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Level 2 Certificate in Introducing Caring for Children and Young People

Course Overview

If you're looking for a qualifications that will give you an introduction to childcare, our Level 2 Certificate in Introducing Caring for Children and Young People is the ideal course for you. This qualification is available via distance learning, so you can study flexibly around your other commitments.

The course covers a range of topics including child development, play, nutrition and safeguarding. You'll develop practical skills and knowledge that will be essential in any childcare setting. This is the ideal starting point if you're considering a career in childcare, or if you simply want to gain a better understanding of how to care for children and young people.

This course is equivalent to a level 5 in Scotland based on the Scottish Credit and Qualification Framework.

Key Information

Course Length
8 to 12 weeks

Course Level
Level 2

Awarding Body
(E-certificates upon achievement)

Learning Method(s)
Online materials
Online assessment

For Individuals


  • Study from anywhere, at any time
  • Gain an accredited level 2 qualification
  • Equivalent to a Scottish level 5 based on the Scottish Credit and Qualification Framework
  • Nationally recognised
  • Access to an award-winning e-learning platform
  • Perfect for beginners
  • Unlimited support from qualified tutors
  • Receive a digital e-certificate upon completion
  • No hidden costs

Cost and Funding Information

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Unit 1: Safeguarding the welfare of children and young people

This unit examines legislation, guidelines, policies and procedures for safeguarding the welfare of children and young people (including e-safety). Learn what action to take when children or young people are injured or ill and when complete, gain the ability to recognise emergency procedures as well as how to respond to suspicions that a child or young people has been abused, harmed or bullied.

Unit 2: Understand how play forms part of a child's development

This unit will explore the stages of development and how positive environments support the development of young children from birth to three years. It will explore the necessity of play as well as demonstrating different play activities suitable for young children.

Unit 3: Use food and nutrition information to plan a healthy diet

This unit will help to build an understanding of how to make healthy and nutritional food choices for children. Develop knowledge of food labels and what to look out for to ensure that children are given a balanced diet.

Unit 4: Understand how to use play to support early learning and development

This unit explores the vital importance of creativity and imagination in the development of a child. Learn about how to organise a cooking activity for children as well as the particular importance of books and stories in child development.