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Children’s Play, Learning and Development BTEC National Diploma Level 3 (Early Years Educator) at Bracknell and Wokingham College

Course description

The course consists of a range of units including: • Child development • Play and learning • Physical and health needs • Supporting children’s personal social and emotional development • Supporting literacy and numeracy • Early years foundation stage The course will be assessed through written assignment tasks, an external exam and reflection and observation of practice. For this full-time course learners attend college three days and placement two days each week in order to gain valuable practice in a range of settings including day nurseries, primary schools, foundation stage units and pre-schools. A minimum of 750 placement hours are required over the two years, and learners will be required to reflect on their practice and produce a Practice Evidence Portfolio.

Course content

As part of your course you will be learning about: • The role of the early years practitioner and professional practice • How children learn and develop • Safeguarding children • Approaches to learning and play • Meeting the health and care needs of children • Supporting children and their families Delivery of the course will be through taught lessons in college and practical experience on placement. You will be assessed through written assignment tasks and observation of your practice. training placements: The opportunity to have experience on placement is a key aspect of the course and prior experience of working with children though not essential is beneficial.

Entry requirements

• Four GCSEs grades A*-C to include English Language and maths (science is also required to progress onto Primary Teaching). Learners with Maths GCSE grade D will be enrolled on the Subsidiary Certificate and will need to achieve GCSE Maths grade C or above to progress onto year 2 • We require all childcare learners to have a Disclosure and Barring service (DBS) check prior to starting placement and a positive reference.

Future opportunities

• Higher education – early years and childhood studies degree courses, primary teaching degree courses, foundation degrees. The course is equivalent to three A Levels, up to 420 UCAS points and gives learners a licence to practice in the early years sector (Early Years Educator). • Further training- including play therapy, leadership and management in the early years sector • Early years employment - teaching and learning support assistant roles • Bracknell & Wokingham College - Foundation degree in Children’s Development & Learning

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Bracknell and Wokingham College directly.

Last updated date: 16 February 2016

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