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Level 2 Certificate in Mental Health in the Early Years NCFE

Whether you’re involved in working with young children or just have a keen interest in the subject, it’s crucial to acknowledge the importance of a child’s emotional well-being.

You will learn about statutory requirements that are needed in early years settings, including the vital role of the key person in supporting children. The course also covers constructive bonds and challenging circumstances on a child’s mental health.

Our distance learning courses are completed online, so there is no need for any personal attendance in college, however you can always attend college if you feel you need this.

You will complete assessments by answering questions and submitting them to your tutor via the online learning platform.

You will be given full written feedback on your assessments within 5 working days.

Your tutor is available by email, or Mobile Phone during office hours if you need support with your studies.

To study the courses, you need to have a suitable device such as a laptop, a desktop computer, or a tablet such as an iPad. You also need access to the internet.

Please note: It is not possible to complete the courses on a mobile phone as they are not compatible with our learning platform.

On successful completion of the course, you will receive a certificate from NCFE awarding body, confirming your achievement.

Key Information

  • Course Level

    Level 2

  • Delivery


    Distance / Online

  • Duration

    9 Weeks

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To attain this qualification, you need to achieve all 3 units.

  • Understand mental health for young children in the early years (K/618/1222)
  • Understand the significance of attachment and adverse childhood experiences for young children in the early years (M/618/1223)
  • Understand the role of the Early Years Practitioner supporting mental health and wellbeing for young children in the early years (T/618/1224)

Portfolio of Evidence

This qualification is internally assessed and internally quality assured by Centre staff and externally quality assured by NCFE External Quality Assurance Consultants (EQACs).

There are no specific recommended prior learning requirements for this qualification, however you must:

  • Currently live in England
  • Resident in the UK/EU for 3+ years, for purposes other than study
  • be aged 19+
  • Not be on an apprenticeship

Learners who achieve this qualification could progress to:

  • Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Working in the Health Sector
  • Level 3 Certificate in Understanding Mental Health
  • Level 3 Certificate in Working in the Health Sector
  • Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Workforce (Early Years Educator)
  • Technical Level 3 Diploma in Early Years Education and Care (Early Years Educator)
  • Apprenticeships in Health and Social Care

 Course Career Prospects

This course allows you to become more aware of the issues surrounding Mental health for children in the early years.  During the critical period of a child’s life, their experiences can influence their future mental health. Understand the potential traumatic experiences which can affect a child, and how to provide support.

It could improve your CV and help you when applying for many different job roles, such as:

  • Teaching assistant (£11,500 to £23,000)
  • Nursery worker (£14,000 to £24,000)
  • Learning mentor (£14,500 to £25,000)

Financial Support

Depending on your situation, you may be able to access a range of financial support available.

Course Fees


Fully Funded.


Apply or enquire about this course

Please use the following links to make an application or enquiry about this course.


Apply online Make an enquiry Call 0800 358 7575

Information for EU Students

From January 2021, how you apply for a course will change. For more information, read the UK Government's guide for the UK points-based immigration system for EU students (pdf).

Visit our International pages for more information and contact details