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Childcare & Early Years Education

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This course will be offered on multiple start dates throughout the academic year. To gain this qualification students will need to achieve a total of credits 61 (12 mandatory units and 16 credits from the choice of optional units) Candidates are expected to develop and demonstrate knowledge and practical competence to a national standard at Level 2.

Course details

This qualification is for experienced practitioners who do not have a formal qualification in childcare. This award is designed for those working under supervision in face to face roles with children or young people (aged 4-16 years) in a playwork setting. Candidates are expected to arrange their own voluntary placements. It is designed for adults who may be new to the job and/or have limited responsibilities and will be working under supervision. A trainer/assessor will deliver the knowledge sessions and undertake assessment of your practice in the workplace setting. Enhanced DBS checks are required to undertake a voluntary placement. These may be undertaken by the setting or Wirral Metropolitan College upon payment of the required fee.

Entry guidelines

It is essential that the candidate is already in a placement and have at least 3 months continuous experience working a minimum of 12 hours per week before commencing on the programme. Personal roles and responsibilities within the setting will be discussed in detail at interview. A letter from your placement provider confirming roles and responsibilities will be required prior to interview.

  • You must have read the setting's Child Protection Policy and understand your role within this prior to interview.
  • A minimum Level 1 English is required.
  • You will require skills to communicate with children at various stages in their development and with teachers, parents, carers and other professionals.

If English is not your first language, you may need an assessment before enrolling on this course. To discuss further, please contact the ESOL department on 0151 551 7144.

Assessment Method

Throughout your course you will be supported by a trainer assessor who will complete observations in your placement/workplace. Assessment is via an e-portfolio.

Where can I progress to?

Progression onto CACHE Playwork Level 3 Diploma, potential job promotion and increased duties and responsibilities.

You could progress to these Wirral Met courses:

When does this course run?

For advice and guidance, please contact Student Services on 0151 551 7777 or call into our Conway Park Campus Monday to Friday from 10am to 4pm (all year round) and Wednesdays and Thursdays 10am-6.30pm (term time only).

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