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Anyone working or planning to work in a range of child care occupations needs to obtain the relevant qualification approved by Ofqual, the qualifications regulator. To work in a supervised capacity requires a level 2 competence qualification for which this course is purpose designed. To work in an unsupervised capacity people will, from 1st September 2014 require a level 3 Early Years Educator qualification. Before undertaking a level 3 course, this level 2 programme provides an ideal introduction to working in child care occupations and an essential platform to the lengthier and more demanding level 3 qualification.
This programme is designed for people who seek to work in the child care sector. Anyone wishing to embark on a career in child care will benefit and it provides a start point to the formal qualifications required to work in the sector. It provides an ideal route into a career in child care and results in a fully recognised qualification which enables students to work competently in a supervised capacity.
People intending to gain the level 3 Early Years Educator qualification will find this an ideal first step which introduces the format of knowledge and competence based qualifications before embarking on the longer and more demanding level 3 course over 2 years.
This qualification is to guide and assess development of knowledge and skills relating to the children & young people’s workforce and will provide progression to the Early Years Educator level 3 qualification. This qualification confirms competence under supervision in these areas where appropriate and serves as a progression pathway to the required qualification at Level 3 and above (for all new practitioners) for registration and regulatory requirements in the sector.
The aims of this course are to allow students to develop:
- an understanding of the role of learning and development in child care settings, and the legislative context within which child carers operate
- an understanding of the personal and interpersonal skills required of a child carer at this level.
- an understanding of early education framework
The course is designed for home study or distance learning and is comprised of comprehensive printed course notes presented in an A4 ring binder, together with course assignments and study guide. Tutor support and a student helpline facility are integral to the course, and students have a full 12 months in which to complete their studies. Actual study time will be of the order of 90-100 hours.
The course is divided up into 13 study units, each with one tutor marked assignment to be completed. Each assignment contains approx 8-10 written tasks to be completed which are then submitted to a subject tutor for marking. Where required assignments can be re-submitted after amendment in the event that the assessment standards are not full met on first submission
The course units and topics are as follows:
1. Child and young person development
This unit aims to develop knowledge and understanding of child and young person development and the factors, including transitions, which may affect development.
2. Contribute to the support of child and young person development
The aim of this unit is for the learner to apply their knowledge and understanding in order to support child and young person development. The unit also includes support to children and young people experiencing transitions and positive behaviour support.
3. Safeguarding the welfare of children and young people
This unit provides the knowledge and understanding required for safeguarding the welfare of children and young people.
4. Contribute to Children and Young People's Health and Safety
To provide learners with the knowledge and skills to contribute to supporting children and young people’s health and safety.
5. Contribute to the Support of Positive Environments for Children and Young People
The purpose of this unit is to develop the learners understanding of why a positive environment is important to the individual needs of children and young people and the skills required to support this
6. Understand Partnership Working in Services for Children and Young People
This unit provides knowledge and understanding of the importance of partnership working and effective communication.
7. Support children and young people’s positive behaviour
This unit provides the knowledge, understanding and skills required to support children and young people’s positive behaviour. It requires demonstration of competence in supporting positive behaviour and responding to inappropriate behaviour.
8. Introduction to communication in health, social care or children’s and young people’s settings
This unit is aimed at those who work in health or social care settings or with children or young people in a wide range of settings. The unit introduces the central importance of communication with a range of people in such settings, and ways to reduce barriers to communication. It also addresses the issue of confidentiality.
9. Introduction to personal development in health, social care or children's and young people’s settings
This unit is aimed at those who work in health or social care settings or with children or young people in a wide range of settings. The unit introduces the concepts of personal development and reflective practice which are fundamental to such roles, and ways to implement these.
10. Introduction to equality and inclusion in health, social care or children’s and young people’s settings
This unit is aimed at those who work in health or social care settings or with children or young people in a wide range of settings. The unit introduces the concepts of equality, diversity and inclusion which are fundamental to such roles. specified by a sector or
11.Maintain and support relationships with children and young people
This unit covers the competence required to maintain and support relationships with children and young people. It requires demonstration of competence in communicating with children and young people, developing and maintaining relationships with children and young people, and supporting relationships between children and young people and others in the work setting.
12. Understand Child & Young Person’s Development
This unit provides knowledge and understanding of how children and young people from birth to 19 years develop, including underpinning theoretical perspectives. It also includes actions taken when differences in development are identified and the potential effects of transitions on children and young people’s development. by a sector or
13. Support Children & Young People’s Health & Safety
This unit provides the knowledge, understanding and skills required to support children and young people’s health and safety. It requires a demonstration of competence in recognising hazards and undertaking risk assessments in the work setting. by a sector or
Who is this course for?
The course is a recognised level 2 child care qualification listed by Ofqual and provides confirmation of competence to work in a supervised capacity in a nursery or chaild care setting.
There are no study pre-requirements as the course is intended for learners who have not studied this topic beforehand. Learners will however require a placement in a child care setting in order to gather the practical evidence of learning which the qualification requires.
The qualification meets the requirements of the sector for working in a supervised capacity in a child care setting, and provides a stepping stone to the level 3 Early Years Educator qualification. Consequently it is ideal for anyone starting a career in child care.
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Rebekah Enefer asked:
Will I need a placement for this course? Thank you
This course does require a placement in a nursery or child acre facility because a some of the assessments are based upon building a portfolio of evidence of practical examples from a child care setting. The placement would need to be of around 50 hours duration over the period of the course.This was helpful. Thank you for your feedback.
Learners will however require a placement in a child care setting, the placement is how many hours please and can it be done in a stay&play centre?Thx
The placement will typically need to be around 100 hourse but the time will be determined by how long it takes to gain the arnge of experiences required to collecet evidence of practical skills. The placement can be in any child care facility regulated by Ofsted.This was helpful. Thank you for your feedback.
Loredana Nieli asked:
Hi there, is this course valid to work in primary schools as learning mentor? many thanks in advance. regards
Thank you for your question. The course leads to a nationally recognised qualification, listed by Ofqual and which enables people to work in a supervised capacity with children of all ages. However we would always advise that candidates checjk with their local education authority because each one sets their own requirements for specific posts in nurseries and schools.This was helpful. Thank you for your feedback.
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