Childcare Courses

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This qualification is suitable for post-16 students looking to develop both knowledge and practical skills in the Education and Early Years sector.

You will spend 80% of the course in your learning environment, gaining the skills that employers need. The other 20% is a meaningful industry placement, where you put your learnt skills into action. The industry placement is used to assess students' Early Years Educator competencies.

  • About the Course

    You will study:

    Core content:

    • The Education and Early Years sector from ages 0 to 19
    • Child development
    • How to support children and young people's education
    • Safeguarding, health and safety and wellbeing
    • Understanding and managing behaviour
    • Observing and assessing children and young people
    • Equality and diversity
    • Special educational needs and disability
    • English as an additional language
    • Working with parents,carers and wider families
    • Working with agencies and services that support children, families and carers
    • Reflective practice and other forms of professional development.

    Core Skills:

  • CS1: Communicate information clearly to engage children and young people, for example to stimulate discussion and to secure understanding
  • CS2. Work with others to plan and provide activities to meet children and young people's needs
  • CS3. Use formative and summative assessment to monitor children and students' progress to plan and shape educational opportunities
  • CS4. How to assess and manage risks to your own and others' safety when planning activities.

      In the second year of the course, you will complete the following occupational specialism: Early Years Educator

  • Entry Requirements
    At least 5 GCSE 9-4 including Maths and English. If you do not meet the entry criteria and would like to study this course, you will be enrolled onto T Level Foundation – Education and Early Years
  • Progression
    After completing the T-Level qualification you can progress into employment, higher education or apprenticeship.
  • Assessment Method
    Core Component Year 1: Two Written examinations externally assessed by NCFE
    • Paper A written examination- covering 50% of the core knowledge and core understanding- Wider context, supporting education, Safeguarding, health and safety and wellbeing, Behaviour, Parents, families and carers, Working with others
    • Paper B written examination- Child development, Observation and assessment, Reflective practice, Equality and diversity, Special educational needs and disability, English as an additional language.

    Both papers are 2 hours long and consist of Multiple-choice questions, short-answers and extended writing. 2 hours.

    Occupational specialism component (Year 2) Synoptic assignments :3 task-based assignments including observations.

    In order to achieve a grade for the core component, students must have results for both sub-components (the core (written) examination and the employer set project). The combined results from these sub-components will be aggregated to form the overall core component grade (A*–E and U). If students fail to reach the minimum standard across all sub-components, they will receive a U grade. No overall grade will be issued for the core component until both sub-components have been attempted. The student is also required to successfully achieve a distinction/merit/pass grade in the occupational specialism component.

  • How to Apply

    Please click the apply now button and fill out the online application form. An adviser will be in touch regarding interview dates.


    Course Info

    Courses for 16-18 years

    Full Time

    Level 3

    Location Isleworth

    Start Date 02/09/2024


    Sonali Mukherjee
    Lecturer in Early Years Foundation Degree

    Sonali has worked in the field of Early Childhood Education for many years and has a wide range of experience in caring for children, teaching, professional training, and play-therapy roles.
    Sonali is interested in care and emotional bonds and supporting emotional relationships of children in Early Years settings. 

    Sonali is a trained teacher with a degree in teaching in the UK and abroad with an experience of imparting a range of professional and learning related modules at the undergraduate level.

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