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Child Care and Education at Longbenton Community College

Course description

Over the two years you will study four themes. The first theme is Health and Well-being where you will gain knowledge in supporting healthy lifestyles of children through food and exercise, as well as understanding how to support a child who is unwell. The second theme is Legislation, Frameworks and Professional Practice in which you will gain an understanding of the principles underpinning the role of the practitioner including knowing how to keep children safe and working in partnership with other agencies. The third theme is Play, Development and Learning in which you will gain specific knowledge of the growth and development of children from conception to 5 years, as well as studying play and learning in children’s education. The fourth theme will give you an understanding of Professional Development. Throughout the course, you will spend two days per week out of College on work placement, in a private nursery or school, working with children from to 5-7 years.

Entry requirements

At least 5 GCSE grades A* to C. GCSE Child Development or Level 1 and 2 CACHE useful.


You will be assessed mostly through tasks which will be completed and marked in school. Throughout the course you will complete a longitudinal study which again will be marked in school. There are three external assignments which are based on each of the first three themes. The placement part of the course is assessed through observations in the workplace and reports from the placement supervisor.

Further information

You will need to apply for a Enhanced DBS check to complete your work placement.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Longbenton Community College directly.

Last updated date: 25 October 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years