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 a level 3 qualification studied over a two-year programme.
The course 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. The course is for those wishing to work in a specialised field of employment in the 0-8 years age range or continue to higher education.
Practical work-based training forms a large part of this programme. You are required to undertake a minimum of 750 placement hours in a minimum of three different settings, covering the age groups 0-2, 2-5 and 5-8. You will also complete a Practical Evidence Portfolio. You will also engage in activities to develop your English, maths and employability skills.
Practical work based training forms a large part of this programme. Theoretical work includes the following modules of study, and several optional modules that are not listed:
You are required to undertake a minimum of 750 placement hours in a minimum of three different settings, covering the age groups 0-2, 2-5 and 5-8. You will also complete a Practical Evidence Portfolio.
Some units will be internally assessed, using a range of methods; others will be assessed externally and by exam.
*Please note there is a charge of £44 for a DBS check.
This qualification enjoys an excellent reputation for its suitability across the whole spectrum of childcare employment including teaching, children’s centres, day nurseries, schools and social work, special needs and play therapists.
On successful completion of this course you may progress to study for a degree in areas such as social work, primary school teaching or early years.
|Duration||Two Years: Year 1: Foundation Diploma | Year 2: Extended Diploma|
|Start Date||September 2022 - Applications open on 1st October 2021|
|Fee(s)||16-18 year olds: Free|
19+: £7,395* (This fee covers the full two-year course)
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