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You wish to gain Early Years Educator status as a fully qualified member of the early years team in roles such as keyperson, nursery or pre-school supervisor in employment within the early years sector, or to progress on to higher level qualifications that lead to careers in other areas of the children and young people's workforce.
To have achieved GCSE grade C in English and maths before you start the course, but you could study these alongside the Level 3. Throughout the course you will need to be either employed or be volunteering in an early years setting for at least two half days or one full day each week. This needs to increase to two days each week once the attendance at college ceases in July of the first year.
At college you will study the mandatory units which make up the early years educator which include:
- Developing effective study skills
- Promote partnership working with parents
- Model, promote and support positive behaviour with children
- Principles of Safeguarding policies and procedures in the early years sector
- Working in partnership with colleagues and other professionals in early years settings
- Plan and implement activities, play opportunities and educational programmes in an early years setting
- Promoting children's health and welfare in an early years setting
- Promoting health and safety of children
- Promote children's speech and language and communication development
- Support organisational requirements for recording storing and disclosing information and providing reports in an early years setting
- Supporting children's creative and imaginative play experiences
- Supporting children experiencing transitions and significant events in the early years sector
- Continuous professional development using reflective practice
- Theories which underpin practice in the early years sector
- Child development from conception to 7 years 11 months
- Observation and assessment in the early years.
In addition to attendance at college you will receive regular assessments of written assignment work , portfolio evidence and observations of your working practice within your work setting.
You will also need to have gained approximately 700 hours in an early years setting while you are working towards your qualification.
That all our teaching and assessment team are all experienced practitioners and have all worked within the early years sector. All undertake regular professional updating within their chosen sector ensuring that you have the most up-to-date teaching available.
Employment within the early years sector in positions within primary schools, nursery or pre-schools, among other settings.
This course is considered a full and relevant qualification for working with children aged birth to 7 years. If you successfully gain the full diploma then you may progress onto higher education by undertaking the Foundation Degree for Children, Schools & Families.
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