Childcare Level 2* at Dearne Valley College (DVC)
As an Early Years student, you may spend up to 50% of your time on work placement! It’s an absolutely essential element of your course and is a way to give your portfolio a boost. It will demonstrate to employers that you have gained a broad range of work skills whilst studying for your qualifications.
It will also improve your confidence around both clients and colleagues.
Your taught sessions will be based in our dedicated childcare training room, which is fully equipped with resources and materials. Our teaching team are highly experienced, having worked in a wide variety of childcare establishments.
Depending on which course you are studying, your work placement may be weekly or in blocks. Those on Level Three programmes must gain experience of work placements in multiple settings.
Typical placement settings include schools, children’s centres, nurseries and day care centres.
Those studying at Level Three are able to experience placements that deal with babies.
Events and Trips
Day trips, excursions and socials are great for team building and can really help develop your confidence and communication skills.
Experts from the world of Care and Early Years regularly visit the College to talk about their experiences and their own journey to career success.
Previous speakers have included Nursery Nurses, Teaching Assistants and Teachers.
We have an excellent relationship with local universities, who often present at the College to showcase the range of Care and Early Years areas that can be studied at a higher level.
English and Maths
Alongside your main programme, you will attend classes to develop your skills and confidence in English and Maths. These skills are extremely important for any future job role that you may have.
Functional skills are essential for tasks such as helping children and young people learn their own
English and Maths skills, preparing documents and reports, working to a budget and communicating with parents and colleagues.
You will be required to wear a Dearne Valley College polo shirt during work placement duties. This is available at a very reasonable price from the College.
• Assignments: You will be given specific assignments or projects to complete. These will be in a variety of formats, such as work experience, presentations, posters, group work, reports and other activities
• Portfolio: You will create a portfolio or workbook of evidence such as practical work, presentations and case studies
• Practical/Group Work: Your tutor will assess you completing practical work in the workshop or workplace
This course covers:
· Understanding Children’s Development
· Keeping Children Safe
· Communication with Children and Adults
· Preparing and Maintaining Environments for Child Care
· Professional Development, Roles and Responsibilities in Child Care
· Providing Support for Children with Disabilities or Special Educational Needs
• GCSE English grade C and preferably a grade C in Maths
• 4 GCSE’s Grade D
• You will attend a college-based assessment for English and Maths
Assignments: You will be given specific assignments or projects to complete. These will be in a variety of formats, such as work experience, presentations, posters, group work, reports and other activities
Portfolio: You will create a portfolio or workbook of evidence such as practical work, presentations and case studies
Practical/Group Work: Your tutor will assess you completing practical work in the workshop or workplace
The College has a number of funds which are there to help support you if you find yourself in financial difficulties that are affecting your attendance at college or your studies.
If you’re aged between 16 and 19 years and in full-time education or training, you may be eligible for a mandatory or discretionary bursary. Young people in the following groups are eligible to receive a mandatory bursary of up to £1,200 a year.
- Young people in care
- Care leavers
- Young people claiming income support/Universal Credit in their own name
- Disabled young people who receive both Employment Support Allowance/Universal Credit and Disability Living Allowance/Personal Independence Payment (PIP) in their own name
However, other students facing genuine financial difficulties may be awarded a smaller, discretionary bursary which is means-tested and allocated based on specific priorities and eligibility criteria.
College eligibility criteria are currently based on a maximum household income of £25,000, good standards of behaviour, and over 90% attendance.
The bursary can help with costs such as food, transport, books and other course-related equipment and/or essentials.
Learner Support and Welfare Fund
The Discretionary Learner Support Funds can be used to buy equipment, help with travel expenses, childcare, and other costs related to attending college to study. These means-tested funds are limited, and allocated based on specific priorities and criteria.
If you are 19 years old or more, have a good attendance and your gross household income does not exceed £25,000, you could be eligible for these funds. The College also operates a small discretionary Emergency Welfare Fund to help students in crisis situations. Funds are limited and are intended to help in the short term.
Support with Childcare Costs
The College may be able to provide support for your childcare costs if you are a full-time student, either for part of, or for the full year.
If you are 20 years old or more, the College receives funding which may contribute towards the childcare you require.
In addition, young people under the age of 20 with childcare needs may be eligible for childcare and travel costs through the national ‘Care to Learn’ scheme. Find out if you’re eligible by visiting: www.direct.gov.uk/caretolearn
16-18 Student Concessionary Bus Pass
If you are attending college on a full-time basis and you meet the qualifying criteria, you may be eligible for a concessionary bus pass for bus and tram travel, and halved fares on local Northern Rail services in South Yorkshire.
For more information and to apply online, please visit: www.travelsouthyorkshire.com
Free school Meals
If you are aged 16 to 18 on 31st August 2014, you may be eligible for free school meals if you or your parents are in receipt of certain benefits. Please visit the Student Services Centre for more information.
NUS Extra Card
NUS extra is the ultimate, must-have student card! It gives you access to hundreds of discounts exclusively for students – including ASOS, Amazon, Topshop, House of Fraser, National Express, New Look, JJB Sports, Pizza Hut, Superdrug and many, many more.
The card can be purchased directly from the NUS website: www.nus.org.uk
Opportunities after the course:
- You may have the opportunity to progress onto an Apprenticeship, or you may be able to study Early Years at a higher level
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.