner
  • St Nicholas Infants School
  • Farmhouse Nursery
  • Langford Village Community Primary School
  • Wheatley Nursery School
  • Southwold Primary and Nursery School
  • St Thomas Day Nursery
  • Pippin’s Day Nursery
  • North Kidlington Primary School
  • Sunrise Day Nursery
  • Abingdon Kindergarten
  • Kings Meadow Primary School
  • West Kidlington Primary School
  • St Francis C of E Primary School
  • East Oxford Primary School
  • Aureus Primary School
  • North Hinksey C OF E Primary School
  • William Fletcher Primary School
  • John Henry Newman Primary School
  • Quarry Nursery School
  • Horspath Pre-School Nursery
  • Julia Durbin Nursery
  • Wantage Nursery
  • Puddleducks Day Nursery
  • Little Troopers Day Nursery
  • Busy Bees Bicester
  • Small World Nursery
  • Farm View Day Nursery
  • Blagrave Nursery School
  • Mary Seacole Day Nursery
  • Northumberland Day Nursery
  • Whitley Park School
  • Little Ducklings
  • Berkley Gardens Day Nursery
  • Charles Clore Court
  • Highwood Primary School
  • Battle Primary School
  • Purley Pre-School
  • Micklands Pre School
  • The Heights
  • Elms Montessori
  • Springfield Primary and Nursery
  • Loddon Primary School
  • Wigwam Day Nursery
  • Southlake Primary School
  • Orchard Day Nursery
  • Alwyn Infant School
  • Beechwood Primary School
  • St John’s CE Primary School
  • St Mary’s School
  • Calcot Primary and Nursery
  • Park day Nursery
  • Park Lane Infants
  • Stepping Stones Pre School
  • Windmill School
  • All Saints CE Aided Primary School and Nursery
  • Woodley Gardens Nursery
  • Teepee Day Nursery

Entry Requirements

Four GCSEs grade 3 (D) or above including English Language and Maths. A Criminal Record Bureau (CRB) check will also be required.


How to Apply

You can apply for this programme online. Click on APPLY NOW and follow the steps below:

  • Register for our online service and verify your account
  • Log in to our website and click APPLY NOW on your chosen programme’s page to complete your application

As part of your application, you will be asked to provide us with your contact details, how your chosen programme fits with your future plans and if you require any extra support (for example, because of a disability, medical condition, learning or language support needs). 
Please include full details of your qualifications from your own country, as well as details of any English Language tests you have taken.

Printed application forms are also available.

Please contact our Careers team if you need advice and guidance to help you choose the right programme for you.