This qualification is designed to give you an understanding of the health and education needs of children. The aim of this qualification is to prepare students to work with children between birth and five years, with knowledge of children up to seven years and how to provide appropriate activities. It covers a diverse range of job roles and occupational areas working in children's environments.
The method of learning is through classroom based activity and work placements.
What will I study?
The units you will study are likely to include:
- Introducing the Role of the Early Years Practitioner
- Legislation, Framework and Practice
- Play, Development and Learning for School
- Professional Development
- supporting children with additional needs
- nutrition for children
- supporting positive behaviour
- creative play
All units are subject to change and may be withdrawn.
Who is this course for?
This course is ideal if you have an interest in gaining an occupational competence for the Childcare Workforce and wish to gain a Level 2 qualification in Childcare.
How is the course assessed?
Portfolio of Work (to include a variety of written assesments and observations)
- Work Placement Records (Work Experience is approximately 65 days in placement, only arranged by the College)
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.
You will develop a thorough knowledge and understanding of:
Child development, observing behaviour and how to support children and young peoples education
Safeguarding, health and safety and wellbeing
- Working with parents, carers, wider families, agencies and services.
You will have the ability to:
Plan and lead activities that include the learning and development areas of current early education curriculum requirements
Analyse and explain how children's learning and development can be affected by their stage of development and individual circumstances
- Ensure plans fully reflect the stage of development, individual needs and circumstances of children and providing consistent care and responding quickly to the needs of the child.
What is required?
Care and compassion
Honesty, trust and integrity while working as part of a team
- Commitment to working in a non-discriminatory way whilst promoting British Values.
(Work Experience is approximately 65 days in placement, only arranged by the College)
General Information (materials required for the course): We recommend you purchase the following items and would ask you to be prepared to pay these costs when you enrol with us in September:
- £15 (approximately) - Uniform (polo shirt)
- £25 - stationery
- DBS - cost TBC
Progression and Career Opportunities
The Level 2 Diploma for the Early Years Practitioner is a licence to practice and therefore upon achievement of this qualification, you can progress into various job roles in the statutory, voluntary or private sectors, such as:
- Nursery assistant
- Classroom assistant
- Pre-school assistant
- The Level 2 Diploma qualification also allows progression onto the Level 3 Early Years Educator qualifications and other Level 3 qualifications.
- The Level 2 Award in Child Development and Care is not a licence to practice so students are expected to progress onto the Level 2 Diploma.
Entry Requirements for new students
For the Diploma (Licence to Practice) - students will need either GCSE maths or English at grade 4 in addition to three others at grade 3, including maths or English. The Level 2 Award in Child Development and Care requires 4 GCSEs at Grade 3 including English and maths.
This course requires you to be in a work placement as part of your training, building up a Personal Placement Record. This means you will be working with children and therefore need to gain clearance from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). If you apply for this course, details of how to apply for your DBS will be sent to you.
We recommend that you attend one of our exciting open events so that you can look around the department, the college and meet the tutors. You are welcome to do this before or after you apply. These events have proved very successful in ensuring students and their families see the best of what the college has to offer such as our inspirational teaching areas, teachers, library facilities and places to eat.
Once you have applied our experienced Enrolment Team will consider your application carefully and will let you know, by email, if the College would like to make you a conditional offer based on you meeting the specified entry requirements. If your predicted grades or career aims suggest that an alternative subject area or course level would be more appropriate for you at this stage, we will contact you either by telephone, email or text. If you have told us that you have some additional support needs we will contact you to find out more so that we can help you.