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Study Programme - Childcare & Early Years Education Level 1, 2 & 3

Course Name 
Study Programme - Childcare & Early Years Education Level 1, 2 & 3Available for applications
Course Details
Location Wakefield College
Location Castleford College
Level Level 1
Level Level 2
Level Level 3
Start Date September
Duration 1 year: Level 1 and 2 
2 years: Level 3
Mode of Study Full time
Awarding Body CACHE
Progression within Wakefield College Yes
Residential No
Day Trips Yes
Opportunity for Placement Yes
Mandatory Placement Yes
Course Overview

This study programme is designed to give you the knowledge and skills needed to support the care and education of babies and young children in a day nursery or school.

The programme is aimed at learners who are thinking of working in childcare either in a nursery or a school or who are aiming to progress into higher education to complete an early years or primary education degree.

When studying at levels 2 and 3 you will be in college for part of the week and on placement in a nursery or primary school for one or two days each week. At level 1 you will be in college between 3 and 4 days with organised visits to settings.

The programme will help you to understand your own personal and social development, including how to behave professionally. It is very important that learners are able to manage their own behaviour and follow the college rules, as young children learn how to behave from the people around them, so we must be positive role models when working with children.

Successful completion of level 3 Childcare and Education gives licence to practice in an early years setting and up to 168 UCAS points

Future Career and Earning Potentials:
Nursey Worker £14K-£24K
Nursey Manager £23K-£32K
Playworker £12K-£30K
Teaching Assistant £11K-£23K
Early Years Teacher £25K-£36K
(Source: National Careers Service)

Please Note: Work placement opportunities will be available at all Levels

What you will Study

This study programme will cover a range of the topics and units at each level, some of which are listed below:

Level 1
• Sharing learning experiences with children
• Health and safety with young children
• Understanding learning and development through play
• Growth and development of young children
• Safeguarding children and young people

Level 2 -
• Supporting children's play
• Healthy lifestyles for children
• Observation, Assessment and Planning
• Young children’s development.
• The importance of play for children

Level 3
• Children's health and wellbeing
• Development (conception to age 7 years)
• Working professionally with young children
• Supporting children with additional needs
• Emergent maths and Emergent literacy
• International perspectives

How you will Learn Your learning will take place through a wide range of activities including written assignments (including leaflet and poster making), practical activities, discussions, visiting speakers, tutor presentations, group work, workshops, creating materials and resources, and practical experience in both the classroom and if appropriate within an Early Years setting.
How you will be Assessed

You will be assessed to make sure you understand what you have been taught, through completing workbooks, writing essays, producing leaflets, answering questions or through presentation and practical tasks in the classroom. You will be set between 4- and 8-hours homework each week, depending on the level of course.

Level 3 work will be assessed through assignments, presentations, posters, leaflets and two externally marked, controlled assessments. The course includes a mandatory placement in year 1 and year 2 of the course. Whilst in placement observations will be carried out by the workplace assessor.

Entry Requirements

To be accepted onto a childcare course you will require a good reference from your previous school showing a positive attitude and good attendance.

Level 1
No formal entry requirements.

Level 2
4 GCSEs at grade 9-3, one will be either English or maths.

Level 3
5 GCSEs at grade 9-4 including English and maths

If you have achieved a Level 5 or above in Maths, English and Science along with 2 other GCSEs you may be eligible for the T-level in Education and Childcare

Attendance Expectations As a full-time student you will be expected to attend all classes as shown on your timetable. When on placement you MUST attend all the required placement days as this is part of the course. Full-time students will be expected to attend group tutorial and study skill classes.
Attendance - Please note

This is part of a full-time study programme.

It may be available as a standalone fee paying course that is not part of a full-time study programme subject to sufficient interest. For further information call the Course Information Team on 01924 789111.

Fee Information

Tuition and certification are free if you are aged 16-18. Related additional costs may include materials, equipment, visits, and residentials, which are payable by all students.

Any student registered with an Awarding Body who has been given free entry and subsequently withdraws or is withdrawn by a tutor will incur the certification fee associated with the course. Any re-sit examination will incur a cost.

Different fees apply to international/overseas students and those studying this qualification as a standalone course.

For more detailed information on financial support please contact the Financial Support Team on 01924 789304.

Additional Course Costs

For all courses, there is an additional cost  of £100 payable at the start of the course This will comprise of a £45 charge, payable upon enrolment,  for a DBS (criminal records check) to allow learners to attend work placement. In addition to this all learners are required to wear a Wakefield College polo shirt whilst in placement, these are approximately £7.50 and are ordered online. Throughout the year we also organise trips, costing around £30 per year. Lastly, an essential list of stationary will be required costing around £10.

eBooks are available free of charge for the programme.

Further Study On successful completion and with the required English and maths grades you can progress through the levels.
After successful completion Level 3 students have progressed on to a Degree or Foundation Degree course in a related subject such as primary education, qualified teacher status, (early years or primary school
teaching) play worker or family services related degrees.
Wakefield College offers a Foundation Degree in Young Children’s Learning and Development and a BA in Early Years.
Career Opportunities The Early Years Educator Diploma qualification gives you licence to practice in a supervisory capacity in a range of settings including nurseries, schools, day nurseries, family centres, private families and hospitals.
Potential job roles include: Early Years Educator within education or care, children's nanny, child minder, children's representative abroad or on cruise ships.
Please note if you are considering a career in primary teaching, most universities require GCSE at grade 4 or above in Maths and English, plus Science at grade 4 or above.
How to Apply

Please complete a full-time application form.

If you require an application form or details on how to enrol, please contact Course Information on 01924 789111.

For Further Details

Please contact the Childcare Team on 01924 789284 Wakefield City Campus or 01924 789498 Castleford Campus.

Alternatively, contact Course Information on 01924 789111.

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Information last amended: 30 September 2022 12:59

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