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Diploma, Level 1

Childcare & Early Years Education

This study programme is designed to give you the knowledge and skills needed to support the care and education of babies and young children in a day nursery or school.

The programme is aimed at learners who are thinking of working in childcare either in a nursery or a school or who are aiming to progress into higher education to complete an early years or primary education degree.

At level 1 you will be in college between 3 and 4 days with organised visits to settings.

The programme will help you to understand your own personal and social development, including how to behave professionally. It is very important that learners are able to manage their own behaviour and follow the college rules, as young children learn how to behave from the people around them, so we must be positive role models when working with children.

This study programme will cover a range of the topics and units at each level, some of which are listed below:

• Sharing learning experiences with children
• Health and safety with young children
• Understanding learning and development through play
• Growth and development of young children
• Safeguarding children and young people

On successful completion and with the required English and maths grades you can progress through the levels.

To be accepted onto a childcare course you will require a good reference from your previous school showing a positive attitude and good attendance.

There are no formal entry requirements.

You will be assessed to make sure you understand what you have been taught, through completing workbooks, writing essays, producing leaflets, answering questions or through presentation and practical tasks in the classroom. You will be set between 4- and 8-hours homework each week, depending on the level of course.