Level 2 Early Years
Full time course
The aim of this qualification is to prepare learners to work with children between birth and the age of five years, with knowledge of children up to seven years.
What will I study?
Some of the units you may study include:
Safeguarding the welfare of children and young people
Importance of play for early learning
Use food and nutrition information to plan a healthy diet
Young children's development
Craft activities with young children
Maths and English
A key requirement to obtaining many jobs is achieving a good standard of English and Maths, therefore learners that do not yet have a GCSE grade 4 (grade C) will be enrolled on a GCSE.
You will attend placement in a childcare setting 1 day a week.
We will be delivering a variety of tasks and projects to promote your employability including Makaton, Paediatric First Aid, Forest Schools, where there will also be guest speakers.
What do I need to join?
You will need four GCSEs at grade 3 (grade D) or above, including English and maths. Alternatively, you will need a Level 2 qualification in Health and Social Care or Child Care, combined with English and maths. You also need a positive attitude towards working with children and young people. You will have a commitment to attendance, being punctual and working in a team as well as independently.
How long is the course?
1 year, with up to 3 days in college and 1 day a week on placement, including time for you to complete assignments.
How will I learn?
A range of teaching methods will be used in the classroom including: writing, reading, discussions, presentations and work products. You may also be observed in a real work environment. There may also be opportunities to partake in activities outside of the classroom in relation to the course.
How will I know how I am doing?
You will receive one-to-one tutorials with your tutor. You will have feedback on your assessment within a maximum of two weeks and you will have informal feedback in lessons.
Are there any extra costs?
Learners will be charged material fees, which will be used to purchase resources for the course. You will need to apply for a Disclosure and Debarring Services (DBS) certificate for the safeguarding of children, which costs £44 (at the time of print) and that will need to be completed at a Taster day at the College, before enrolling on the course.
What can I do next?
A good outcome on this course, combined with an appropriate level of English and maths, will enable you to progress to Level 3 course within the department. Alternatively, you may wish to continue training whilst working via an apprenticeship or other work-based learning programme.
What are my career options?
This is a level 2 programme to support you in preparing for your next step either studying level 3 to gain your Early Years Educator Status or moving into employment with training.