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This qualification will give you experience working with children, observing them and planning for their progression.
You will gain experience working in early years settings which will equip you to enter the sector.
This is one of very few qualifications that enables you direct entrance to the workforce and into university.
What Will I Learn?
This Diploma is comprised of 15 mandatory units which cover the following key subject areas:
- Child development from conception to seven years
- Children’s health and wellbeing
- Providing safe environments for children
- Child health
- Play and learning
- Childrens’ additional needs
- Observation, assessment and planning
- Emergent literacy
- Emergent mathematics
- Preparing for school readiness
- International perspectives on childcare and education
- Reflective practice for professional development
- Professional partnerships in early years
- Two competence-based Professional Practice Portfolios covering the above areas.
Students will also complete 2 controlled assessments, one in each year. There are no examinations on this course. All students will need to complete all of the units to complete the full Diploma.
You will be required to complete 750 hours of work placement which is also an important part of the assessment. The College will find placements for you in a variety of settings covering birth to seven years. You will be involved in charity events, numerous visits, and team building events will be held during the course to enrich your overall experience.
Where Will It Take Me?
This qualification gives learners a direct entry into the sector as Early Years Educators, enabling them to go directly into practice in roles such as Pre-school worker, home based child carer, assistants in Children’s Centres or practitioners in nurseries and/or reception classes in a primary school.
Alternatively, learners can progress onto higher education as it also carries 72 – 168 UCAS tariff points dependent upon final grade achieved.
Learners must be at least 16 years old, ideally already hold 4 GCSE’s at Grade 4 or above to include either English and/or Maths and have a clear DBS.
Awarding Body: NCFE/Cache
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