Childcare & Early Years

Summary of course

Students can develop a ‘hands-on' approach to their learning and gain practical skills, knowledge and understanding of childcare. The skills, knowledge and understanding gained may help students prepare for work through real or simulated work situations and may contribute to preparing them for working life beyond education.

The NCFE Occupational Studies for the Workplace (Entry 3) qualifications are intended to give students a solid base from which to further develop their skills and learning.

What will I study?

The units you will study are likely to include:

Core Units:

  • Food and Nutrition for children
  • working in a team
  • Caring for children and babies
  • Improving own confidence
  • Parenting skills

Specialist Units:

  • Planning for and taking part in a visit
  • Problem solving skills for work
  • working as a volunteer

All units are subject to change and may be withdrawn.

How is the course assessed?

There are varying methods of assessment within the programme, which could include:

  • observations
  • role play and professional discussions
  • written tasks/assessments and presentations
  • workbooks and computer based activities.

Your Study Programme

If you are aged 16-18, you will join a Study Programme. We will make sure you are working at the right level on your core qualification and are challenged to achieve the highest level of qualification you can. All students will continue to improve their maths and English and if you don't have a grade 4 (C) at GCSE, we will work with you towards achieving that goal (subject to specific entry requirements for particular courses). Work experience will be part of your study programme and complement your college study and prepare you for employment. You will also get involved in activities to help you develop life skills and to build your confidence so you can make progress in your career. Weekly timetables will include tutorial support which may comprise of full group activities or one to one sessions to discuss individual progress or support needs.

Who is this course for?

This course is ideal if you have an interest in Childcare and wish to gain an Entry Level qualification in Childcare.

Progression and Career Opportunities

Following the successful completion of the Occupational Studies in the Workplace qualifications, you may progress to work-based learning and develop your skills, or progression to the Level 1 Childcare or Level 1 Health and Social Care study programme is also possible.

Entry Requirements for new students

To start a Vocational Studies Programme you do not need any qualifications. Just the motivation to attend and take part! You could have mainly 2-1 (F/G) grades.

Interview Requirements

You must bring your interview letter to your appointment and arrive 15 minutes before your interview is due to take place.

General Info (materials required for the course)

  • Stationery - £25 approx.
  • Text book - £25 approx.
  • Polo shirt - £15 approx.
  • If a placement opportunity is offered towards the end of the course then there will be cost for your DBS application and this cost will be given to you nearer the time.

Course fee information

Sorry, you’ve missed the start date for this course but we are planning to offer it again in 2019. If you would like to speak to a tutor about the course please call us on 0300 123 2344 or complete our easy online enquiry form.


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