What you will study
You will achieve 31 credits from the mandatory units and four from the optional units. In total you will require at least 35 credits to achieve the full Certificate.
You will learn essential areas of childcare such as communication, building relationships, keeping children safe, how to create a safe, happy and learning environment, basic child development, and equality and diversity.
You will also be expected to work towards Functional Skills qualifications in Maths , English and IT at the designated Level, unless you have already achieved an acceptable equivalent. Maths , English and IT are key elements of apprenticeship
programmes and if you do not already have a GCSE at grade 9-4 or A*-C in these subjects you will be required to study Functional Skills at the appropriate levels.
Skills in Maths and English will support your apprenticeship programme, assisting you with assignment writing, research, job applications, presentations, managing your own finances and interpretation of data, to mention just a few. They will also help you in the future. Most employers are looking for ability in these areas and the majority of university courses require you to have Maths and English GCSEs at A*-C (or new grade 9-4). This is why the development of Maths and English is so important, whatever your field of study.
You will be allocated an Assessor who will assess you in your workplace by observing you carrying out your daily tasks and duties.
You will be required to answer written/oral questions and record what you do at work. Your assessor will help you build a portfolio of work.
You should also be given some time off during your working week to complete your college work.
You must be employed in a day nursery, crèche, playgroup or school. You will also need Level 1 Literacy and Numeracy qualifications. If you do not have the relevant level of qualification, we can assess your current level of literacy and numeracy and you will be supported to achieve such as this is part of the apprenticeship framework.
If you move into a job role with supervisory responsibility, your next step would be the EYE level 3.
The Certificate and Diploma for the Children and Young Peoples Workforce can help you develop your career as a childminder, nanny, youth worker, nursery nurse or nursery manager. You could work in Local Authority or privately run nurseries, Sure Start Childrens Centres, nursery or primary schools, playgroups or pre-schools.