This course helps prepare you to work with children between birth and five years. You'll also learn about children up to seven years. You'll have to do 250 hours of work placements in a range of childcare settings, this means two days a week will be in a real-world setting. Alongside your work placement, you'll hear from different professionals, including nursery managers and teachers, to help you understand the needs, pressures and skills involved in working within early years.
- The role of the early years practitioner
- Legislation relating to safeguarding, protection and welfare of children
- How to plan to meet the needs of the developing child
- Supporting children's play and development
- A child's needs in preparing for school
- Observation, assessment and planning.
You'll be assessed in your work placement to focus on your practical skills. You'll also complete internally assessed assignments with practical and theoretical activities focusing on real work situations.
Three GCSEs A*-D/9-3 including English and maths OR a relevant Level 1 qualification plus English and maths assessed by us to be at an appropriate level.
You'll need to buy some appropriate childcare books and you'll get information on this at interview or enrolment. You'll also need to pay for your Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check which you'll need for your work placement.
Find a job or an apprenticeship or move on to our full-time Level 3 diploma in childcare to boost your career prospects.
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I enrolled on the Childcare Level 1 course in September 2016, managed to complete the Certificate in Childcare Level 2 in July 2017 after an intensive six months’ course and I will be completing the Level 3 Childcare in 2018 whilst also juggling my family commitments with four children and doing some night shifts in a residential care home.
I am very grateful for having had the chance to join the courses and ultimately want to open up my own nursery setting once I have gained more experience in the field.