Course Title NCFE CACHE Level 2 Certificate in an Introduction to Early Years Education and Care
Level: 2
Code Y527

Overview of the Course

This qualification is designed to help you build the skills needed when working with children from birth up to five years. It gives you a professional qualification to work under supervision in a range of job roles in a childcare environment e.g. day nurseries and schools. You will need to be a reliable, enthusiastic person with sensitivity to the needs of children. You should enjoy working with children and be willing to work hard.

What are the career opportunities?

Carreer oppotunities include employment in a range of Childcare environments including; day nurseries, schools and holiday clubs. You may also chose progression onto the NCFE CACHE Level 3 Early Years Educator (classroom based) or the Level 3 Early Years Educator via an apprenticeship.

What are the entry requirements?

Four or more GCSEs at point A*-D (9-3) including English or a pass at Level 1 and a pass in functional skills. Clear DBS check which you can apply for during enrolment.

How long is the course and when can I start?

The course begins in September and lasts for one year.

How is the course structured and how will I be assessed?

You will alternate between college and placement on a week in and week out basis. One day each week will be allocated to study English and maths, in order to achieve a grade C for future progression. Each unit, there are 16 in total, will have a series of written tasks and your practical skills will be assessed throughout your work placements. Topics will include: Introduction to the role of the Early Years Practitioner, Legislation framework and professional practice, Play development and learning for school readiness, Professional development.

What employability skills will I develop on this course?

To be successful in a childcare career you will need to have confidence in building relationships with adults and children and enjoy being part of a team. You will also be good at using your initiative and following instructions to maintain the welfare and safety of children. English and communication skills are particularly important, you need to be able to listen carefully to identify the needs of children, respond effectively to questions in an open and friendly manner and maintain written records, activity plans and observations.

Work experience

50% of the course experience and assessment will be in a work placement. You will obtain experience of working with children from birth up to the age of five in various settings.

Study programme enrichment opportunities

Your Childcare Study Programme will support personal development to ensure you make good progress and acquire the skills required for successful progression to employment, an apprenticeship or higher education. You will have the opportunity to take part in fundraising events, sport and fitness activities, course related study visits and careers events.

Are there any additional costs or requirements?

A booklist is available for this Study Programme. The total cost of books is approximately £30 (also available to loan from the library). There is also an optional childcare uniform, which you may like to purchase.

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