Interested in a career change? Considering a career working with children but unsure if it's really for you? Wondering what a career in Early Years care and education can offer? Then this short introductory course is for you!
You will learn about the different types of roles in the 'Early Years' sector, including the qualification requirements, pay scales and progression routes. You will also gain initial insights into some of the key knowledge and skill areas, including a basic introduction to effective strategies for supporting children's learning, and for supporting and managing children's behaviour.
There are no formal entry requirements.
- Early Years careers and job types
- Early Years pay averages and potential career progression opportunities
- The skills and attributes of an Early Years practitioner
- Basic approaches to supporting and managing children's behaviour
- Basic approaches to promoting and supporting children's learning
There is no formal assessment: this two-day course is a fun and informal introduction to the Early Years sector.
There is no cost to this course, and no specialist equipment is required.
On completion of this short course, you may wish to apply for a part-time course in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools, or to become an Early Years practitioner in a nursery or other setting. You should consider gaining an accredited qualification that will support your entry into the Early Years workforce.
Health care assistant Michael Smith has recently completed his apprenticeship and is already “a really valuable” team member on ward 206 at the Royal Derby Hospital.
Michael, 21, took levels two and three in Health and Social Care at the Roundhouse, where he also gained valuable work experience through the innovative Employer Academy run in partnership with the University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust.
This voluntary work helped him secure clinical apprenticeship role with the Trust.
Michael trained on orthopaedic Ward 206 and was supported academically throughout his apprenticeship by DCG.
He is now a qualified Health Care Assistant on the ward – following in the footsteps of his mum and brother.
Michael said: “I’m happy as an HCA, but in future I may look at becoming a nurse practitioner or physiotherapist.”
Senior Ward Sister Lynsey Heald described Michael as “a really valuable member of the team” and said his college study programme and work experience through the Employer Academy helped prepare him for the ward.
She added: “He’s really hard working and he’s got a lovely way with the patients, and he gets on really well with the team.
“Doing the health and social care courses really helped because he knew what to expect. They become a bit more confident, as well. We’ve got a recent new apprentice and Michael’s really taken her under his wing.”
I like caring for people, I’m enjoying the job and I really like the team. I’d recommend it.