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Childcare & Early Years Education

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This course has multiple start dates throughout the year.

This qualification will develop the knowledge and skills needed when working with children and young people in a residential childcare setting including an understanding of child and young person development.

Age range covered is birth to 25 years (extended age range takes account of entitlements for children and young people with complex disabilities or conditions).

CACHE Level 3 Diploma for Residential Childcare (England) serves as the required qualification under The Children's Homes (England) Regulations 2015.

Course details

The qualification will enable you to gain essential skills and knowledge to support children and young people in residential childcare settings, including: wellbeing and resilience, positive relationships and attachments, health and safety, sexual exploitation, communication, positive behaviour and positive outcomes.

It also offers you the opportunity to cover optional topics which are particularly suited to specific residential childcare and respite care settings.

Entry guidelines

You will need to be working, volunteering or on practical placement in a residential childcare setting, as you need to show competence in both knowledge and skills.

If you have no previous experience of working in residential childcare, it is recommended that 400 hours be spent in a Real Work Environment.

GCSE Grade 4/C in English and maths (or equivalent).

A relevant Level 2 qualification (or equivalent)

DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service).

A positive reference which must be from your employer or placement.

Office use only. Non Standard 15b.

Equipment Required

To be discussed at interview.

Assessment Method

During placement, you will have support from a Trainer Assessor within the Real Work Environment who will support with the completion of an e-portfolio.

All units will be internally assessed using standard methods: coursework, portfolio of evidence.

All units will be assessed in line with the Skills for Care & Development Assessment Principles.

Additional Information

At interview you will need to:

  • Show evidence of qualifications.
  • Show that you are motivated and committed. Provide a positive reference.
Where can I progress to?

CACHE Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management for Residential Childcare or a Foundation Degree in a related discipline.

Students can also progress to the following job roles, though further professional development/qualification may be required once in post:

  • Residential childcare workers
  • Registered residential childcare managers, plus deputy and assistant managers, deputy and assistant managers in other adult or childcare settings

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When does this course run?

  • Starts 03rd Sep 2018 - Ends 28th Jun 2019 Ref N099K001

    If you are aged 19 or over:

    Fee : £2500.00

    Depending on your personal circumstances, this course could be FREE for you if you are aged 19-23 and you do not already have a level 3 qualification. Please see our Fees and Discounts leaflet for details, or call 0151 551 7777.

    If you are aged 19+, you may be able to apply for a 19+ Advanced Learner Loan (which is available for this course).

    The fee quoted is for the academic year 2017-18. Course fees for 2018-19 will be confirmed in due course.

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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