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Childcare & Early Years Education

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This course has multiple start dates throughout the academic year. To achieve the Diploma students will need to complete a total of 65 credits. (46 credits must from the mandatory units and 19 credits from a choice of option units). Candidates are expected to develop and demonstrate knowledge and practical competence to a national standard at level 3.

Course details

This award is designed for those working as experienced playwork practitioners with a range of responsibilities in face-to-face roles with children, young people (aged 4-16 years) in a variety of playwork settings.

Entry guidelines

This qualification is for experienced practitioners who do not have a formal qualification in childcare. It is essential that you are an experienced playwork practitioner: having at least 6 months experience and 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.

  • You must have read the setting's Child Protection Policy and understand your role within this, prior to interview.
  • GCSE Grade 4/C in English (or equivalent).
  • You will require the skills to communicate with children at various stages in their development and with managers, 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.

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Assessment Method

Assessment is via an e-portfolio.

Additional Information

Good organisational and time management skills are essential in order to plan and achieve this award within the timescale. It is essential you demonstrate commitment to this course through high motivation, including full attendance and independent study. Throughout your course you will be supported by a trainer assessor who will complete observations in your workplace/placement.

Where can I progress to?

Progression to Higher Education, job promotion and increased duties and responsibilities.

When does this course run?

  • Starts 19th Sep 2018 - Ends 13th Dec 2019 Ref N061K001

    If you are aged 19 or over:

    Fee : £2500.00

    Please note, there are no discounts for this course. 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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