Early Years Educator Level 2

Course Information

  • Course Code: CC011
  • Duration: 1 academic year
  • Validated by: National Council Further Education
  • Study Mode: Full time
Overview

This one year full time course is perfect for you if you want to work with children.

The programme is designed to help you build the knowledge and skills required for working with children from birth to 8 years of age.  You will benefit from our Virtual Baby programme which provides a realistic and practical approach to looking after a new baby.

You will be give the opportunity of work placements, with the ability to undertake 250 work placement hours.  Our dedicated placement team will support and assess you throughout this time.  Placements are located around your home area and will really boost your CV.  In addition we are also able to offer you enrichment activities e.g. educational visits to the Slavery Museum. 

To further enhance your programme you will be provided with additional opportunities through our partners.   Blackburn College are proud partners with both East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust and The Forest School learning experience.  We are the first College in the country to offer the pioneering and innovative Forest learning experience within a natural outdoor environment.  

Childcare is an extremely varied and rewarding career, offering opportunities to work within a nursery setting with babies and toddlers, or teaching young children in schools. 

 You will attend college on 2.5 days per week and will carry out your work placement for 2 days per week (if you have not achieved a Grade D or above in your Maths and English language GCSEs you will be required to work towards a GCSE Grade C as part of your Study Programme.)

The qualification you will gain upon successful completion is awarded by CACHE which is the UK's most recognised Childcare and Education Awarding body.

What will I study?

You will study:-

  • How to supervise children
  • Supporting positive behaviour
  • Children and young people's behaviour and development
  • Safeguarding 
  • Understanding partnership working
  • Employability skills
  • GCSE Maths and English (where appropriate)
Entry Requirements

You will need at least 4 GCSEs at grade D/3 including English Language and Maths, you could also progress to the Level 2 study programme from Level 1 with a D/3 in Maths and English along with a positive school report for attendance and punctuality.

A successful DBS check will also be required.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed by written tasks, activities and practical assessments.

You will also be assessed whilst on a practical work placement.

What can I do next?

Upon completion of the Level 2 programme you will be able to:

  • progress onto the Early Years Educator Level 3 Diploma which upon successful completion will enhance your career opportunities and give you the option to go enrol onto a degree.
  • Start work as a Level 2 Nursery Assistant or a Teaching Assistant.
Your Study Programme

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Facilities

You will study in our £18.3 million Beacon Centre which houses practical teaching rooms for care, cooking and creative activities. You will also have full use of the dedicated IT suites, library and resource centre, where you will have access to over 60 computers and 45,000 books. You will also have free WiFi access across the campus.

Enrichment & Employability

All Childhood Studies learners will participate in 800 hours of work experience in a variety of settings including schools, hospitals, nurseries, and childrens play centres.  Work experience is a vital part for all of the Childcare programmes and is essential for learners to be successful. You may also wish to take on voluntary work or paid summer work such as Camp America or local play schemes.

Students will have the opportunity to gain first aid quaifications and take part in the virtual baby programme.

Many learners engage in fund raising by holding an end of year musical, coffee mornings and soup kitchen volunteering.