Childcare Level 2 at Sheffield College
This is a 1 year full time course.
About the course
This course is designed to develop your understanding of the skills and knowledge needed to care for young children.
You study an introduction to working with children, understanding children's individual needs and how to treat them fairly. You will also gain an insight into your preferred learning style. The developing child unit will introduce you to ways of observing children so that you can support development through appropriate activities and care routines. You will also learn how to work with children when they move from one setting to another.
A safe, healthy and nurturing environment for children covers the preparation and maintenance of a safe environment and how to safeguard children and adults through working practices. You will also consider your role in managing conflict when working with children. Children and play focuses on the importance of play in children's development. You will learn about the stages and types of play and how you can provide appropriate activities to support development through play. There will be an opportunity to consider your developing knowledge, to think about how you can improve your practice and set targets for your own professional development.
On placement you will learn about the professional standards and how to apply these. There will also be the opportunity to observe development and to carry out planned play activities. Attendance in college and on your placement is a compulsory part of the course and essential for assessment.
You will be required to study functional skills or GCSE English and Maths if you do not already hold a minimum of GCSE grade 4. (Many universities and employers ask for a minimum of GCSE grade 4 in both maths and English).
You will have the opportunity to undertake Forest Schools training (Outdoor education activities) and Human Trafficking awareness training, attend education trade exhibitions and help charity fund raising.
Will the course suit me?
In order to be successful on this course, you will need to be interested in child care and in the welfare of children. Simply liking children is not enough; you will need to be ready to work with groups of children in an educational setting. You will need good attendance and punctuality, and should be motivated and prepared to learn.
CACHE Level 2 Award/ Certificate/ Diploma in Child Care and Education.
4 GCSEs at Grade 3 or above including Maths at grade 3 plus English Language at grade 4 or above and a DBS check.
The course will involve a combination of practical and written activities. You will be assessed by assignments and one externally-marked question paper. You will be set homework and will need to work in your own time in order to succeed on the course. While you are on placement, you will be visited, observed and assessed while undertaking your duties.
At The Sheffield College we will always do our best to support you through your studies, to make them as stress free as possible. We have a specialist support team who can give you all the advice you need on all things financial, including what might be available to you, so that you don’t go short and you can concentrate all your efforts into your studies.
If you meet the eligibility criteria we’ll be able to support you with free meals. You’ll get an amount of money that you can use within the college shops and diners per day. This will be added to your student ID card which you will just swipe to purchase items.
Students (including Apprentices) of The Sheffield College who live in South Yorkshire are eligible for a 16–18 Student Pass which entitles pass holders to cheaper travel on buses and trams in South Yorkshire. Pass holders are also entitled to half fare on Northern train services in South Yorkshire.
Learner Support Fund
If you are enrolled with us, you may receive support towards the cost of:
Books and materials
Uniform and equipment
Essential course trips
- DBS checks needed for your course (previously known as CRB)
UCAS registration fee and travel to interviews when applying for university
Where can it lead?
If you start on the level 2 course without placement and demonstrate that you are work ready, you could progress onto the level 2 with placement. Students who successfully complete the level 2 course with the work placement could progress to a Level 3 in Childcare or onto an apprenticeship in childcare.
Why not come and see for yourself. Visit us on one of our open evenings and meet the people who will be teaching you, have a chat about what the course involves and look round our fantastic facilities where you’ll be learning.
Our City, Hillsborough, Peaks and Olive Grove campuses will be open on the following days:
- Thursday 25th October 2018
- Wednesday 21st November 2018
- Tuesday 29th January 2019
- Monday 4th March 2019
We are open 4-7pm at all of our centres on these dates.
How to apply
You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.