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Childcare 

New Directions College offers regulated Childcare courses from Level 1 to Level 3. Fully accredited with City and Guilds, our Childcare offer is delivered from multiple venues across Reading.

Our learning offer is both work based and classroom based and aims to develop the knowledge and skills needed to learn about and/or work in supporting children’s’ care, play, learning and development in early education.

City and Guilds work closely with industry experts and regulators including the Department for Education, employers and other key stakeholders. As a result their qualifications are highly valued by employers throughout England.

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Level 1 Award in Caring for Children (online and college based) 

This course will provide an introduction to caring for children and help develop the skills and knowledge learners need to care for children.
Learners will cover topics such as communicating with children, engaging children through activities, supporting learning and planning for the care of children’s physical and emotional needs.

The Level 1 Award in Caring for Children is suitable for anyone wanting to gain knowledge and skills in caring for children. Once you’ve completed the course you could advance to the Level 2 Diploma for the Early Years Practitioner or Intermediate Apprenticeship.

Starting online: Thursday 16th September 2021

Starting at Whitley Children’s Centre: Thursday 13th January 2022 and Wednesday 27th April 2022

Course fee: This course may be free of charge depending on your personal circumstances. Please contact us.

Please note, a creche maybe available at Whitley Children’s Centre for learners with children. You can apply for help with Childcare costs via our Additional Learning Support programme in our Learner Area.

Level 2 Diploma for the Early Years Practitioner

The City & Guilds Level 2 Diploma for the Early Years Practitioner (England) meets the Department for Education’s Level 2 full and relevant criteria for a Level 2 Early Years Practitioner for those working in the early years workforce in England. It provides candidates with the knowledge and understanding of working with babies and young children from birth to 7 years and supports the development of the practical and technical skills needed to work with children up to the age of 5 years.  

The Level 2 Diploma for the Early Years Practitioner (England) is aimed at learners aged 16 – 18; 19+.

Learners must work in a paid or unpaid capacity in an early years setting and work with children between 0 – 5 years. This qualification can be studied independently or as part of the Early Years Practitioner Apprenticeship Standard.

What is involved in studying this course?

Sessions will be held at New Directions South and will be a mix of online and classroom based delivery. You will also be observed and assessed in your work place.

Learners undertaking the Level 2 Diploma for the Early Years Practitioner (England) will cover the following mandatory topics:

  • Exploring roles and development opportunities in early years settings
  • Child development from birth to 7 years
  • Safeguarding babies and young children in early years settings
  • Supporting health and safety in early years settings
  • Promoting wellbeing in early years settings
  • Supporting effective communication in early years settings
  • Supporting activities, purposeful play and educational programmes
  • Understand how to support children with special educational needs and/or disabilities
  • Working with parents, colleagues and other professionals in early years settings

What careers can this lead to?

Learners can progress to the City & Guilds Level 3 Diploma for Early Years Practitioners (Early Years Educator) (work-based) (3605-03) providing they are in an appropriate job role and work setting:

Opportunities may also be available to progress to an apprenticeship standard such as Early Years Educator.

Starting at Ranikhet Children’s Centre: Tuesday 14th September 2021

Starting at New Directions South: Friday 21st January 2022 and Thursday 28th April 2022

Course fee: This course could be free of charge depending on your personal circumstances. Please contact us.

Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Educator

Early Years Educators are highly trained professionals who play a key role in ensuring that young children learn and develop well and are kept healthy and safe. They work in a range of settings including full day care, children’s centres, pre-schools, reception classes and as childminders. They may either be working on their own or supervising others to deliver the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) requirements set by Government for the learning, development and care of children from birth to 5 years old.

The City & Guilds qualification for the Early Years Practitioner (Early Years Educator) (Work-based) is mapped to the criteria for Early Years Educator qualifications, published by the National College for Teaching and Leadership.  On completion learners will be able to work as Early Years Educators in England.

The requirement for Level 3 Early Years Educators to hold an approved English and mathematics qualification has been broadened to include other suitable level 2 qualifications, including Functional Skills. If you require English and mathematics qualifications, we will be able to provide Functional Skills or GCSEs free of charge.

The Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Practitioner (Early Years Educator) (Work Based) is ideal for learners who are age18+ or apprentices, as it is part of the current Early Years Educator apprenticeship (9062).

Learners interested in the Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Practitioner (Early Years Educator) (Work Based) will be required to demonstrate an in-depth understanding of early years education and care, including that they can support and promote children’s early education and development, plan and provide effective care, teaching and learning that enables children to progress and prepares them for school, make accurate and productive use of assessment, develop effective and informed practice, safeguard and promote the health, safety and welfare of children, work in partnership with the key person, colleagues, parents and/or carers or other professionals.

Compulsory topics include:

  • child development
  • professional development
  • safeguarding children
  • diversity, equality and inclusion
  • positive behaviour and transitions
  • working in partnership
  • promoting children’s speech, language and communication
  • theories underpinning practice
  • supporting children’s activities.

What careers can this lead to?

The Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Educator (Work Based) is the recognised qualification for candidates wanting to work as Early Years Educators in England.

The content in the mandatory units fully meets the qualification criteria for qualifications for Early Years Educators set by the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL). The NCTL is responsible for defining the full and relevant qualifications that staff included in the specified ratios must hold.

Sessions will be held at New Directions South and will be a mix of online and classroom based delivery. You will also be observed and assessed in your work place.

Starting: Monday 13th September 2021 and Wednesday 26th January 2022

Course fee: This course could be free of charge depending on your personal circumstances. Please contact us to see if you are eligible. Course fee if required to pay in full: £2598 which could be paid through an Advanced Learning Loan.

Charges for checks with the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)

If a fully funded learner needs a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check to participate in learning, we will not charge them for this. If the learning is associated with the learner’s employment, their employer is responsible for carrying out and paying for this check.

Learners on courses that are not fully funded, including courses that are only co-funded, will have to pay a fee. This fee will include the levied charge for the check from the DBS service and a standard administration fee of £5 per check. Please contact us to discuss this further.

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