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Level 2 Certificate Understanding Mental Health in the Early Years

Subject Area


Student Type


Study Mode

Distance Learning

Course Type

Adult Further Education

What is the course about?

This qualification is designed for learners who wish to understand mental health in young children in the early years (from birth to 5 years old) and the role of the early years practitioner to support children's mental health and wellbeing. This is a knowledge-based qualification. Through achieving this qualification, learners will develop knowledge which will support progression onto further qualifications and into relevant employment in the health and social care or education sectors.

Why should I choose the course?

The early years of childhood are critical for development. Understanding the impact of attachment and adverse experiences during this time is important in understanding children's mental health. Children can be exposed to several traumatic experiences throughout their early years which can impact their mental health and these experiences can contribute to mental health concerns in later life. Whether you are looking to begin working with young children, or you work with children in your current role, having a solid grasp on the importance of a child's emotional wellbeing is vital.

What will I learn?

On this course you will gain an understanding of some of the factors which impact the mental health of young children in the early years, including learning about the significance of attachment and adverse experiences for young children, and the role of the early years practitioner in supporting mental health and wellbeing for young children in the early years.

What will the course lead on to?

This course could lead on to other level 2 or higher qualifications in this subject area, or help support you in your current role if you are already employed in this field. It may also enhance your CV if you are looking to work in this sector.

What support is available?

We have a team of staff dedicated to providing learning support if required, as well as a Welfare Team that is on hand to offer guidance, support and help when needed. Additionally, eligible students can access a wide range of finance and funding support to help them during their time at college.

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Why should I choose to study the course at Warrington & Vale Royal College?

Warrington and Vale Royal College has been rated as a good college in the latest Ofsted inspection, and has an excellent reputation for vocational courses.

What are the entry requirements?

You should have access to and be able to use online learning platforms and be able to cope with level 2 literacy.

If you are aged 19-23 you must hold a full level 2 qualification.

If you are currently undertaking an apprenticeship programme you are not eligible to enrol on this course.

What are my funding options?

For funding information please contact Learner Services on 01925 494 400, or you can email

Are there any additional costs associated with the course?

There are no additional costs associated with this course.

Careers Information

Course options

Start Any Time

20 Weeks
Class Times
Distance Learning
In your own time
Adult Fee
16-18 Fee
Contact College

Call to Enrol 01925 494 400

Fees Information
This course is FREE*. If you fail to complete the course you will be charged £100 to cover the cost of registration. For residents of Greater Manchester Combined Authority the fee for this course is £362. *Ts&Cs apply.

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