Childcare and Education (Early Years Educator)
Vocational • Level 3
About the course
Do you have a passion for making a difference to the lives of children? Are you looking for a role where no two days are the same? A career that offers incredible surprises every time you go to work? A vocation that is important and endlessly rewarding? Working in early years and childcare, you will have the opportunities to fully immerse yourself in the learning and development of children. You will be required to absorb yourself in the child’s world. Getting messy with paint, becoming a pirate on a magical adventure and playing outside in the mud in all weathers are just some of the activities you will be involved in. Throughout this course you will enhance your knowledge and skills to effectively shape the lives and minds of young children!
Type of LearningSchool Leaver
Study ModeFull Time
Awarded ByNCFE CACHE
Location ByBurnley College
Five GCSEs at grade 5 or above including English Language and Mathematics OR a relevant Level 2 Diploma with a Merit grade or above and a GCSE at grade 5 in English Language and Mathematics. This course is subject to a cleared enhanced DBS check.
You will study a range of themes covering different aspects of Learning and Development. The topics you will learn about include: Child Development from Conception to Birth Children’s Health and Wellbeing Play and Learning Supporting Emergent Numeracy and Literacy International Perspectives Reflective Practice for Professional Development
The course is assessed through internally and externally assessed coursework over varied themes. This will include case studies, information booklets, essays and discussion based exercises. You will also be assessed through 2 externally set and marked extended assessments. Your practical performance will also be assessed on a regular basis in each of your three early years’ settings. You will be required to carry out a work placement of at least 750 hours which Burnley College will organise.
Careers & Progression
On completion of the course learners will have gained a licence to practise, enabling them to progress straight to employment in early years settings. The course also offers UCAS points for those wishing to progress onto higher education courses such as Primary Teaching with QTS, Youth work, Social work or other child and family-related courses.
Extra curricular activities
During Year 1 we hold an inspiration event where several guest speakers come visit College to talk about their careers. This gives students a wide appreciation of the different vocations within childcare. We conduct visits to a wide range of universities. Representatives from universities also come to college to support students when making choices about their futures in Higher Education. Disneyland Paris has been enjoyed by several of our learners, giving an insight in to how children learn and how development can be promoted in various ways. Students are also invited to Tanzania where they will gain vocation work experience in a unique cultural setting. Due to the international perspectives unit students will be offered the opportunity to see how children are cared for in different countries.