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Children's Play, Learning and Development EDEXCEL BTEC National Certificate Level 3 (Early Years Educator) at Duchy College

Course description

This course is for motivated, enthusiastic people interested in a career working with children or who wish to progress on to university. This level 3 course leads to the achievement of Early Years Educator status. This is the recommended level of qualification required to undertake such roles as working with children under 8 as a Keyworker or Nursery Assistant in an Early Years Foundation Stage setting or as a Teaching Assistant in a Reception class in Primary school. It is also a 'gateway' qualification for many other careers within the Children's Workforce such as Portage Worker, Family Support Worker, SENCO or Children's Holiday Representative. Those who wish to continue into Higher Education will gain UCAS points for the EYE which will enable them to progress into careers such as Early Years or Primary Teacher, Social Worker, Speech & Language Therapist or Play Therapist among others.

Course content

Learners will enjoy a variety of teaching approaches and study Core units which include: Child Development,Play and Learning, Meeting childrens Physical Development, Physical Care and Health Needs, Health and Safety in Early Years Settings, Working With Parents and Others in Early Years, Supporting Children's Speech, Communication and Language, Supporting Children's Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Safeguarding in Early Years, Observation, Assessment and Planning, Supporting Children's Literacy and Numeracy Development,  Reflective Practice and  The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)

There is a requirement for learners to undertake 750 hours of work experience and attend for 2 days each week in an Early Years work placement. The College will help with finding and organising work placements in Early Years settings and environments suggested by the learner and which are normally close to your own home.

The course is assessed through Practical class based activity, written assignments, a child development study, workplace reports and assessments, along with the completion of a professional practice portfolio and one externally assessed project.

In addition to your main qualification you will also be given the opportunity to undertake training in Paediatric First Aid, Food Safety and Forest school practical skills.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for the Early Years Educator (National Certificate Children's Play Learning & Development) will require a minimum of 4 GCSEs at C grade or above, two of which must be GCSE English and Maths.

Future opportunities

On successful completion of the National Certificate Children's Play Learning and Development you may seek employment as a qualified member of an Early Years team with Early Years Educator status. This will enable you to work unsupervised or with experience, supervise others whilst working in Early Years settings. Employment opportunities could include; Nursery Keyworker, Teaching Assistant, Pre school Supervisor, Family Support worker, SENCO or Nursery Teacher. Alternatively you could take on a more specialist role following study on our Foundation Degree for the Children and Young Peoples workforce or a full degree programme at University.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 12 June 2015
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