Early Years

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    This course prepares learners to become Early Years Educators, enabling them to work with children from birth to 5 years and gain knowledge of children aged 5 to 7 years. You will study: • Health and well-being • Legislation frameworks and professional practice • Play development and learning for school readiness • Professional development

    "Tutorial arrangements are good because they provide a clear focus on progress and achievement.” (Ofsted, 2013)

    The Level 3 Diploma in Early Years Education and Care (Early Years Educator) is the only recognised qualification which will enable learners to progress into employment with pre-school children. The course is two years in length and you will be required to attend 2 different placement settings for a total of 730 hours over the two years. The college placement officer will support you in finding the placements. Your performance in your placements will be assessed, alongside the assessment of knowledge through three externally set assessments and ongoing coursework set by your class teachers. You will also undertake a longitudinal study - following and observing a child's development needs and interests. You will continue to improve your Maths and English skills to support young children in the workplace. A fee will be charged for the DBS check and a T-Shirt to be worn in placement. At enrolment you will be charged a fee for day trips or events. Most trips you participate in will be covered by this fee, but any residentials will incur additional fees during the course of studies. 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. We will also be offering this course on a part time basis at the Gloucester Campus where you will be required to attend the college for one day a week over 2 years.

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