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Children's Play, Learning & Development Level 3 Diploma at Heart of Worcestershire College

Course description

Are you positive, caring and enthusiastic? Are you considering a career working with young children? Would you like a job where you can make a real difference to people’s lives? If you choose to work in early years or childcare, you will be playing a crucial role in shaping the lives of our future generations.

This is a career to be proud of and our Award/Diploma in Children’s Play, Learning and Development will help you turn your dream job into reality. Our course offers you the practical
skills and knowledge that you need to work towards gaining the necessary requirements for working within the sector.

You will study the Award in Children’s Play, Learning and Development in the first year, and if you successfully complete the Award, you will progress into the second year, where you will complete the Diploma.

You will study all aspects of childcare, learning and development, including how to promote wellbeing and resilience, and safeguard the children in your care. You will develop a range of learning and play activities, and learn how to promote equality and diversity. You will also develop your communication skills so that you can interact successfully with children, parents and colleagues.

Some of your units will be practical, where you will plan and implement activities such as cookery, numeracy, sensory, and story telling. Others will be more theoretical and may involve studying children’s behaviour or discussing the impact of social policy on childcare and development. You will attend four or five different placements during the course and complete a minimum of 800 hours of work experience. You will be attending placement for two days per week, working with the age ranges 0-2, 2-5, 5-8 in different childcare settings including nurseries, reception classes, pre-schools, special educational needs, and childminders.

Entry requirements

You will need one of the following: 
Five GCSE grades A*- C, including English language and maths 
A Diploma in Children's Care, Learning and Development Level 2 at distinction grade with English language and maths at Grade C or above 
A Health and Social Care Level 2 at distinction grade with English language and maths at Grade C or above 

You will also need to complete a DBS check, attend an interview and provide satisfactory references.

Assessment

This course requires students to pass an exam in Child Development to successfully achieve the qualification.

You will be assessed on an on-going basis through various methods including written assignments, case studies and presentations. During your work placement, you will complete a range of tasks for your Professional Evidence Portfolio (PEP) demonstrating that you are competent. You will also need to plan and carry out activities with children and observe their development.

Future opportunities

Successful completion of the diploma will enable you to work with children in a variety of roles, such as a Children's Centre Worker, Nursery Nurse, Nanny, Teaching Assistant, or Learning  Assistant. 

It will also equip you for further study and you may like to consider our HND Advanced Practice in Working with Children and Families or a degree in Teaching, Nursing or Social Work.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Heart of Worcestershire College directly.

Last updated date: 29 September 2016

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    • Spires Theatre

      Always dreamed of being on stage? Look no further, our Performing Arts department boasts a professionally equipped theatre in St. Andrews' building with a state-of-the-art computerised lighting system, sound systems and multiple stages and seating positioning, giving you a platform to showcase your talent. As a Performing Arts student you will have the chance to participate in a variety of productions throughout the year. 

      The View

      Feeling peckish? The View is a place for you to grab a coffee, stop for a light snack or sit down for a full meal. It boasts a vast and ever-changing menu of freshly prepared snacks, meals, soups and cakes made by our Chefs and catering students. Looking out over the River Severn, The View is the place in college to meet friends over coffee, relax with a book over cake, or sit down for some enjoyable, wholesome, home-cooked food without any of the effort of cooking or preparing it yourself.

      Starbucks

      Make time for a milky latte and visit our Starbucks counter in The View. We have the only one in Worcester City Centre! So come sit back, warm up and relax with a cappuccino, or even grab a berry frappe to go!

      Nursery

      Our nurseries provide a happy, secure and stimulating place where learning through play is purposeful and fun! Our bright and spacious nurseries offer a wide range of flexible childcare for children aged 3 months to 5 years old. The nurseries are recognised as 'outstanding' by Ofsted who also praised the training received by staff, and the atmosphere that the children enjoy.

      St Dunstan's

      St Dunstan's is a state-of-the-art building dedicated to our creative arts and hair and beauty provision in Worcester. Short-listed for the prestigious AJ Retrofit Awards, this modern building is home to our hair and beauty salon, art and design studios and coffee shop making it the perfect place for students to explore their creative side. Our hair and beauty salon, Fountains is open to members of the public.