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Childcare

WHAT'S IT ALL ABOUT?

Studying Childcare will give you extensive knowledge of the development of babies and young children. Students will gain an understanding of the stages and sequences of brain development, physical development and social skills, with classes delivered by staff who are experts from the childcare sector. 

WHAT WILL I DO?

The course includes up to 750 hours of placement, enabling you to work with babies and children within primary schools, nurseries and with childminders. You will gain an introduction to child development from conception to seven years; children’s health and well-being and providing safe environments for children. You will also be involved in activity sessions with children up to five years old in Harlow College’s ‘Little Seedlings’ stay and play area.

WHAT WILL I DO NEXT?

Progress to university, including the Higher National Certificate/Diploma inEarly Years Education at University Centre Harlow. Jobs in the sector include primary school teacher, nursery manager, SENCO worker, teaching assistant and council support officer. You could study an Apprenticeship in a related subject.

Childcare and Health & Social Care

You will gain basic skills and knowledge required to progress in the childcare and health & social care professions. You will also gain practical experience within childcare and health & social care environments.

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  • Level: 3
  • Study Mode: 1 day a week in college 4 days a week in employment
  • Start Date: October and February

Early Years Educator Apprenticeship

Do you enjoy working with young people and have a caring and patient nature? A career in childcare care could be perfect for you. Doing an Early Years apprenticeship will allow you to gain the skills you'll need to work in this dynamic industry. You'll learn how to work with children of different ages, educate and care for children and ultimately how to excel in your Early Years career.

You will be supervising others in the care and education of 0-5yr olds in early years settings and gaining practical and theoretical knowledge covering a variety of topics to include child development, health and safety, safeguarding and inclusion.

Early Years Educator Level 3

This course will enable you to gain a foundational knowledge of childcare in the classroom. Working alongside others from a variety of early year settings learning about the value of play, child development, partnership with parents and building relationships with children. Opportunities to network with others and share good practice of your workplace and take part in college activities developing skills in ICT, English & Maths.

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  • Level: 2
  • Study Mode: Part-time
  • Start Date:

    September, January & April

Early Years Level 2

This course will provide you with a foundational knowledge of childcare in the classroom. Working alongside others from a variety of early year settings learning about the value of play, child development, partnership with parents and building relationships with children. Opportunities to network with others and share good practice of your workplace and take part in college activities developing skills in ICT, English & Maths.

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  • Level: 2
  • Study Mode: 1 day a week in college 4 days a week in employment
  • Start Date: October and February

Early Years Practitioner Apprentice

You will be assisting others in the care and education of 0-5yr olds in an early years settings, gaining practical and theoretical knowledge covering a variety of topics to include child development, health and safety, safeguarding and inclusion.

Early Years Practitioner Level 2 Diploma

This course will provide you with a good knowledge of the development of babies and young children. You will gain an understanding of the stages and sequences of brain development, physical development and social skills. There is an opportunity to progress onto Level 3, (with the relevant GCSE's) or work as a qualified level 2 practitioner.

Supporting Teaching & Learning in Schools Level 2

This course offers learners first-hand experience of working in the education sector, whilst learning the knowledge and putting it into practice. Many students find part-time or full employment from the course whilst volunteering in the setting.

Supporting Teaching & Learning in Schools Level 3

This qualification will give you the knowledge and skills needed to work as qualified Teaching Assistant supporting children in primary, secondary or special schools. This qualification is ideal if you are interested in working as a teaching assistant or learning support assistant or are currently working in an unsupervised role that supports pupils' learning, including specialist roles. You will need to be working, volunteering or on practical placement as you will need to show competence in both knowledge and skills.

T Level Education and Childcare

T Levels are designed to deliver world-class technical education and give you a new choice after GCSEs. The Education and Childcare T level has been designed with leading businesses and employers in the sector and gives you: 

  • A thorough understanding of concepts and theories of the education and childcare sector.
  • The opportunity to solve real life problems in the education and childcare sector.
  • Valuable experience of learning from the experts through working side by side with those in the education and childcare sector on your industry placement so that you have the chance to learn what this career is like in the real world while you continue your studies.  
  • Specialist knowledge and skills relating to either early years or supporting and mentoring students in further and higher education 

T Level Pathway – Early Years Practitioner

You will gain knowledge and understanding of babies and young children from birth to seven years of age with applied knowledge in the early years, 0 – 5 years.