Childcare: level 2 diploma for the early years practitioner

Course Dates: 21/01/20 - 10/11/20
Time: 09:30 - 15:00
Location: Sidings Community Centre

Are you interested in a career working with children in an education or care setting? This course can help you progress into various jobs in the statutory, private or voluntary sector, in roles such as: nursery assistant, teaching assistant or crèche worker. You will attend college one day a week and placement 2 days. This is an intensive course and we recommend that you complete the level 1 Award in caring for children or other level 1 qualification before you take on this commitment.

This course is FREE if one of the following applies:

a) You are employed and earn less than £20,572.50 . You need to have lived in the UK or EU for the last 3 years and be a citizen of the UK or a country within the EU. You may also be eligible for this funding in other circumstances. When you come for assessment or enrolment, bring a pay slip dated within 3 months of the course start date, or a current employment contract that shows your gross salary. OR

b) You are either on Jobseekers' Allowance or Employment & Support Allowance (WRAG). Please bring proof of income to your assessment or enrolment. OR

c) You receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit), earn less than £338 a month (individual claims) or £541 a month (household claims) and are doing the course to become employed or move into more sustainable employment.

Call 020 7831 7831 for more information.


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.

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Course Code: ZCH02

Tue, day, 21 Jan - 10 Nov '20

Duration: 31 sessions (over 43 weeks)

Full fee: £929.00
Senior fee: £929.00
Concession: £0.00

Before booking on this course, please register or log in to your account to complete a short online assessment. We need you to do this to check that this course is the right level for you.
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