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Childcare Level 3 at Sheffield College

Course description

This course is designed to give you the knowledge; understanding and practical skills needed for employment in early years settings. It is ideal for learners who would like to work with children and their families, in a variety of different early years settings, for example day care, nursery, out of school care and schools.

The course prepares you directly for employment working with children as it awards learners with a licence to practice within the Early Years sector and leads to the achievement of Early Years Educator status. This licence is needed for working in a variety of settings. This is the recommended level of qualification required to undertake such roles as working with children under 8 as a Keyworker or Nursery Assistant in an Early Years Foundation Stage setting or as a Teaching Assistant in a Reception class in Primary school.

This course provides you with the knowledge, skills and practical experience to pursue a career within the Early Years sector and will provide you with a good foundation for many degree courses. You will learn about child development, play, physical care needs and health and safety as well as developing study skills, self- confidence and communication skills through group work, role plays, presentations and work experience.

The Level 3 National Extended Diploma is made up of a number of units of study, these include:

Child Development, Play and Learning, Meeting Children's Physical Development, Physical Care and Health Needs,  Health and Safety in Early Years Settings, Working With Parents and Others in Early Years, Supporting Children's Speech, Communication and Language, Supporting Children's Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Safeguarding in Early Years, Observation, Assessment and Planning, Supporting Children's Literacy and Numeracy Development,  Reflective Practice and The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).

And choice of options such as: Working With Children Who Have Additional Needs, Supporting Children's Imaginative Play, Cooking Activities With Children, Supporting Children's Creativity, Promoting Children's Development Outdoors

Course Enrichment

Course enrichment activities include trips, visits, residential courses and presentations by guest speakers. Child Care professionals come in to college to work with you on practical assessments and activities. You also have the opportunity to study for additional awards such as emergency first aid at work.

The cost of any trips and visits are kept to a minimum. You may be entitled to help from the college’s Learner Support Fund with the cost of trips, visits, DBS check and anything else you need to buy for your course.

Work Experience

 

Work experience is an invaluable part of your study programme and will help to guarantee that you are fully prepared for the working environment on completion of your studies. Many, if not all of employers and Higher Education providers will expect that learners have successfully completed work experience in a vocationally related area, in order to be offered employment or progression on to a higher level course of study. 

 

A work experience placement of two days a week is a compulsory part of this your course and also forms part of many course assessments within your college study programme. We will discuss your placement with you and take into account where you live and what career you would like to do in the future. Students usually work in settings such as nurseries and schools.

A DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check is required for students going on work placements and will be carried out at the start of the course. Students will need to pay for this and the cost is approximately £52.00.

Staff and Facilities

At the Sheffield College you will learn from highly qualified staff with a range of academic and child care work related backgrounds. Students also benefit from our strong partnerships with local child care employers.

The Sheffield College has excellent facilities for child care students, which include well equipped learning areas, a creative practice room, a fully operational kitchen and a simulated nursery room.

Will the course suit me?

This course is ideal motivated, enthusiastic people interested in a career working with children or who wish to progress on to university. It is also ideally suited for students aiming to go on to Higher Education to gain a degree for careers such as primary teaching or social work.

 

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs at Grade 4 or above including English Language & Maths plus DBS check

Assessment

The course will be assessed by assignments and portfolios, which are internally marked, with some externally marked assessments. You will be set homework and will need to be prepared to work in your own time, as this is an essential part of your success. While you are on placement, you will be visited, observed and assessed undertaking your duties. This forms part of your overall assessment.

Financial information

Money

At The Sheffield College we will always do our best to support you through your studies, to make them as stress free as possible. We have a specialist support team who can give you all the advice you need on all things financial, including what might be available to you, so that you don’t go short and you can concentrate all your efforts into your studies.

Free meals

If you meet the eligibility criteria we’ll be able to support you with free meals. You’ll get an amount of money that you can use within the college shops and diners per day. This will be added to your student ID card which you will just swipe to purchase items.

Travel passes

Students (including Apprentices) of The Sheffield College who live in South Yorkshire are eligible for a 16–18 Student Pass which entitles pass holders to cheaper travel on buses and trams in South Yorkshire. Pass holders are also entitled to half fare on Northern train services in South Yorkshire.

Learner Support Fund

If you are enrolled with us, you may receive support towards the cost of:

  • Travel

  • Books and materials

  • Uniform and equipment

  • Essential course trips

  • NUS extra

  • DBS checks needed for your course (previously known as CRB)
  • UCAS registration fee and travel to interviews when applying for university

Future opportunities

Where can it lead?

For students looking to work, this qualification is a licence to practise and will enable access to a range of employment opportunities such as pre-school worker, early years practitioner in a children’s centre, practitioner in day nurseries, foundation or nursery schools, reception/ Key Stage 1 classes in primary schools, working with children with particular needs in a range of settings, registered child minders and nannies.

Students successful on this course could also progress to Higher Education to study Child Care, Education or related courses.

If you wish to pursue a career in teaching on to the Early Years Initial Teacher Training, you will be required to achieve a grade C (or above) in GCSE mathematics, English and science

Further information

How to apply                        

School pupils in Sheffield should apply online with the help of their school.  Other students can apply using a paper application form available from any college campus, by phoning 0114 260 2600, or downloading one from our website www.sheffcol.ac.uk

Open Days

Why not come and see for yourself. Visit us on one of our open evenings and meet the people who will be teaching you, have a chat about what the course involves and look round our fantastic facilities where you’ll be learning.

Our City, Hillsborough, Peaks and Olive Grove campuses will be open on the following days:

  • Thursday 12th October 2017, 3.30pm-7pm
  • Monday 20th November 2017, 3.30pm-7pm
  • Tuesday 23rd January 2018, 3.30pm-7pm
  • Wednesday 7th March 2018, 3.30pm-7pm
  • Thursday 17th May 2018, 3.30pm-7pm

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 13 October 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: Two year
  • Course code: CFDCC1

Venues

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    • Welcome to City Campus

       

      The Sheffield College City campus is a great place to be and perfectly located just a 10 minute walk from the city centre for your dinner time shop, and just 5 minutes from the train station.


      Our City campus boasts a sustainable, glass atrium that is 7 floors high and flooded with natural light. From lunch in The Refectory and with an outdoor terrace overlooking the city, the facilities include an aviation air cabin, catering kitchens, hair and beauty salons, science laboratories, dental technology laboratories, a sports hall, high tech childcare teaching facilities, construction workshops and a children’s nursery.


      Many students study catering at City so there’s always something tasty on the menu from ‘Grab n Go’, the student run restaurant The Silver Plate, or something to take away from the bakery.

      Address: City Campus, Granville Rd, Sheffield, South Yorkshire S2 2RL

      By Car

      From the M1, take Junction 33 onto the Sheffield Parkway, which merges into the A61.

      At the large roundabout, take the third exit sign posted A61.

      Continue on A61, keeping the train station on your left, until you spot a McDonalds restaurant.

      Just before the McDonalds take a left onto Granville Road.

      The entrance to the college is approximately 150 metres up Granville Road, on the right hand side.

      Parking

      Car parking facilities at City campus are limited to Blue Badge holders only – please see Disabled Go for more detailed access information.

      The nearest public parking is the Grosvenor Casino (pay and display) – just 5 a minute walk from the college. This can be accessed by continuing along the A61/Queen’s Road and taking the first left onto Duchess Road.

      Additional car parking can be found at Q-Park, Sheffield Train Station.

      By Train

      Sheffield Train Station is only a 10 minute walk from City Campus, and provides excellent connections to nearby towns and further afield cities.

      Visit National Rail Enquiries for more information on train travel to Sheffield.

      By Tram

      The Sheffield College is so well serviced by trams we even have a stop named after us! The nearest tram stop to City campus is Granville Road/The Sheffield College.

      Trams heading towards Halfway (Blue Line) stop right outside the college, whilst those coming from the opposite direction (heading towards Malin Bridge) stop just across the road.

      The Supertram website has more detailed information about times and fares.

      By Bus

      Again, being so close to the city centre you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to bus travel to college. The central bus terminal is only a 10 minute walk, and the 120 bus travelling to Crystal Peaks stops just two minutes away.

      You can check out the Travel South Yorkshire website for timetables, fares and bus passes.

      If you are a student you may be entitled to cheap bus/tram travel within Sheffield. Check out our Travel page for further details. 

      By Scooter/Motorcycle/Bike

      City Campus had parking available for both scooters and motorcycles, as well as secure bike storage. Please speak to Student Services to register and gain access to the cycle storage.

      Accessibility

      For accessibility information please see the Disabled Go website here.