This course is a 2-year programme designed to give students years. This programme is designed to help you build the knowledge and childcare skills needed when working with children and young people from birth to eight years. It is aimed at those who wish to work, or are working at an unsupervised level in the children and young people’s workforce in England. The programme will prepare you to work in a wide range of settings, with different professionals and volunteers who provide services for children and their families.
What Will You Study:
There are 3 Mandatory units and 1 optional. Students will be required to produce a portfolio of coursework with will be externally moderated. The Units of study may include:
Unit 1 Children’s Development
In this unit, you will learn about theories and models of development that explain how and why children develop and how this relates to the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). You will develop an understanding of a range of factors that may influence children’s development, and consider the short- and long-term effects on their development.
Unit 2 Development of Children’s Communication, Literacy and Numeracy Skills
In this unit, you will learn the sequence of children’s speech, communication, language, literacy and numeracy skills development. You will plan stage appropriate activities that encourage children’s
development and understanding by stimulating their enthusiasm, and using exciting and interesting ways to enable them to find out more.
Unit 3 Play and Learning
In this unit, you will learn about the types of play and the opportunities that should be made available to children at different ages and stages of development. You will consider why play is so important and how it supports children’s learning and development. There are a number of
important theoretical perspectives, philosophies and curriculum approaches to play that have been developed over many years. You will investigate these approaches and consider how they continue
to influence practice in early years settings. You will explore the skills that are essential for early years professionals and show that you can apply your own skills to support purposeful play and learning experiences. To complete the assessment task within this unit, you will need to draw on your learning from across your programme.
Unit 5 Keeping Children Safe
In this unit, you will look at the legislation, regulations and guidance relevant to health, safety and safeguarding. You will investigate approaches to creating safe and secure environments and policies
and procedures to control and prevent the spread of infection. You will learn about types of abuse and how to recognise the signs that a child is at risk. It is important that you know how to safeguard children, including ways to empower them so that they become confident in protecting themselves. You also need to know correct procedure for responding to concerns about abuse. You will learn how to recognise hazards, assess health and safety risks and respond to emergency
situations in your own work placement setting. It is strongly recommended that you successfully complete a recognised paediatric first-aid course if you wish to gain employment in the early years
sector. To complete the assessment task within this unit, you will need to draw on your learning from across your programme.
This course is a combination of examination, externally set and assessed units and internally set and assessed units.
• Unit 1 Children’s Development (1hr 45 external examination)
• Unit 2 Development of Children’s Communication, Literacy and Numeracy Skills (3hr Controlled Assessment)
• Unit 3 Play and Learning (Internal Coursework)
• Unit 5 Keeping Children Safe (Internal Coursework)
Practical work-based training forms a large part of this programme. You are required to undertake a minimum of 50 placement hours in a minimum of one setting. You will complete a Practical Evidence Portfolio to evidence you time in placement.
Minimum grade 4 in GCSE English & Maths plus at least Level 2 Merit in a relevant qualification
Students who follow this path may continue on to higher education courses, not necessarily in Child Care related subjects, work apprenticeships or directly into the work place. Careers students can go into include: Health Worker, Social Worker, Teacher, Midwife, Childminder, Nursing.