Level 3 Diploma for the Children and Young People's Workforce - MK College

Level 3 Diploma for the Children and young peoples Workforce

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LEVEL 3 DIPLOMA FOR THE CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLES WORKFORCE

What will I do?

Research has shown that the first eight years of a child’s life are critical for their cognitive, social, emotional and physical development.  Therefore, it is vital they receive the support they need for this development.

This course will equip learners with a detailed understanding of child development, including safeguarding children and promoting their health, safety and welfare.  Learners will also look at how to promote equality, diversity and inclusion in Early Years settings, support children with additional needs, and support children’s development. They will look at how to plan and lead play activities to support children’s learning and development and how to work in partnership with other professionals and key individuals.

This course is split into eighteen manageable units:

Unit 1: Understand child development

Unit 2: Support the holistic development of children

Unit 3: Safeguarding and child protection in early years

Unit 4: Promote the health, safety and welfare of young children

Unit 5: Support the health, well-being and physical care needs of children in Early Years settings

Unit 6: Equality, diversity and inclusion in Early Years settings

Unit 7: Support positive behaviour in children

Unit 8: Support children with additional support needs

Unit 9: Support attachment when working with children in Early Years settings

Unit 10: Support children through transitions

Unit 11: Plan, lead and evaluate purposeful play activities to support children’s learning and development

Unit 12: Support the development of reading, literacy and mathematical skills in Early Years settings

Unit 13: Extending children’s learning and thinking in Early Years settings

Unit 14: Assessment and observation in Early Years settings

Unit 15: Recording, storing reporting and sharing information in Early Years settings

Unit 16: Working in partnership with colleagues, professionals, and key individuals in Early Years settings

Unit 17:  Continuing professional development in Early Years education

Unit 18:  Competency assessments* *This competency unit at the end of the course enables learners to demonstrate the skills they have learned and practice.

What’s next?

The qualification also provides opportunities for the confirmation of competence for Early Years Educator status.

Is it for me?

This course is suitable for those who work with children from birth to 5 years olds in a variety of settings.  It develops the knowledge and skills that are required to work with children from birth to 5 years together with an understanding of the expected development of children aged 5-7 years.

The knowledge elements of this course are delivered online using our learning platform EQual. Students must have full use of either a PC, Laptop or Tablet and have ongoing access to the Internet.

Learners will also be required to attend  6 x tutor lead workshops either online via Teams or face to face at the College.

Learners will need to be observed in the workplace on a minimum of 3 occasions undertaking daily work activities

HOW MUCH WILL I HAVE TO STUDY EACH WEEK?

The course duration is approximately 6 months for experienced practitioners who hold a Level 2 qualification or have been working in the sector for a long period of time. Less experienced learners will take up to 9 months. Course start dates are offered throughout the year

COURSE HIGHLIGHTS

  • The course is delivered via a blend of distance learning and tutor lead workshops
  • Gain a nationally sector recognised qualification
  • Engaging and interactive online activities that stretch learners thinking and help put new extended skills and knowledge into practice
  • Personal tutors are assigned to you to ensure you have the support needed to succeed
  • Gain the experience, skills and qualification to become an Early Years Practitioner.
  • Provides opportunities for the confirmation of competence for Early Years Educator status.

HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?

This course requires the completion and passing of marked online unit assessments at the end of each unit.  Learners will also be observed in the workplace on a minimum of 3 occasions to confirm occupational competence.   Learners are allocated a course tutor who will mark assessments and are able to offer support through the online learning platform.

ARE THERE ANY ENTRY REQUIREMENTS?

Applicants must be aged 19 or above and be working in an appropriate Early Years setting. A designated workplace mentor must be available for the duration of the programme.

Applicants should demonstrate a good level of spoken and written English

Learners must have lived in the EU for the last three years, currently reside in England, with a postcode outside of London, Greater Manchester, Liverpool City, Cambridge & Peterborough, Tees Valley, and the West Midlands. Please contact providers in your local area for alternative options.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

  • This course is available to be fully funded under the Level 3 Skills Offer for eligible applicants who do not already have a full Level 3 qualification (or equivalent) qualification.

Applicants for this course may qualify for an Advanced Learning Loan if not eligible for the Level 3 Skills Offer.

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