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Level: 2

Location: Ilkeston

Years: 1

Interview: Y

Course Summary

This qualification equips you with the skills and knowledge to work under supervision with children and their families in settings such as nurseries, children’s centres or pre-schools. You will study at the College as well as having a practical placement working with children. 

Entry requirements

You need a profile of five GCSEs at grade D, including Maths (Grade 3 or above) and a grade C in English (Grade 4 or above), along with evidence of good attendance, punctuality, self-motivation and a positive attitude to study.

You must be willing to provide evidence for an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check which will have to be self-funded.  

You also need two references and to complete an Early Years taster day successfully.

Course Content

You will study at College for three days a week and will spend the other two days on placement within an Early Years setting. At College, you will cover units centred on four key themes:
  • Health and wellbeing
  • Legislation, frameworks and professional practice
  • Play, development and learning for school readiness
  • Professional development
During your placement, you will be required to carry out tasks which include child observations, activity plans and reflective diaries. To support your main programme of study, help your future progression and enhance your life skills, you will also develop your maths and English skills.

How will I be assessed?

Assessments are set by CACHE and will include assignments, presentations, planning for children and observations carried out within the placement.
 
Functional Skills and GCSEs will be assessed by portfolio and online assessment.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

You will need to wear flat shoes and smart trousers to your placement, along with a placement top that you can buy from the College.

You also need pens, paper and ring folders and to pay for your DBS check.

What can I do after this course?

Further study
 
There is the opportunity to progress to the advanced Early Years Educator course at Level 3 if you successfully achieve:
  • High grades in this qualification
  • GCSE English and Maths at grade C
  • Good attendance both at the College and on your placement
  • Good placement reports

Careers

You can also progress to work under supervision in Early Years settings.

 

 

 

This course is run at the Ilkeston Campus

About Ilkeston »

Harli-Marie Richards

Harli-Marie Richards

Exploring the rewards of a childcare career

Taking children to see piglets and new-born lambs is all part of a day’s work for nursery practitioner Harli-Marie Richards. Having completed her childcare apprenticeship, Harli-Marie was taken on permanently by Derby College’s Little Explorers nursery at Broomfield Hall campus.

Before embarking on her apprenticeship, Harli-Marie took A-levels but had no interest in university. She spotted the nursery opportunity and hasn’t looked back since. She worked towards an advanced NVQ qualification while undertaking on-the-job training.

It’s a great job and I love the fact that the children are free to enjoy the outdoor space. Little Explorers is special and I can’t imagine any other nursery quite like ours. I definitely see my longterm career in nursery care – and I applied straight away when a permanent role became available at Little Explorers.
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