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Childcare and Teacher Training

Working with Children in Early Years and Primary Settings Level 2 Certificate Full-time

In Brief

Start Date / Duration

This course starts in September and runs for one year.

Entry requirements

You need to be aged 16 or above. You will also need to hold four GCSEs at Grade 3 or above including Maths and English.

You will achieve

Level 2 Working with Children in Early Years and Primary Settings Certificate.

Course overview

This qualification is perfect for you if you want to understand more about the role of the childcare practitioner in both an early years setting and a primary school.

Course content

This qualification will provide you with an opportunity to develop a well-rounded understanding of the learning and development of children aged 0 – 11 years and 11 months, supporting progression to further education or the workplace.

As part of this course, you will take part in a placement of at least 120 hours (four weeks) throughout the year. This placement will enable you to refine your teamwork skills, independence, confidence and improve your chances of gaining employment after College. You will be assessed by the supervisor and centre assessor at the early years and primary school settings.

As part of this course, you will study the following units:

  • Child development from birth to 11 years and 11 months
  • The role of the Childcare Practitioner
  • Play and learning and cultural capital
  • Nutrition
  • Exploring legislation
  • Professional skills development
  • Physical development and activity

You will be assessed by your tutor and your work placement supervisor and centre assessor using a range of methods. This will include direct observation in placement, oral questioning, portfolio of evidence and written assignments or tasks.

You will need to provide writing materials and stationery, a folder and a USB stick. Having access to a computer (computers can be accessed in College) would also be useful but it is not essential.

You will also need a current enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) certificate and willingness to travel to and from your placement.

You will also receive a pack when you enrol which includes two polo shirts for your placement and your DBS if needed. This pack costs £66.

You could progress onto our  Level 3 Education and Childcare T Level (Technical qualification).

See what careers are available in the Childcare sector. Use our online careers tool, Career Coach, to find out what your next steps could be.

How much does the course cost?

16 – 18 year olds

Full-time Barnsley College students aged 16-18 years old do not have to pay tuition fees.

19+ Students

Aged 19 or over and thinking about further education?

You may be eligible for free or reduced course fees . Please refer to our page ‘paying for your course.’

Extra information

For further information please contact our friendly Information Team on +44 (0)1226 216 123 or email info@barnsley.ac.uk

Barnsley College has a range of sports opportunities for all students to take part in, gain professional training and compete nationally and internationally. We also have a state-of-the-art fitness village, Honeywell Sports Village where students can make use of our fitness suite, spinning studio and classes for competitive rates. You don’t have to be studying sport to get involved in the Sports Academy.

Our Additional Learning Support team can provide you with the support you need. Please contact them on +44 (0)1226 216 769.

Having good English and Maths qualifications are important for most careers and we want to give you the help you need to succeed.

If you are aged 16 – 19 and don’t already have a grade C/4 or above in GCSE English and Maths they will automatically be included in your study programme. If you want to work towards higher grades in English and Maths we can help you do that too.

Need a higher level Maths qualification? We offer a Level 3 Mathematical Studies (Core Maths).

This can be added to your study programme.

If you need any further information, please contact our friendly Information Team.

Please note we reserve the right to change details without notice. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Working with Children in Early Years and Primary Settings Level 2 Certificate Full-time

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