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This course enables you to gain the knowledge and experience which will allow you to work with children from birth to five years.
Your learning may include:
The course will give you Early Years Educator status which is required to work in early years settings.
Assessment is through a portfolio of evidence using a range of assessment methods. These may include individual research, project work, presentations and written assignments. There will be a task-based controlled assessment and extended assessments. This gives the opportunity for different learning styles and individual needs to be taken into account. A crucial element of the course is 750 hours of work placements in a variety of settings over the two years of study.
On successful completion you could progress to a Foundation Degree or BA (Hons) in Early Childhood Studies at University Centre Somerset, or a degree in primary education teaching, social work, speech and language therapy or special education. Alternatively, you could find employment as an Early Years Educator, Classroom Assistant, Child Minder or Nanny.
|Course Title||Childcare and Education Diploma Level 3|
You need five GCSEs in the 9 to 4 range including English and maths, or a Level 2 qualification in early years at Merit grade. It is important you have a good level of spoken and written English. If you wish to progress to primary school teaching you need GCSE science at grade 4 or above.
You will be required to attend an interview and have completed at least one week of relevant work experience (eg. in a nursery or primary school). An enhanced DBS certificate is also required.
I didn’t know anyone when I started but quickly make new friendships and have gained in confidence. The work experience helped with that, as well as the staff being really supportive.
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