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Early Years and Childcare 

In our society children are high on the Government’s agenda, with the aim that every child has the support they need to have the best start.

If you seek a fulfilling and challenging career, then John Ruskin College’s Early Years Department offers all you need to gain the qualifications to succeed.

You will need to demonstrate the following professional competencies: empathy; compassion; ability to show respect and honesty towards others; responsibility for own behaviour; effective verbal and nonverbal communication skills; excellent time keeping (punctuality and attendance); ability to work individually and as a team; ability to reflect on own practice for development; ability to demonstrate own initiative; and of course a keen interest in the subject.


Your studies will include:

  • A range of placements, for example, nurseries, schools and baby units
  • Higher Education links:
    – Visits to HE providers
    – Visits from HE providers to assist with UCAS applications
  • Employer Links:
    – Local children’s centres
    – Visits to professional exhibitions and conferences
    – Guest speakers

Please note:

  • A DBS check will need to be completed before you can commence your course. It is advisable to submit your application as early as possible
  • Work placements are mandatory on these courses
  • There will be a cost for your DBS, trips and possibly other relevant items relating to your course
  • Financial help is available, please contact Client Services on 020 8651 1131 for more details

Early Years Practitioner – Level 2 Diploma (NCFE CACHE)

1 Year
Entry Requirements: 4 GCSE grade 9-3 (A*-D) including English and Maths; or BTEC Level 1 Diploma Merit/Distinction and GCSE grade 9-3 (A*-D) in English and Maths or: Level 1 Diploma (NCFE CACHE) Pass and GCSE grade 9-3 (A*-D) in English and Maths
A clean DBS check
Assessment:
Coursework and practical work placements (minimum 250 hours work experience)

WHY STUDY THIS COURSE?
This course introduces you to caring for children and young people. Learn how children develop physically and emotionally, as well as how they learn to interact with people. Understand how to work with children aged 0-5 years and prepare for employment.

TOPICS INCLUDE

  • Child development
  • Safeguarding
  • Supporting children’s behaviour
  • Positive environments
  • Care routines for babies and young children

WHAT’S NEXT?

  • Early Years Educator Level 3 Diploma (NCFE CACHE)
  • Health & Social Care Level 3 Extended Diploma
  • Career as a Nursery Practitioner

Early Years Educator – Level 3 Diploma (NCFE CACHE)

2 Years / 168 UCAS points (Grade A*)
Entry Requirements:
5 GCSE grade 9-4 (A*-C) including English and Maths; or Level 2 Certificate (NCFE CACHE) Pass and GCSE 9-4 (A*-C) in English and Maths
A clean DBS check
Assessment:
Coursework, external assessment and practical placements

WHY STUDY THIS COURSE?
This course is a well-respected qualification for those of you considering a career working with children. You will do 750 hours work experience over 2 days a week throughout the course in 3 different early years’ settings and age groups. These hours are mandatory and will give you a licence to practise.

TOPICS INCLUDE

  • Child development and learning theory
  • Play
  • Keeping children safe
  • Working with parents
  • The early years foundation stage

WHAT’S NEXT?

  • A degree in Childhood Studies
  • PGCE in a specialist subject
  • Employment in a school or nursery as a practitioner or teaching assistant
  • Career as a Nanny

ALL COURSES CAN BE SUBJECT TO CHANGE

AC National Centre for Diversity - Most Improved Organisation of the year 2019 National Centre for Diversity - Number 4 in the Top 100 Index 2019 Leaders in Diversity National Centre for Diversity Top 100 Matrix The Quality in Careers Standard EU

As part of its funding agreement with the Skills Funding Agency, John Ruskin College vocational courses are part or fully funded by the European Social Fund.