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Working with Children in Early Years and Primary Settings

Level 2

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Key Info

Learning Area   Children, Schools & Families
Delivery Mode   Full-time
Duration   1 Year
Course Code   10438-CAM-22,10281-STA-22

Dates & Locations

Course Type   16-19, Adult
Location   Cornwall College Camborne
Start Date   14/09/2022

Course Type   16-19, Adult
Location   Cornwall College St Austell
Start Date   12/09/2022

Do you enjoy being around children, have an interest in child development and are patient, caring, enthusiastic and enjoy being creative? But most of all do you have a sense of fun?

This one year course will allow you to get hands on in a childcare setting and Primary School, interacting with children and being part of a team whose main aim is to provide a caring and enabling environment. You will take part in a weekly work placement and attend college in order to complete the course.

You will take part in practical and theory lessons, in well- equipped classrooms that replicate the childcare and Primary School settings. Our classrooms are well furnished with educational furniture and resources that allow you to explore the world of all ages of children, from learning about nappy changing, to preparing bottles, making nutritious food, to setting up an exciting and educational play environment, and getting creative with arts and crafts and sensory play.

You will be taught by sector experienced tutors who are there to fully support you in your chosen career.

  What You Will Learn

This 1 year course will explain the role of the practitioner when caring and educating children, it will give you a working knowledge of current curriculum and build on your skills to be an effective team member. Our experienced tutors will give you the skills and confidence, to be able to create exciting play and educational opportunities for children, from making playdough to the importance of outdoor play.

  Entry Requirements

You will be required to hold a DBS which allows you to be with children and young people. The college will pay for this. You will need to present a minimum of 3 bits of evidence such as birth certificate, current passport, bank statement, Driving Licence, proof of address or child tax credit letter with your name on. Proof of a minimum of one weeks work experience with children in a childcare or Primary School setting.

  Work Experience

Throughout your course you will need to spend two days a week in a childcare and Primary School setting. This could be a Private Day Nursery, Nursery attached to a Primary School, Pre-School, Primary School and Childminder. We help you to find your placement and a member of the team will visit you once per term to see how you are progressing.


You will be assessed throughout the year both with internal assignments and external assessment. You will also have assessments that you will need to complete in the workplace.


Once you have finished the level 2 course you will have real experience and knowledge of working in a setting providing care and education to children. You may choose to progress on to the more advanced level 3 course which could open doors into a large variety of careers in the education and care sector, from social work, to play therapy, speech and language, teaching assistants and many more.




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Studying at Cornwall College was an excellent experience. The staff at both campuses were outstanding and really went the extra mile to support the learning journey for all of us. The range of modules were excellent and up-to-date and highly relevant to my chosen profession.

After the course, I joined a SCITT programme and completed this alongside my PGCE to become a primary school teacher. I have now completed my NQT Induction year and am fully qualified. Since September 2017, I have been studying towards an MA Education as I want to develop professionally and academically.

I am a full-time teacher in a year 3/4 class in a primary school in North Cornwall and have a key focus in development strategies in Literacy. Working as a teacher is even more rewarding than I could have imagined, seeing those ‘lightbulb’ moments is such an amazing experience.

Completing my Degree with Cornwall College has provided opportunities and experiences that I could only have hoped for with another institution

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