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Certificate in Child Care and Education at Vandyke Upper School and Community College

Course description

This course is designed for those students who want to work with children in early years settings. It is split into three stages; Award, Certificate and Diploma.


The Award comprises of two units;

An Introduction to Working with Children

The Developing Child


The Certificate comprises of the above two units and;

Safe, Healthy and Nurturing Environments for Children

Children and Play

Communication and Professional skills within Child Care and Education


The Diploma all of the above and;

The Child Care Practitioner in the Workplace

Working with Children from Birth to Age 5 years.


It is expected that most students will progress through the Award and Certificate to complete the Diploma in order to be able to practice as an early years practitioner (in a supervised role) or progress onto advanced courses (see below for further details).


Entry requirements

A minimum of 2 GCSEs at D.


Coursework is carried out in lessons, home and work experience


Units 1, 2, 4, 5 and 7 have assessment tasks set by the awarding body.


Assessments tasks vary in presentation and word limits depending on the nature of the work.


Unit 6 has a practical, vocational practice based assessment.

Unit 3 is assessed by a multiple choice question paper.

Future opportunities

There are many opportunities following successful completion of this course including:

Work in a supervised role in child care settings, for example, nursery assistant, pre-school assistant, crche assistant, parent/toddler group assistant, playgroup assistant.

Further studies (depending on grades achieved) such as, GCE in A level Health and Social Care (offered at Vandyke school)

Level 3 Award/Certificate/Diploma Child Care Course (application needed to a college of further education)

The Diploma Stage is equivalent to 5 GCSEs A* to C.


How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Vandyke Upper School and Community College directly.

Last updated date: 26 May 2015
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