What is the course about?
The purpose of this course is to prepare you to work with children between birth and five years, with knowledge of children up to seven years. You will learn the knowledge and theory of childhood learning in taught sessions and gain practical skills in a work placement. Leaners can also continue their study onto the level 3 Early Years Educator Award. This course will be held at one of our accessible offsite locations in Kilburn.
What will we cover?
The qualification is made up of mandatory and optional units, all contributing to a final assessed portfolio.
Mandatory units include:
Supporting physical care routines for children
An introduction to the role of the early years practitioner
Understand how to work in partnership
Understand legislation relating to the safeguarding, protection and welfare of children
Understand how to meet the needs of the developing child
Supporting children's play
Use observation, assessment and planning
Engage in professional development.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
Observe and assess children's developmental needs and plan appropriate experiences for them.
Work with others in an education or care setting to meet the needs of the children.
Work in a way that safeguards and protects children's welfare; following procedures of various environments.
Use knowledge and theory of child development to inform your professional practice.
Complete written work to a high standard, including current research in this area.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is a level 2 course. As part of our entry requirements you must complete a literacy assessment to a minimum of level 1. It is not a requirement to have any previous childcare experience, however it will be an advantage if you have completed a level 1 childcare course or have had experience of working with children.
This is an intensive course requiring the minimum of 8 hours study per week in addition to classes.
You are required to have a current DBS certificate. If you haven't got one we can apply for a check for you.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Please note this course will be taught offsite. You will be required to attend class one day a week and a work placement two days, which you need to organise yourself.
Classes will consist of taught lessons, group discussions, quizzes, role-play, DVD resources, research activities and independent work.
You will be required to build a portfolio of knowledge through written assignments, work products, professional discussion, oral and written questions and through direct observation in your workplace, carried out by a qualified assessor. Your assessor will visit you three times during the award, one each term.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
All materials are supplied for this course. You should bring a folder for your courses materials and a black pen. You will need to complete and pay for a DBS check (criminal record check) in order to carry out your work placement.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
On successful completion of this course you could apply for a level 3 childcare qualification in other colleges across London. Many learners complete this course and achieve paid employment with their work placement. You are also able to apply for jobs as a nursery assistant in the private sector. You can expect a salary of up to £20,000 as a nursery assistant in London.
General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details