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Early Years Educator Advanced at Derby College

Course description

This CACHE Diploma is recognised throughout the UK as a high level qualification for individuals wanting to work within the Early Years sector. It is also widely accepted for entry to universities. As part of your studies, you will spend time in a practical work placement.

Course content

You will study at College for three days a week and will spend the other two days on placement within an Early Years setting. At College, you will cover units centred on four key themes:
  • Health and wellbeing
  • Legislation, frameworks and professional practice
  • Play, development and learning for school readiness
  • Professional development
During your placement, you will be required to carry out tasks which include child observations, activity plans and reflective diaries.

Entry requirements

You must have attained five A-C grades at GCSE, including English and Maths. 
You must be willing to provide evidence for an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check which will have to be self-funded.
You also need two references and to complete an Early Years taster day successfully.


Each unit is assessed separately through a variety of methods including portfolios, assignments, presentations, displays, and an external assessment research task.

You will be assessed during your placement by your manager and also through direct observations carried out by your tutor.

Financial information

You need flat shoes and smart trousers for your placement, along with a placement top that you can buy from the College.

You should also have an A4 ring folder, pens and paper.

Future opportunities

Further study
The course provides a route to higher education programmes in subjects such as Primary School Teaching and Children’s Nursing. It also provides a direct route to the Foundation Degree in Children’s and Young People’s Services which is delivered at Derby College in partnership with the University of Derby. The Foundation Degree gives you the opportunity to specialise in a Teaching Assistant or Early Years pathway. You could also consider the Foundation Degree in SEND.
After gaining this Diploma, you will be qualified to work with children in Childcare and Early Years settings in roles such as:
  • Early Years/Foundation Stage Practitioner
  • Special Educational Needs Support Worker
  • Nanny/Home-based Child Carer
  • Children’s Centre Practitioner

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 28 January 2016

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