This is a part time, 1 year programme. This course requires you to attend college one evening per week and you will need to attend your early years placement setting for a minimum of 200 hours (1 day a week). This qualification is designed to help learners build the knowledge and skills needed when working under supervision with children and young people from birth to 19 years of age. Throughout the course you will develop a range of skills and knowledge preparing you for progression into employment within the early years sector. Units are assessed internally by subject specialist teachers and assessors. There are no exams on this course. Over the 1 year duration of this course, you will cover a variety of topics that link to working within early years.
Some of the topics covered are:
● Child and young person development
● Safeguarding the welfare of children and young people
● Support positive environments for children and young people.
This course is for learners who would like to work with children in an early years setting, working with children and young people from birth-19 years, as an assistant in pre-school, day nursery or nursery schools. On this 1 year course, you will develop your skill set, exploring the roles and responsibilities and possible career progression routes. You will develop the core skills required for working in an early years setting.
You are required to have a disclosure and barring service check (DBS); this allows you to access the work experience that is required to develop your skills within a school setting.
As part of the course you will be required to attend a mandatory placement, one day a week, working within an early years setting. A dedicated placement assessor will support you while you gain hands-on work based industry skills; this allows you to gain a real life insight into the sector.
Alongside the course, you will also attend visits and trips to support and enhance your classroom delivery.
Subject teachers have industry experience which is shared with learners. This provides a stimulating learning environment and promotes positive learning. The course will also help develop those all-important employability skills that will help you decide on your career path.
Learners should have 4 GCSEs at grade 3 or above or equivalent, such as Level 1 qualification.
You will be interviewed by the subject teachers and should be enthusiastic about working with children and young people. You have the opportunity to re-sit your English and maths alongside your Supporting Teaching and Learning course (If you do not already have grade 4)
You will be assessed through a variety of assessment methods including discussions, role play, case studies, presentations and written work. All work is assessed internally by the subject teachers with the course being graded as pass/fail. Throughout the year, learners will be observed in placement by a qualified assessor. This will be conducted to assure each learner is competent in working within an early years setting.
On successful completion of this qualification you can progress onto:
● Supporting teaching and learning in schools and colleges, Level 3 (Advanced).
● Diploma for children and young people’s workforce, Level 3 (Advanced)
● Employment opportunities working with children.
● Voluntary roles within childcare provision.