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This qualification is designed to stimulate interest and encourage the learners' understanding of the skills and knowledge needed to care for young children. It builds on the knowledge covered in Entry Level Caring for Children. 

It is aimed at learners needing to develop life skills as well as those who are thinking of working in childcare.

  • 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: 

    • Maths and English Assessment 
    • Assessment and interview

    If required, you will study GCSE or Functional Skills English and/or maths alongside your course so you can progress to the next level.

  • What will I study?

    This course consists of the following modules:

    • Sharing learning experiences
    • Growth and Development of young Children
    • Understanding learning and development through play
    • Healthy eating for families
    • Practical health and safety when working with young children
    • Craft activities for young children
    • Preparing for your next steps
    • Music activities for young children
    • Supporting babies to play
    • Science activities
    • Forest Schools
    • Children's play and leisure activities in the community
  • How will I be assessed?

    You will be assessed via:

    • Written tasks
    • Practical activity
    • Study visits
    • Team building activities

    Learners will be assessed via a portfolio of evidence.

  • Enrichment

    To further enhance your progression, you will actively participate in skills competitions, such as the Big Idea Challenge and Skills London. You will be involved in taking part in trips and visits, such as The Bank of England and attend Business Conferences. You will also have access to key employers that will deliver guest lectures to build your industry knowledge and create your future.

    Our Student Common Room is a great place to unwind and relax during your breaks. It features pool tables, table tennis, a gaming corner and lots of comfy sofas so you can refresh before your next lesson.

    Themed events are held in the Common Room so you can get the best experience of being a Waltham Forest College student.

  • Work Experience

    You must complete 36 hours (1 week) of external work placement which is an essential part of the programme.

  • Progression opportunities

    This qualification provides a straightforward progression to the Level 2 Diploma in Caring for Children giving the opportunity to carry forward shared units.

    Learners are also able to progress to a level 2 qualification in Childcare or Health and Social Care.

    Although the qualification does not qualify learners to work with children it does support them in preparing for the next steps either in training or moving towards the world of work.

    Further progression opportunities will depend on the learners' abilities, but could include a broad range of destinations in Foundation Learning including:

    • GCSEs
    • supported employment
  • 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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