This course is five days a week – two of which are spent on work placement. If you want to work with children and are able to work practically as well as in a classroom setting, this is the perfect course for you. It’s an introduction to the role of an early years practitioner, supporting children’s play and development. You will need to complete a minimum of 250 placement hours (approximately 42 days). The course includes roles and responsibilities of the early years practitioner, health and safety of babies and young children in the early years, equality, diversity and inclusive practice in early years settings, and safeguarding protection and welfare of babies and young children in early years settings. GCSE/functional skills maths and English can be taken with this course.
– Roles and responsibilities of the early years practitioner
– Health and safety of babies and young children in the early years
– Equality, diversity and inclusive practice
– Safeguarding, protection and welfare of babies and young children
– Understand how to support children’s development
– Support care routines for babies and young children
– Support the planning and delivery of activities, purposeful play opportunities and educational programmes
– Promote play
– Support wellbeing of babies and young children for healthy lifestyles
– Support babies and young children to be physically active
– Support the needs of babies and young children with Special Educational Needs and Disability
– Promote positive behaviour
– Partnership working in the early years
– Support the needs of the child in preparing for school
Work placement opportunities:
Local nurseries and primary schools including SEN schools.
Progressing to: Level 3 childcare or supporting teaching and learning studies, or jobs at day nurseries, nursery schools, or primary school reception classes
Aspirational careers: Nursery play assistant, school or nursery teacher, paediatric nurse
5 GCSEs at grade 3 or higher, and a clean DBS check
You will need to have a DBS check (fully funded by the college) so please collate all the evidence needed prior to starting the course. As part of our enrichment you will receive talks from guest speakers and former students. We also take students on trips and these can be fully funded depending on your household’s income. Trips include going to forest school, Children’s Library, Disneyland Paris, London as well as trips to local pantomimes. We also like to fundraise and complete activities throughtout the year to support this. We do ask all students to purchase a branded polo shirt for placement and there is an optional hooded sweatshirt.