This course is intended for anyone who wants to work in the field of children's care, learning and development. You can use the qualification to gain employment as a nursery assistant, creche worker, special needs assistant or other jobs which involve caring for children. Working with children can be one of the most rewarding of all careers, with a huge variety of jobs from working in exotic holiday destinations, to the challenge of working with teenagers who have specific needs.
During the course, you will learn how to prepare and maintain environments for childcare, how to communicate with children and adults and how you can support children's play and learning.
As well as your time in College, you will also enhance your practical skills with a work placement for two days per week (a total of 300 hours). 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 'C' grade at GCSE in these subjects will continue to work towards these important qualifications at a level suited to them.
Your course will cover the following units:
- Understanding Children's Development
- Keeping Children Safe
- Communication with Children and Adults
- Preparing and Maintaining Environments for Childcare
- Professional Development
- Supporting Children's Play and Learning
Professional practice is assessed and a variety of coursework, to include:
You should have an enthusiastic approach to working with children and an interest in the study of child development.
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 have a check completed by the Disclosure and Barring service. This does not mean that if you have any previous convictions or warnings that you will not be able to join this programme, but an assessment will be completed as to your suitability to progress on to the programme. 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 Diploma in Children's Play, Learning and Development or alternatively to employment in the field of childcare.
Course fees are per year. The current fee information is related to the 2019/20 academic year and is subject to change before the start of the course. Fees for 2020/21 will be updated in the Spring Term. There may also be additional costs associated with the course.
This course is funded by the government and may be free if you are:
- Aged 16-18 on 31/08/19
- Aged 19-23 on an Entry Level or Level 1 course with intent to progress to a Level 2 course
- Aged 19-23 on your first full Level 2 or Level 3 course
- Aged 19-23 on your first Level 4 course (if you haven’t already got a Level 3 qualification)
- Aged 19+ on Functions Skills or GCSE English or Maths
- Unemployed and in receipt of JSA/ESA(WRAG)/Universal Credit or another eligible state benefit on an Entry Level, Level 1 or Level 2 course
- Member of a low income household & in financial hardship on an Entry Level, Level 1 or Level 2 course