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Childcare, Teaching and Learning courses explained – for learners

Understanding how to set up a Home Based Childcare Service

This qualification has been designed as a form of induction to childminding. The course is aimed at individuals who may wish to become a childminder.

Attending an Introduction to Childminding Practice course is a MANDATORY requirement of the registration process with OFSTED.

The course has been designed as a form of induction to your role as a registered childminder or home based childcarer. During the course you will explore topics;-.How to establish a safe and healthy home based environment for children, the importance of partnerships with parents, how to provide play and other activities for children that will support equality and inclusion, how home based childcarers can support the safeguarding of children in their care.

This course develops the knowledge and skills for Childminding Practice. The course covers the basic issues relating to childminding and provides candidates with a recognised certificate which meets OFSTED requirements.

The course is aimed at individuals who may wish to become a childminder or who are registered.

You can start this course on a date convenient to you. You’ll meet your assessor, once a month at your work, your home or West Offices. The course will last for approximately eight weeks and costs £180.

Level 2 Children and Young People's Workforce

The Level 2 will suit you if you work, or are about to work, in a supporting role as a nursery assistant, Crèche worker or special educational needs assistant. You want to work with children, but you’ll generally work under supervision.

This qualification is assessed at work. For each unit, your assessor will watch and ask questions as you perform a task, or will look at a portfolio of work that you’ve built as formal evidence of your learning.

To achieve the Level 2 Certificate for the Children & Young People’s Workforce, learners must achieve 35 credits overall, 29 credits from the mandatory units and a minimum of 6 credits from the optional units available. For example; Support Children and Young People with Disabilities and Special Educational Needs; Support Children and Young People’s Play and Leisure, Contribute to the Support of Children’s Communication, Language and Literacy.

There is a diverse range of job roles for people with child care qualifications. These qualifications can help you find work as a:Nursery nurse, Childminder, SureStart worker , Special Educational Needs assistant, Child care centre manager , Preschool advisor.

This course is suitable for you if you work, or are about to work, as a nursery assistant, crèche worker or special educational needs assistant in a supporting role. You should want to work with children, but you’ll generally work under supervision.

You can start this course on a date convenient to you. You’ll meet your assessor, once a month at your work, your home or West Offices. The course will last for approximately one year.

Level 2 Playwork

You may be interested in this course if you have worked in a playwork setting for some time and you would like to progress your career in order to take on greater responsibility.

This qualification is assessed at work. For each unit, your assessor will watch and ask questions as you perform a task, or will look at a portfolio of work that you’ve built as formal evidence of your learning.

To achieve the Level 2 Certificate in Playwork learners must achieve 25 credits’ worth of mandatory units, as well as a minimum of 16 credits from a range of optional units. Sample units are Playwork principles, Reflective playwork practice, Support the travel of children and young people outside the play environment.

Completing this qualification could lead to a role as a: Playworker, Childminder, Holiday centre worker or manager, Holiday representative, Leisure centre assistant or manager, Play therapist, School lunchtime supervisor, Youth and community worker.

Level 2 will suit you if you have worked in a playwork setting for some time. You would like to progress in your career and take on greater responsibility.

You can start this course on a date convenient to you. You’ll meet your assessor, once a month at your work, your home or West Offices. The course will last for approximately one year.

Level 2 Teaching and Learning in Schools

Level 2 will suit you if you are already working in a school and want a qualification that proves your skills and helps you develop your career.

This qualification is assessed at work. For each unit, your assessor will watch and ask questions as you perform a task, or will look at a portfolio of work that you’ve built as formal evidence of your learning.

Level 2 certificates are also comprised of both mandatory and optional units, including: Safeguarding the welfare of children and young people, Helps improve own and team practice in schools, Support children and young people’s positive behaviour, Provide displays in schools, Provide support for therapy sessions.

On completion of this qualification, you can gain a role supporting staff in schools.

Level 2 will suit you if you are already working in a school and want a qualification that proves your skills and helps you develop your career.

You can start this course on a date convenient to you. You’ll meet your assessor, once a month at your work, your home or West Offices. The course will last for approximately one year.

Level 3 Diploma in Playwork

You may be interested in this course if you’re either working as a supervisor in a playwork setting or would like to take on a supervisory role – this could be in a job at an after-school club, adventure playground or play scheme.

This qualification is assessed at work. For each unit, your assessor will watch and ask questions as you perform a task, or will look at a portfolio of work that you’ve built as formal evidence of your learning.

To complete the level 3 Diploma you must achieve 65 credits in total- 46 credits from the 13 mandatory units and a minimum of 19 credits from the optional units available. Mandatory units include: Work with colleagues in a Playwork team, Understand Playwork principles, Manage a budget.

Completing this qualification could lead to a role as a: Playworker, Childminder, Holiday centre worker or manager, Holiday representative, Leisure centre assistant or manager, Play therapist, School lunchtime supervisor, Youth and community worker.

Level 3 will suit if you’re either working as a supervisor in a playwork setting or would like to take on a supervisory role – this could be in a job at an after-school club, adventure playground or play scheme.

You can start this course on a date convenient to you. You’ll meet your assessor, once a month at your work, your home or West Offices. The course will last for approximately one year and is eligible for funding with the Advanced Learner Loan.

Level 5 Diploma in Leadership - Childcare

These qualifications are designed for learners who want to develop a career as a childminder, youth worker, nursery nurse or nursery manager.

This qualification is assessed at work. For each unit, your assessor will watch and ask questions as you perform a task, or will look at a portfolio of work that you’ve built as formal evidence of your learning.

Management – 12 Mandatory Units, including Lead and manage a team, Develop professional supervision practice.Advanced Practice – 10 Mandatory units including Lead practice that supports positive outcomes for children and young people.Plus optional units for both areas.

There is a diverse range of job roles for people with child care qualifications. These qualifications can help you find work as a Nursery nurse, Childminder , SureStart worker, Special Educational Needs assistant, Child care centre manager, Preschool advisor.

This qualification is ideal if you work as a senior practitioner, deputy manager or assistant manager within Early Years and Children and Young Peoples’ settings, including Integrated children’s centres, Approved home care, Out of school settings, Day nurseries or crèches, Family centres, Playgroups.

You can start this course on a date convenient to you. You’ll meet your assessor, once a month at your work, your home or West Offices. The course will last for approximately one year and is eligible for funding with the Advanced Learner Loan.

Level 3 Teaching and Learning in Schools

Level 3 is ideal if you have significant experience as a school support worker and wish to move into a more specialised role – in administration, learning support and management.

This qualification is assessed at work. For each unit, your assessor will watch and ask questions as you perform a task, or will look at a portfolio of work that you’ve built as formal evidence of your learning.

To achieve the Diploma, you must complete both mandatory and optional units. Optional units have been divided into the following six groups: Group A – Supporting learning, Group B – English as an additional language, Group C – Special educational needs, Group D – Providing pastoral support, Group E – Supporting the wider work of the school, Group F – Working with colleagues.

On completion of these qualifications, you can gain a role supporting staff in schools.

Level 3 is ideal if you have significant experience as a school support worker and wish to move into a more specialised role – in administration, learning support and management.

You can start this course on a date convenient to you. You’ll meet your assessor, once a month at your work, your home or West Offices. The course will last for approximately one year.

Level 3 Early Years Educator

Level 3 is ideal if you have significant experience as a school support worker and wish to move into a more specialised role – in administration, learning support and management.

This qualification is assessed at work. For each unit, your assessor will watch and ask questions as you perform a task, or will look at a portfolio of work that you’ve built as formal evidence of your learning.

To achieve the Diploma, you must complete both mandatory and optional units. Optional units have been divided into the following six groups: Group A – Supporting learning, Group B – English as an additional language, Group C – Special educational needs, Group D – Providing pastoral support, Group E – Supporting the wider work of the school, Group F – Working with colleagues.

On completion of these qualifications, you can gain a role supporting staff in schools.

Level 3 is ideal if you have significant experience as a school support worker and wish to move into a more specialised role – in administration, learning support and management.

You can start this course on a date convenient to you. You’ll meet your assessor, once a month at your work, your home or West Offices. The course will last for approximately one year.