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Course - CACHE Award/Certificate/Diploma in Childcare & Education Level 3

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  • Entry requirements
    Entry requirements The course demands a high level of personal maturity, a range of interpersonal skills and a strong commitment to working with young children. A good general education must also be demonstrated. For younger applicants this means a minimum of 4 GCSE passes Grade C or above, these should include Maths and English or First Diploma in Health and Social Care, merit or distinction or CACHE Level 2 (merit). Two references will be required from school, college or previous employers. All applicants are expected to attend an interview. Places are offered based on the outcome of comprehension exercise and personal interview. A CRB check is mandatory for all students attending this course.
  • Academic Title
    CACHE Award/Certificate/Diploma in Childcare & Education Level 3
  • Course description
    General information

    This is the Level 3 Childcare qualification for those seeking employment as a Qualified Practitioner who can work as part of multidisciplinary team with other professionals and also in partnership with parents, carers and families. They are required to work competently, safely and effectively with children up to 16 years old in an unsupervised capacity.

    The Award/Certificate/Diploma in Childcare & Education is a nationally recognised qualification and attracts UCAS points for those who wish to progress to University. Practitioners find work in a wide range of settings including nursery, infant, primary schools and classes, day nurseries, family centres, hospitals and private homes. The course can provide a sound basis for progression to other qualifications including nursing, teaching and social work. Opportunities also exist for those with the DCE to find employment in private nursery management or ownership. The Diploma in Childcare & Education provides candidates with underpinning knowledge for NVQs in Childcare and Education at Level 3 and as from September 2002 will attract substantial UCAS points.

    Course content

    The curriculum consists of the following units:

        * An introduction to working with children
        * Development 0 -16
        * Supporting children
        * Keeping children safe
        * The principles underpinning the role of the practitioner working with children
        * Promoting a healthy environment
        * Play learning in children's education
        * Caring for children
        * Development of professional skills with children's education
        * Nutrition and Healthy foods
        * Working with special needs
        * Developing mathematical skills
        * Developing language and communication skills
        * Working with babies 0-12 months
        * Practical placements - a range of practical work placements is an integral and compulsory part of the course and provides opportunities for candidates to experience and develop skills in working with young children.  You will work in a variety of placements such as Day nurseries, schools and families.
     
    Teaching and assessment

    Means of Assessment:  the course is assessed through National assignments, 1 final exam (short answer paper).   Practice Evidence Records are used to assess practical competence. Candidates also have to demonstrate satisfactory personal and professional development within the Professional Development Profiles.  Key Skills at an appropriate level.

    Students should not underestimate the theoretical aspects of this two year programme. They will be expected to undertake activites and observations in the placement directly connected to the college lectures. Other methods of learning include group projects, displays, research and presentation and completion of set homework.

    Progression

    Students may progress to university to undertake teaching or similar qualifications.  If they achieve the required UCAS points.

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