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Childcare and Education BTEC Level 3 National Award at Congleton High School

Course description

This course is aimed at learners who need the knowledge and understanding of child development and education to prepare them for working with children in a variety of job roles and settings.

This course has been developed to provide a preparation for employment and / or to provide career development opportunities for those seeking employment in Early Year's settings. You will learn the basic skills of communication with Childcare professionals, team working and taking responsibility for the well-being of children in a Childcare setting.

This course will enable you to become an independent learner. It will enable you to develop the skills and empathy needed to work with children. You will also gain confidence in your interpersonal skills which will enable you to confidently work under supervision in an Early Years setting.

Course content

The course is broken down into five mandatory units and one optional unit. The units include:
1. Child Development
2. Play and Learning
3. Health and Safety in Early Years Settings
4. Safeguarding in Early Years
5. Observation, Assessment and Planning
6. Supporting Children’s Personal, Social and Emotional Development

The Child Development unit is an externally assessed unit. Each of the other units will be internally assessed and involve learners producing a portfolio of written assignments.

To gain the most out of the course learners must undertake 50 hours of work experience in a local Early Years Care setting.

Entry requirements

It is strongly recommended that to study Child Care and Education you have at least 5 GCSEs that must include Maths and English. You do not need to have studied a Level 2 Child Development Course or BTEC Health and Social Care, but it would be an advantage. However all applications will be considered on an individual basis.

Assessment

This course has been developed to provide a preparation for employment and / or to provide career development opportunities for those seeking employment in Early Year's settings. You will learn the basic skills of communication with Childcare professionals, team working and taking responsibility for the well-being of children in a Childcare setting.

The Child Development unit is an externally assessed unit. Each of the other units will be internally assessed and involve learners producing a portfolioof written assignments.

Future opportunities

This course can be taken in conjunction with other vocational or academic courses at Congleton High School Sixth Form or The Congleton College.
The Level 3 National Award in Children’s Play, Learning and Development course fits with a variety of subjects particularly Health and Social Care, Psychology, Sociology. Similar skills will be required in all of these subjects.
This course could also be combined with a substantial component of training which is delivered by The Congleton College in the work place.
A Level 3 National Award in Children’ s Play, Learning and Development Course qualification in Child Care and Education would provide opportunities to progress onto a higher education degree course or into a supervised role in an Early Years setting. Although this qualification would not equip you to work unsupervised in a child care setting, it would provide excellent foundation skills for a variety of job roles. However, if you wish to become fully qualified to work unsupervised in an Early Years setting, it is required by the childcare sect or that you must complete the Early Years Educator course, which is available to study at Congleton College.

 

Further information

A DBS check will need to be completed prior to going on work placement and must be paid for by the learner

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How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Congleton High School directly.

Last updated date: 14 October 2016
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