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Certificate in an Introduction to Early Years Education and Care Level 2

Berwick Main Centre
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Certificate in an Introduction to Early Years Education and Care Level 2

Start Date:
11 September

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for learners aged 18 years and over and prepares learners to work with children between birth and 5 years (with knowledge of children up to 7 years). The qualification will enable learners to develop the knowledge and skills needed when working in the early years sector including professional practice, legislation and frameworks and child development.

Do I need any formal qualifications?

You should have / be working towards GCSEs in maths and English at grade D or above. At a minimum you must be able to demonstrate positive communication skills and effective levels of reading, writing sufficient to meet the requirements of this training. All applicants must undertake an interview and apply for DBS clearance to demonstrate that they do not have a criminal background which might prevent them from working with young people or vulnerable adults. Learners also need to have a placement for at least one day a week within an early years setting. You must find this yourself and should bring written confirmation to interview.

What will I study on the course?

A range of units related to the role of an early years practitioner, child development and play and legislative requirements, split into four themes;

Theme 1- Introducing the role of the early years practitioner

Theme 2 Legislation, framework and professional practice

Theme 3 Play, development and learning for school readiness

Theme 4 Professional development

The course runs for 1 half day per fortnight over 1 year. As an adult work-based learner you will be expected to attend all sessions and use the information given to further research independently and complete work to progress through your award. You will also be expected to access our VLE (virtual learning environment) to further support your studies. In addition you will be required to undertake 1 - 2 days placement per week to gain the essential skills to support your award (250 recommended placement hours).

Certificate in an Introduction to Early Years Education and Care Level 2

Progress to level 3

Many of our learners study for free with a Fee Waiver when they are in receipt of qualifying benefits or studying a first full Level 2 or Level 3 qualification and meet age restrictions or are aged between 16-18.

If you are not entitled to a Fee Waiver, you may be entitled to receive Learner Support Funds to help with paying your course fees, or if you are aged over 19 and planning to study at Level 3 or 4 and have not previously studied at Level 3 or above you will be able to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan that covers the costs of your tuition fees. The loan will not cover the cost of any examination / registration fees and these will need to be paid for separately, or you may be entitled to receive Learner Support Funds to help cover the cost.

All learners may also apply for help with the cost of travel to college and the college may be able to help with the costs of childcare, travel, books, equipment and meals.

For more information our Help Hub team is available on 01670 841 200 or email helphub@northland.ac.uk.

How can I apply for this course?

Apply online by clicking here and registering, alternatively please contact our Help Hub on 01670 841 200, email helphub@northland.ac.uk or drop in to one of our open events.

Alternatively, if this is the course for you please click Book and Enrol Now – please note this option is only available for certain courses.

Where can I get any further information about the course?

You may find further information within this website including within case studies and our media gallery. You may also come along to an open event – dates of college events are listed here http://www.northumberland.ac.uk/events/

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