This course is designed to meet the needs of motivated, enthusiastic people interested in a career working with children or who wish to progress on to university.
This nationally recognised Level 3 course leads to the achievement of Early Years Educator status, recommended by the Department for Education (DfE) as the full and relevant qualification required to undertake such roles as working with children under 5 as a Keyworker in a Nursery or Early Years Foundation Stage setting or as a Teaching Assistant in a Reception class in Primary schools. It is a ‘gateway’ qualification for many other careers within the Children’s Workforce such as Portage Worker, Family Support Worker, SENCO or Children’s Health Support worker. Those who wish to continue into Higher Education will gain UCAS points which will enable them to progress into careers such as Early Years or Primary Teacher, Social Worker, Speech & Language Therapist or Play Therapist among others.
Learners will enjoy a variety of innovative teaching approaches and study a diverse range of subjects which are delivered within Core themes which include: Children’s Health and well-being, Legislation, Play, development and learning for school readiness and Professional development.
Duchy College has been training within the children’s workforce for over 17 years. We have past students who are now in management and leadership roles working in a range of employment positions and provisions including Nursery, Pre School and Primary School settings throughout Devon and Cornwall. We aim to set high standards in our teaching in order to ensure that our students when they qualify are striving for outstanding practice in their work settings. We have trained whole staff teams at levels 2, 3, 4 and 5 in settings which, as a result of their excellent practice have been graded by Ofsted as Outstanding; these have included locally Ducklings Pre School, Pensilva Pre School and Kingsfisher Nursery.
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You are keen to develop the skills required for a career in education or nursery care, or wish to go on to a Foundation Degree at Duchy College or at other campuses within Cornwall College.
To have achieved GCSE grade C in English and maths before you start the course, but you could study these alongside the Level 3. Throughout the course you will need to be either employed or be volunteering in an early years setting for at least two half days or one full day each week.
From a range of theoretical and practical units including children’s learning activities, safeguarding, professional practice, and promoting children’s development. An integral part of your course is work placement in nurseries and primary schools and you will complete at least 350 hours of work experience.
The course is assessed through Practical class based activity, written assignments, workplace reports and assessments, along with the completion of a portfolio demonstrating your competencies.
You will conduct 2 Longitudinal studies of young children observing their play, learning & development and helping to plan for their next steps.
In addition to attendance at college you will receive regular assessments of written assignment work, portfolio evidence and observations of your working practice within your work setting.
You will also need to have gained approximately 700 hours in an early years setting while you are working towards your qualification.
The ongoing support, both in college and in your workplace setting: developing the transferable skills and knowledge that will increase your progression into careers such as primary teaching, nursery management, child psychology, and speech and language therapy.
Employment or have the opportunity to progress to university study such as our FdA Children, Schools & Families.
*Courses listed on this website are indicative of the subject, nature and level of study. The college reserves the right to alter specific qualifications titles, awarding bodies and levels of qualification, which can change in year. Any cost may also vary, based on personal funding eligibility.