Early Years

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    This course gives you the opportunity to learn about children and young people’s workforce. You will study: • Play and learning • Children’s development • The role of the childcare worker • Working with parents

    "The college provides a good range of relevant and stimulating opportunities for learners to visit employers and take part in community enterprises.” (Ofsted, 2013)

    This course is perfect for you if you are looking for a career working with children and young people, but are not yet ready to take a Level 3 qualification. You will be able to gain practical experience working in a real workplace, while studying the essential skills necessary to progress further. You will also be required to study English and Maths to improve your skills. You will study a range of units relating to the Children and Young People's Workforce. The topics you will study may include: - Communication and Personal Development within a workplace of childcare setting - Children's and young peoples' development - Equality and Inclusion - Supporting the creativity of children and young people - Supporting children and young people's play and leisure - Supporting children with a range of communication difficulties and/or special educational needs - Health and Safety and Safeguarding - Working in Partnership with services and professionals who support Children and Young People - Paediatric emergency first aid, and managing paediatric illness or injury You will be assessed through your course work and work placement performance which will take place in a variety of early years settings. A fee is charged for the DBS check, and T-Shirt. You will also be charged a fee at enrolment to cover the cost of at least one educational trip or acitivity. Further events arranged during the year, may require an additional fee payable at the time of booking. You will be advised of the appropriate text book, which we would encourage you to purchase independently. This course is available at Gloucester, Cheltenham, and Five Acres, Royal Forest of Dean Campuses.

At Gloucestershire College we want students to develop their English and maths skills so that they achieve their learning goals and future career aims. For this reason all full-time students who have not achieved grade A* to C English language or maths GCSE will study these subjects as part of their course.

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Early Years

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Why Gloucestershire College?

We have a lot of experience offering Apprenticeships and work-related training. We have industry-standard facilities and experienced teaching staff which provide the ideal complement to work-based learning.

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