The aim of this qualification is to prepare learners to work with children between birth and five years, with knowledge of children up to seven years. This qualification covers a range of key subject areas that provide learners with the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to care for and educate children aged between 0 and 11 years 11 months old. It has been designed to support learners to progress onto level 3 qualifications across a number of sectors, including the early years educator sector.
This qualification is suitable for learners aged 16 or above who wish to progress onto further education or into the workplace. The course will be completed after one year and studied on a full time basis, two days per week will be spent in college, for the remaining three days you will be allocated a work placement in a foundation setting in a local school setting.
Whilst studying for this programme you will gain the opportunity to resit Maths and English as current guidelines set by the government require staff who have registered for a qualification since 1 September 2014 to have a suitable level 2 literacy and numeracy qualifications to count towards the EYFS staff:child ratios at level 3, in this case being a level 4 in both Maths and English.
What will I study?
During the year you will study several units including the following:
- Child development from birth to 11 years 11 months
The aim of this unit is to explore stages and sequences of holistic development for children from birth to 11 years 11 months.
- Play and learning
The aim of this unit is to consider play, and the value of play to holistic development and learning in childhood.
- Exploring Legislation
The aim of this unit is to explore legislation relevant to the care and welfare of young children.
- The role of the practitioner
The aim of this unit is to introduce what is meant by professional practice as a member of staff in an early years setting
The aim of this unit is to consider the role of nutrition in relation to children’s health and well-being.
- Physical development and physical activity
The aim of this unit is to consider the role of physical activity in children’s physical development and in relation to holistic health and well-being.
How will I be assessed?
To gain this qualification, learners must achieve a minimum of a Pass grade in each of the six mandatory units. These units will be internally assessed and graded Pass, Merit or Distinction.
In addition, learners will need to complete:
- A Professional Skills Record. This will be completed over a minimum of 120 hours of placement in a real work environment. Placements will be arranged by sixth form.This qualification has a minimum requirement of 120 work placement hours. However, we recommend learners undertake at least 200 hours of work placement.
- A synoptic short answer examination, which will be undertaken at the end of the qualification. This will be externally set and assessed, and will be graded Pass, Merit or Distinction.
All assignments are marked and graded by your tutors. There will be an element of practically assessed tasks which you will be observed on in a real work setting which we will arrange. There are no examinations for this subject.
Where can it lead?
On successful completion of this qualification in all areas this qualification allows progression onto Level 3 Early Years Educator qualifications and other Level 3 qualifications relating to Childcare, Health and Social Care or Supporting Teaching and Learning.
Learners can progress in the workplace in a variety of job roles, such as:
- Nursery Assistant
- Classroom Assistant
- Preschool Assistant
Mrs J Armstrong
Miss M Cooke – Faculty Leader
Mrs N Robinson
Miss T Eyre