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This qualification will give learners a basic understanding of childcare and education, parenting and babysitting. It will also help them to make an informed choice about working with children and young people.

The main benefits of this nested approach to achieving a qualification are:

  • It enables learners to achieve in bite sizes and increase their knowledge in these areas.
  • It will enable learners to make an informed decision about progression into further study in this area.

This course is ideal for anyone who is looking to start a career in a range of education, childcare or early years occupations.

Career options might include:

  • Nursery worker
  • Teaching assistant
  • Playworker
  • Learning mentor
  • Special educational needs teaching assistant
  • And many more

Note: This qualification does not carry the Licence to Practice.

  • Sector Overview

    The Childcare Industry is forecast to grow over the next five years in line with rising employment, which is set to stimulate demand for childcare services.

    Additionally, as more households become eligible for free childcare and tax-free childcare schemes, government expenditure within the childcare sector is expected to increase.

  • Entry Requirements

    The entry requirements for this course are:

    • GCSE Grade 3 or Functional Skills Level 1 in both maths and English
    • An aptitude and keenness to progress onto a T Level in Education and Childcare

    All students will be required to attend an interview demonstrating their commitment to the programme, and evidencing their qualifications on entry, and sit a diagnostic test in both English and maths.

    If a Grade 4 in maths and English has not been achieved, you will be learning these alongside your childcare programme with the expectation to have achieved this by the time you progress onto the chosen T Level.

    As part of this programme an enhanced DBS check will be required for placement and as an industry requirement (provided by the College).

    Please ensure correct information on any convictions is recorded on your college application so we can discuss this with you.

  • What will I study?

    This course consists of the following modules:

    • Safeguarding 
    • Importance of play
    • Child Development 
    • Craft Activities
    • Respecting and valuing children 
    • Supporting children with additional needs
    • Care routines
    • Positive behaviour
  • How will I be assessed?

    You will be assessed via:

    • Written tasks
    • Practical activity
    • Study visits
    • Team building activities
    • Portfolio of evidence
  • Enrichment

    To further enhance your progression, you will actively participate in taking part in trips and visits, such as The Special Needs exhibition and a visit to a Forest School. You will also have access to key employers that will deliver guest lectures to build your industry knowledge and create your future.

  • Work Experience

    All students must complete a minimum of 150 hours working with an employer(s) on an industry placement.

    You will be assigned a workplace assessor who will support you in the placement and monitor your progress.

  • Progression opportunities

    The completion of this course will allow you to progress onto 

    • Early Years Practitioner Level 2
    • Education and Childcare T Level 3
    • Employment in the Early Years sector
  • Alumni

    Waltham Forest College is a vibrant and aspirational college and will support you to reach your career aspirations. Last year 96% of learners progressed onto a positive destination either to higher levels of study, employment, or an Apprenticeship.

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