Introduction to Early Years Education and Care at Solihull College & University Centre
The CACHE Level 2 Certificate in an Introduction to Early Years Education and Care (QCF) prepares learners to work with children between birth and 5 years, with knowledge of children up to 7 years.
If you are planning to work with children in a variety of different early years services, for example day care, nursery, crèche, out of school care and schools this is the course for you. This qualification will enable you to work, under supervision, with children and their families in a variety of settings e.g. day care or nurseries
You will study all aspects of caring for children and reflect on your personal development. Your course wills cover14 mandatory units, We have structured the units around the following four themes:
-Theme 1: Introducing the role of the early years practitioner
-Theme 2: Legislation, framework and professional practice
-Theme 3: Play, development and learning for school
-Theme 4: Professional development
You will be given the opportunity to work with children in a range of placements in day-care and nurseries.
In college you will study the development of children from birth to seven years of age and explore working as a professional within these age ranges, allowing you to relate your learning to practice. The course runs at both our Blossomfield and Woodlands campuses
Maths and English will be an important part of your course. You will continue to develop these skills and will work towards a qualification at an appropriate level.
GCSE maths and English Grade C/4 are required for entry to the Early years Educator pathway at level 3
You will need the minimum of 2 G.C.S.E s at grade D/3 or above, including English and maths.
Progressing students with Level 1 Foundation Diploma and English and maths Level 1 Functional Skills will be considered on an individual basis
You will have a positive school or college reference with good levels of attendance and punctuality. Experience of working with children e.g. babysitting or nursery experience would be very useful and a successful interview
If you have Learning Difficulty or Disability please let us know when you apply. You will be offered support in your interview. If you need help completing your application we can help with this too.
To pass this course you will complete a portfolio of assignment work and assessed work practice. A variety of methods are used to assess your progress including: Individual & group presentations, Case Studies, Assignments, Projects, work based Assignments, developing learning resources, and display work
Assessment is via practical assignments, course work and external exams in English and maths.
If you are successful on this course, you will be able to continue studying towards level 3 in Childcare and education either as an apprentice or on a full time National Diploma (subject to the entry criteria)
All students working with children will need to have an Enhanced Disclosure and Baring (DBS) Check; this may affect your application. Please discuss this with your interviewing tutor
You need to bring pen, notebooks and folders to every lesson. It is expected that you will bring a memory stick to save and back up your work.
You will also need to provide costs for text books, trips during the course and a uniform for work placement.
You should allow £60-70 to cover these costs
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Solihull College & University Centre directly.