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Early Years Practitioner (Early Years Educator) CG Diploma Level 3 at Cornwall College

Course description

This course is for applicants who wish to gain Early Years Educator status as a fully qualified member of the Early Years team in roles such as Keyperson, Nursery or Pre-School Supervisor in employment within the Early Years Sector or to progress on to Higher level qualfications that lead to careers in other areas of the Children and Young people's Workforce.

Some applicants will already hold a level 2 Certificate for the Children and Young People's Workforce, others may be volunteering, as yet unqualified, and wish to become employed or to count towards level 3 staff to child ratios in the setting. The profile of learner is often parents who wish to return to the workforce with a change of career which supports their family commitments to children who are at nursery or school. The course mirrors the school day in terms of term times and hours of delivery.

Course content

Your course includes weekly attendance at college, for one day each week from 9am - 2.30pm, term time only. At college you will study the Mandatory units which make up the Early Years Educator which include: Developing Effective Study Skills; Promote Partnership working with parents;  Model, promote and support positive behaviour with chidlren; Principles of Safeguarding policies and procedures in the early years sector; Working in partnership with colleagues and other professionals in early years settings; Plan and implement activities, play opportunities and educational programmes in an early years setting; Promoting childrens health and welfare in an early years setting; Promoting health and safety of children;Promote childrens speech and language and communication development; Support organisational requiremetns for recording storing and disclosing information and providing reports in an early years setting; mSupporting chidlrens creative and imaginative play experiences; Supporting chidlren experiencing transitions and significant events in the early years sector; Continuous professional development using Reflective Practice; Theories which underpin practice in the Early years sector; Child Development from conception to 7 years 11 months; Observation and assessment in the Early years. 

 In addition to attendance at college you will receive regular assessments of written assignment work , portfolio evidence and observations of your working practice within your work setting.

Entry requirements

Applicants must have achieved GCSE Grade C in English and Maths and be volunteering or employed in an Early Years setting for at least 2 half days or one full day each week throughout the course. 

Future opportunities

Students can go into employment within the Early Years Sector in positions within Primary Schools, Nursery or Pre-Schools, among other settings. The Diploma for the Early Years Practitioner (Early Years Educator) is considered a full and relevant qualification for working with children aged birth to 7 years. Those who successfully gain the full Diploma may progress into Higher Education by undertaking the Foundation Degree for the Children and Young People's Workforce

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 27 May 2015
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