This is a 1 year full time course.
About the course
This course is designed to develop your understanding of the skills and knowledge needed to care for young children.
You study an introduction to working with children, understanding children's individual needs and how to treat them fairly. You will also gain an insight into your preferred learning style. The developing child unit will introduce you to ways of observing children so that you can support development through appropriate activities and care routines. You will also learn how to work with children when they move from one setting to another.
A safe, healthy and nurturing environment for children covers the preparation and maintenance of a safe environment and how to safeguard children and adults through working practices. You will also consider your role in managing conflict when working with children. Children and play focuses on the importance of play in children's development. You will learn about the stages and types of play and how you can provide appropriate activities to support development through play. There will be an opportunity to consider your developing knowledge, to think about how you can improve your practice and set targets for your own professional development.
On placement you will learn about the professional standards and how to apply these. There will also be the opportunity to observe development and to carry out planned play activities. Attendance in college and on your placement is a compulsory part of the course and essential for assessment.
You will be required to study functional skills or GCSE English and Maths if you do not already hold a minimum of GCSE grade 4. (Many universities and employers ask for a minimum of GCSE grade 4 in both maths and English).
You will have the opportunity to undertake Forest Schools training (Outdoor education activities) and Human Trafficking awareness training, attend education trade exhibitions and help charity fund raising.
There is a compulsory placement as part of this course.
Will the course suit me?
In order to be successful on this course, you will need to be interested in child care and in the welfare of children. Simply liking children is not enough; you will need to be ready to work with groups of children in an educational setting. You will need good attendance and punctuality, and should be motivated and prepared to learn.
NCFE CACHE Level 2 Award/ Certificate/ Diploma in Working with Children in Early Years and Primary Settings
The course will involve a combination of practical and written activities. You will be assessed by assignments and one externally-marked question paper. You will be set homework and will need to work in your own time in order to succeed on the course. While you are on placement, you will be visited, observed and assessed while undertaking your duties.
3 GCSEs at grade 3 or above including Maths at grade 3 and English Language at grade 4 plus a DBS check.