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Social Care & Early Years

Childcare - Traineeship Level 2

Start Date: 4th September 2023
Code: PTFN01125


Duration: 1 Year Full-time
Start date: 4th September 2023
End date: 7th June 2024
Information Event: Yes

Course fee: FREE (Eligibility criteria may apply)

The NI Traineeship provides a high-quality vocational education and training programme for those who aspire to work within a specific sector.  Full details of the programme is available in our Traineeship page.

Course Content

The Level 2 Childcare Traineeship is designed to provide students with an awareness and appreciation of the children and young people sector and the differing childcare employment opportunities that are available. Students will be supported by professional staff who are experienced and enthusiastic about children’s care, learning and development. 

The course features a combination of work-based as well as classroom and project based learning.  Students will be guided in developing understanding and key skills which will be essential in order to secure future employment in the sector.  The course includes the study of important childcare theory; best practice and essential employment skills including communication and teamwork.   

Example units:

  • Communication in the Early Years
  • Health and Safety
  • Safeguarding and Child Protection
  • Child Development
  • Additional Needs
  • Introduction to Play
  • Professional Practice
  • Practical Early Years Project (End point assessment)
  • Early Years frameworks
  • Creativity in the Early Years
  • Outdoor learning, risk and challenge
  • Personal Care and Nutrition

Assessment Methods

All units will be internally assessed using a range of methods which will include direct observation by a lecturer or assessor within the workplace written assignments and oral questions.

Grade entry requirements are still to be confirmed.  

Applicants must satisfy an ACCESS NI check, Social Services Check and health checks.

If you do not meet the entry requirement you may be able to join the Traineeship programme on an introductory phase.  Full details will be provided at the information session.

In the event of oversubscription, the College reserves the right to apply enhanced criteria.  See our Traineeship page for more information on enhanced entry criteria and the introductory phase.

On completion of the Traineeship, you can progress to a Level 3 further education course or a Level 3 Apprenticeship (possibly with your work placement employer).  This can lead you to Higher Education options.

400 Shore Road
BT37 9RS
028 9085 5000



This course is also available in other NRC campuses.

Essential Skills

All full-time students at Northern Regional College have the opportunity to improve their English, Maths and ICT skills and gain qualifications. The qualification you take will depend on the qualification you already have. If you do not have a grade C or above in GCSE English, Maths or ICT, you MUST complete Essential Skills; this will form a compulsory part of your timetable. If you are planning to go on to further study (for example university), please check if a GCSE qualification (rather than Essential Skills Level 2 equivalent) is required. For those who have a GCSE grade D in Maths or English, we offer a GCSE fast-track course.

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