Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Common Childhood Illnesses

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This qualification aims to equip you with a strong understanding of common childhood illnesses, including how to provide a safe and healthy environment for babies and young children, how to recognise when a baby or child is unwell, and how to manage acute and chronic health conditions in an early years setting.

Upon completion of this course, you could study one of our other childcare courses from home, such as the Level 2 Certificate in Caring for Children and Young People.


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Unit 1: Understand how to provide a safe and healthy environment for babies and young children

In this unit, you will explore ways to minimise cross infection and maintain a safe and hygienic environment for babies and young children.

Unit 2: Understand common childhood illnesses

This unit will help you to recognise when a child is unwell, and common childhood illnesses that may occur. You will also consider the policies and procedures relating to unwell children in an early years setting.

Unit 3: Understand health emergencies and specific health conditions in an early years setting

In the final unit of this course, you will consider the role of the practitioner in relation to common accidents and basic first aid, as well as serious illness requiring emergency support. Acute and chronic health conditions, including how to manage allergies in the setting, will also be covered.

The benefits of this course include:

  • Learn from your own home, in your own time
  • Achieve a nationally recognised level 2 qualification
  • Access to award-winning learning and assessment materials
  • Subject specialist support from a Tutor and access to a Learner Support Advisor for everyday queries
  • Funding available – speak to one of our team for more information and to see if you are eligible.
  • This qualification could assist you in gaining the following employment opportunities and potential salaries:

    Nursery Worker – up to £19,000 per annum.

    Childcare Assistant – up to £20,000 per annum.

    Key Information

    Course Length 8-12 weeks
    average course length
    Awarding Body NCFE
    Course Level Level 2
    Funding Fully Funded
    Learning Method(s)

    Paper based
    learning materials
    with online assessment

    Paper based
    learning materials and
    paper based assessment







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