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Caring for children (CACHE) at Parliament Hill School

Course description

Exam board: Team Leader: Mrs L. Lipetz, Why take it? Pathway? Childcare students with a Level 1 can access a number of courses at Level 2 or 3 depending on their grade and GCSE results. Level 1 Child Care is an excellent preparatory step to further training such as NVQ Level 2. Level 2 can lead to qualifi ed status as a child care practitioner. After Level 2 students can gain employment or decide to study Level 3. Students are then able to choose from a range of further opportunities including employment or Higher Education courses such as: Teaching, Psychology, Sociology, Youth Work, Midwifery, Social Sciences. Quotes from Year 11 “I chose Child Care because I love children and want to fi nd out about babies and how to care for them. My mum is a nursery nurse and she told me that everyday is different and children make you smile. I would recommend studying childcare as there are creative activities, practical demonstrations, coursework such as designing posters, mobiles and taking the simulated baby home for the weekend.” Year 11 Child Care Student Assessment % breakdown (assessed coursework and external exam) Units 1 to 7: - 80% External assessment - Multiple Choice- 1 Hour - 20% Tiers on entry Untiered Requirements for A level/ Laswap Students are expected to have gained a Merit or Distinction at Level 1 to study the Diploma in Child Care at Level 2 at LaSwap. They must also have a minimum ‘C’ grade in GCSE English. Description of course This is a two year, level one Foundation Award in Child Care. The Foundation Award enables students to learn basic skills in caring for children. Students work creatively by designing and producing coursework related to child care. They also have the opportunity to carry out simulated activities such as bathing a baby, preparing a feed, changing a nappy and taking an electronic baby home for the weekend which monitors the care provided by the student. There are many creative activities such as making play dough, painting and cooking. Students have to produce a portfolio of work and assignments covering 7 units. 5 units have set assignments which are assessed by the teacher. 2 units are tutor reports based on self-evaluations and action plans completed by students. Work is graded as Pass, Merit or Distinction. Year 10 Students should attempt to complete at least two weeks work experience with young children. This could be during your Year 10 work experience or in the school holidays (not mandatory). Unit 2: Human Growth and Development from Birth to Old Age: You will learn about how a person develops from being a baby to becoming an elderly person. You will learn about how a child learns to think and communicate; how they develop physically; and you will consider their emotional and social needs. You will explore all the life stages in this unit. Unit 3 : Food and Nutrition: You will cover the principles of a healthy balanced diet and learn about how to prepare and present food for children. You will also cover feeding babies and the religious and cultural infl uences of food. Unit 4: Health and Safety Practices in Home Group Settings: This will help you to understand about personal hygiene, the spread of infection, food storage and handling, hazard recognition and accident prevention and give you basic fi rst aid skills. Unit 6: Play and Practical Activities You will fi nd out about the importance of play: play as part of development, different types of play, preparation for play and activities, toys and equipment suitable for young children and the role of the adult in play. Unit 7 : Orientation to work programme This unit prepares you for working with children within a team setting, covering the age range from birth to 15 years. It gives the basic principles of effective work with children, how to work in a child care setting and careers planning. Year 11 Unit 1: Personal Development: Preparation for Citizenship, looking at issues that affect people such as poverty, personal action planning and an introduction to preparing for the world of work, including writing CV’s and preparing for job interviews. Unit 5 : Care of Children Helps you to understand the basic care needs of children and how they can be met in relation to their personal hygiene, comfort and well being by using daily routines. Multiple Choice Exam which covers units 2 to 6 Events / trips / residential information Any trips, events or guest speakers will be linked in closely to work set during the course. Useful websites

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Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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