This course is intended for anyone who wants to work in the field of children's play, learning and development. The qualification is a licence to practice in the early year's sector, you will be able to progress into roles such as early year's practitioners, nursery nurses and childminders. Working with children can be one of the most rewarding of all careers, with a huge variety of job opportunities ranging from working with children abroad, to the challenge of working with children who have specific needs.
All the content of the qualification is mandatory and relates directly to the skills, knowledge and behaviours expected by employers in the early year's sector. The areas you will cover include:
- child development
- working in early years settings
- caring for children
- supporting children's learning through play
As well as your time in College, you will be required to engage with sector employers, where opportunities will be given for you to develop practical skills in preparation for employment. For this qualification, you will be required to complete a work placement of 280 hours in an early years setting. There is no specific uniform requirement however, you will be required to purchase a college polo shirt for your time in placement - cost will be confirmed at enrolment.
This course runs over 5 days per week (3 days in college and 2 days in work placement).
All of our learners will be given support with their English and Maths skills where relevant to their main programme. Those students who have not yet achieved a grade 4 at GCSE in these subjects will continue to work towards these important qualifications at a level suited to them.
When taken as part of a full study programme, typically alongside GCSE maths or English, this qualification also gives you a sound basis to progress further within the early years sector to level 3 qualification such as a Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Children's Play, Learning and Development (Early Years Educator)
You will complete 7 units over the one year programme. The units you will study are:
- Policy and Practice for Working in Early Years Settings
- Child Development from Birth up to Five Years
- Developing Professional Practice Skills for Work in Early Years Settings
- Supporting Children's Physical Care Needs in Early Years Settings
- Supporting Children's Learning Through Play
- Supporting Children's Communication, Literacy and Language Development
- Developing Professional Practice in Early Years Settings
You will be assessed internally via a range of methods including, essays, presentations and reports. There are also 2 external assessments that make up the programme of study.
You should have an enthusiastic approach to working with children and an interest in the study of child development. It is preferable that you have experienced a childcare setting either as a placement or voluntary work.
You should have a minimum of four GCSEs at Grade 3-9 including English or a Level 1 Diploma (at Merit or Distinction, plus a satisfactory tutor reference). As part of the entry criteria for this course you will need to attend an interview with one of the childcare team. You will also have to apply for a DBS check completed by the Disclosure and Barring service. Please discuss with us in confidence if you have concerns about the content of your check. You will also need to attend an interview with one of the Childhood Studies team.
After Your Course
On successful completion of this one-year course you may be able to progress either to further qualifications in childcare, e.g. Level 3 National Diploma in Children's Play, Learning and Development or alternatively to employment in the field of childcare.