Level 3 Children's Play, Learning & Development (Early Years Educator)
Over a two year course you will develop a range of practical skills and theoretical knowledge in the areas of child development, safeguarding children, supporting children’s additional needs and reflective practice. You will gain practical experience working with children aged 0-8 years working in different early years setting. Many students who enjoy and successfully complete this course progress onto Higher Education or employment working in schools and nurseries.
- Course Information
This is a two year course for those wishing to work with children in either early years, primary or special needs settings.
You will complete four different placements gaining experience working with children aged 0-8 years, completing 750 mandatory placement hours.
The units studied cover all aspects of understanding and supporting children and how to apply this knowledge in the workplace, including Child Development; Play and Learning; Safeguarding in Early Years and Health and Safety in Early Years Settings. Optional specialist units include Working with Children who have Additional Needs, and Supporting Children’s Creativity. You will also complete a portfolio of evidence to demonstrate your skills working with young children.
Please note that due to the placements you will have you will need to complete a Disclosure and Barring Services (DBS) check to confirm you do not have any cautions or convictions which would put in question your suitability to work in these areas.
Enhanced DBS – During your course you will attend a placement, in a workplace related to your course. Due to this, you are required to complete a DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check which is a criminal records background check to assess whether you are suitable to work with vulnerable people, such as children and vulnerable adults. The college will guide you through the online application process, however you will have to produce identification as part of this. Information about what a DBS check is and the ID required to process your application can be found here.
We strongly advise you to obtain the ID required as soon as possible, so your application isn’t delayed.
- Entry Requirements
For our Advanced Vocational courses our entry requirements are a minimum of 5x Grade C/Level 4 including either Maths or English Language at Level 4 or above, and no less than a Level 3 in the other.
Some courses and subjects will have additional specific entry requirements or require DBS clearance to undertake placements. Information about this can be found on the Apply Portal, and on your offer letter which you will receive after your interview.
- How will I be assessed?
The course is assessed through coursework which takes the form of assignments, successful completion of each placement and external assessment.
- Progression Pathway
Many students go on to further study at universities such as Liverpool, Chester and Edge Hill for Primary or Early Years Teaching; or directly into employment as a nursery practitioner, as the qualification provides a licence to practice as an early years practitioner.
- Disclosure and Barring Services (DBS) for 16-18 Students
Students applying for this course undertake work placements with children and vulnerable people as part of their course. It is a requirement that all students complete a Disclosure and Barring Services (DBS) check to confirm they do not have any cautions or convictions which would put in question their suitability to work in these areas. Students who do have convictions may not be able to complete this course.
If this is a cause for concern please speak in confidence to a member of the Schools Liaison team, contact the Head of School or discuss this at one of the College Open Evenings.
- National Careers Service
For guidance about what careers subjects can lead on to please follow this link to the National Careers Service.