If you would like to train as an Early Years worker in a nursery or early years setting, then this course is ideal for you. The aim of this qualification is to provide learners with the knowledge and understanding of working with babies and young children aged 0-5 years. Your study will include: learning about child development, safeguarding, Health and Safety, equality and inclusion, positive environments, healthy lifestyles and working partnerships.
You should have a qualification in English at Level 2 (equivalent to GCSE A-C or Level 2 Functional Skills) and in Maths at Level 1 (equivalent to GCSE at D-G or Level 1 Functional Skills). Initial assessment for this course will determine what level you are working at and it may be recommended that you study English or Maths alongside this qualification. You will need to find a one day a week placement in an early years setting. Good knowledge of IT is desirable as you will be conducting internet research, preparing reports using Word, submitting assignments using Google Classroom and emailing attachments. A passion for working with children and supporting childrens learning through play is essential. You will be required to complete a DBS check for your placement.
There are 11 mandatory units plus three optional units, which are directly mapped to the national occupational standards. You are expected to complete a portfolio of written evidence to show your knowledge and understanding. You will also be observed in the workplace to demonstrate practical application of your learning. You must complete all written and practical tasks in order to pass. By the end of the course, you may be able to apply for paid work as an assistant in an early years setting. In most cases, however, you will need to complete a further Level 3 Qualification in childcare in order to work in an unsupervised capacity.
Teaching and Learning Methods
Teaching methods are varied and include lecture, discussion, group work, field trips, video, presentations and role play. All resources used within each lesson are available and you will submit most of your coursework via Google Classroom In addition to the classes you will be expected to do over 8 hours of home study per week. Coursework submissions will be required to be in an electronic format so you will need access to a computer at home, or outside of the classroom.
In addition to the classes you will be expected to do over 5 hours of home study per week. Coursework submissions will be required to be in an electronic format so you will need access to a computer at home, or outside of the classroom.
Your work will be marked regularly by your tutor, who will give you constructive feedback on how to improve. Your tutor will also arrange for you to be observed for one hour in your work placement. Please note you will need to pass both the portfolio and workplace-observation elements of the course, in order to achieve the full L2 qualification. Successful completion of this course will give you a NCFE CACHE Level 2 Diploma for the Early years Practitioner.
Qualification you will achieve
Successful completion of this course will give you a NCFE CACHE Level 2 Diploma for the Early years Practitioner
Next Steps and Progression
Supporting Teaching and Learning Level 3, Early Years Educator (Childcare) Level 3, GCSE English or GCSE Maths, paid or voluntary work in an early years setting.
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Additional Learning Support
Additional Learning Support (ALS) is available for this course and is subject to an assessment with a member of our support staff. ALS may include one or more of the following: support in classes, out of class in small groups, workshops or 1:1 with a specialist tutor. Reasonable adjustments including assistive equipment and also access support can be made available through our Disability Officer. Please let us know as soon as possible about your learning needs and/or disabilities so we can arrange support at the earliest opportunity. Teachers are supported to ensure their materials are inclusive to meet all learners needs. Digital Learning support is available in the Learning Centre at our Camden site. Careers and employability advice and guidance is also available to all learners.
WM College is able to provide financial support for some course fees. You may be eligible based on prior qualifications, if you are on a low income or benefits. For more information and to find out if you are eligible, view our Fees & Finance page on our website or contact the Learner Services team via Live Chat or on 020 7255 4700.