Level 2 Childcare
Students aged 16-18
What is the course about?
This one-year course is an excellent starting point if you wish to work in childcare. Focusing on building experience through a mixture of classroom-based learning and an industry placement one day a week, this course will help you gain the skills, knowledge, and experience needed to work in this rewarding sector while setting you up for a career working with babies and young children from birth to seven years of age.
Why should I choose the course?
This highly work experience-based course will provide you with the vast range of experience needed for a career in childcare and instil inspiration for your future career. This course will give you opportunities to develop academically as well as strengthening the wider skills needed for career progression. Whether you would like to become an early years teacher in a primary school, work in a nursery setting, or become a youth worker, there are plenty of opportunities available to you. With the average qualified early years teacher starting their role on a salary of £22,244, you could be working your way up the career ladder whilst earning a good wage and doing something you love.
What will I learn?
In this hands-on work-focused course you will gain plenty of experience directly working with young people. You will study fascinating topics such as the roles and responsibilities of the early years practitioner, safeguarding, health and safety, promoting play in early years settings, professional partnerships, international perspectives in education, and supporting literacy and numeracy. These topics will be learnt in the classroom and on the job as part of your industry placement, where you will put into place the knowledge and skills that you have acquired in college.
What will the course lead on to?
After successfully completing this course, you will have the skills and knowledge needed to secure an apprenticeship to earn while you learn or move on to a level 3 course, which could lead to university. Alternatively, after completing your level 3 course, you could secure employment in a role such as a nursery practitioner, classroom assistant, or pre-school practitioner.
Are there any links with industry and university?
Our dedicated childcare department has a wide range of links with private day nurseries, primary schools, and childminders in the local area and further afield. This will broaden your career prospects and help you to secure work placements in your preferred career. Guest speakers will also come into college to talk to you about the different roles within the industry, enhancing your career awareness.
As part of this practical course, you will complete 250 hours of work placement experience in childcare settings, meaning you will be working in the childcare environment for two days of your learning week. You will get to work with children of different age ranges from birth –seven, in order to maximise your experience. Work placements will give you the opportunity to impress future employers, secure a part-time job, or get inspiration for your next career step.
You will be allocated a progress coach who will provide you with support to help you succeed on your study programme and progress on to your chosen career or progression path. We have a team of staff dedicated to providing learning support if required, as well as a Welfare Team that is on hand to offer guidance, support and help when needed. Additionally, eligible students can access a wide range of finance and funding support to help them during their time at college.
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What support is available?
You will be allocated a progress coach who will provide you with support to help you succeed on your study programme and progress on to your chosen career or progression path. We have a team of staff dedicated to providing learning support if required, as well as a Welfare Team that is on hand to offer guidance, support and help when needed.
Additionally, eligible students can access a wide range of finance and funding support to help them during their time at college.
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Why should I choose to study the course at Warrington & Vale Royal College?
The childcare courses at Warrington & Vale Royal College are delivered by an outstanding department, with all tutors being graded as outstanding in lesson observations. Our tutors come from a variety of relevant industry backgrounds within the subjects they teach and enjoy sharing their extensive experience with their students. This course has a key focus on enrichment, careers, and work placement, helping you to take your first step on your journey towards your chosen career.
On this stimulating course, you will also take part in a number of trips and visits, exploring a variety of exhibitions at places such as the Slavery Museum, Eureka Science Museum and the Thackray Medical Museum to enhance your knowledge of this sector. Previous students have enjoyed trips to Prague, Disneyland Paris, and Poland, with a visit to London planned for the next academic year. You may even get the chance to take a bite of the big apple on an enrichment trip to New York!
What are the entry requirements?
Minimum of 4 GCSEs at grade 3 or above, including maths and/or English, or successful completion of a Level 1 qualification. Students will be expected to continue to study towards a GCSE Grade 4 English & maths if not already achieved.
Are there any additional costs associated with the course?
As you will be going on a mandatory work placement, the biggest expense on the course will be your DBS check which is approximately £38. You may be required to purchase a polo shirt with the college logo on, to wear whilst you are out on work placement. Other costs could include purchasing relevant textbooks and materials to the course, along with paying to go on educational trips and visits.
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