Level 2 Certificate and Level 3 Technical Diploma in Childcare and Education

The Department for Childcare and Education offers students the opportunity to study at Level 2 and Level 3 for a qualification that leads directly into employment or on to a University course.

Level 2 students study the Introduction to Caring for Children and Young People and the Certificate in Early Years Care and Education. The two courses are combined with work experience where assessments take place. All work is internally assessed by qualified Assessors; assessment includes tasks set by CACHE, assignments and assessment of practical work in the placement. There are 2 controlled externally marked assessments as a mandatory part of the Level 3 course.

Learners can progress to the Level 3 Diploma in Childcare and Education or go into employment as a Nursery Assistant, Classroom Assistant, Pre-school Assistant or other related jobs.

The CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Childcare and Education will train students to the highest standards and will provide the licence to practise and the status of being an Early Years Educator. Inline with Government directives you will be required to have five GCSE's at A to C grade and to include Mathematics and English.

The qualification enables students to work with children aged 0-5 years and gain knowledge of children aged 5-7 years and includes collating two Portfolios of Professional Practice.

In line with Level 2, all work is internally assessed by qualified Assessors; assessment includes tasks set by CACHE, assignments and assessment of practical work in the placement.

Students have time in work placements to develop the practical skills necessary to work effectively with children, families and professionals, with Academy based studies to underpin the knowledge requirement for this very important phase of human development.

Students will study theories supporting development, learn how to plan activities and lessons inline with current government guidelines, study Health and Safety, communication skills, and build up their own professional development portfolio.

We expect students to set their own targets, be enthusiastic and committed to their chosen vocation, and to be ambassadors for the Academy. In return the department provide a supportive, dedicated atmosphere in which to work, where equality of opportunity and inclusive education are integral to our course.

We have a proven record of success both in employment and university places for our students and welcome those who are looking for a career in working with children and young people.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

The minimum entry requirements for level 3 applied study are required for the Level 3 Diploma. There are no formal entry requirements for the level 2 qualification, other than enthusiasm and commitment to working with young children.