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.
Teenager Lewis Morrell is aiming to become the third generation of his family to go into nursing. But disappointing school GCSE exam results meant he had to have a rethink and plot a new route on the road to his career. Looking for suitable courses, Lewis attended a College open event and was impressed with both what was on offer and the friendliness of the staff.
Eighteen-year-old Lewis described Derby College as "a lifeline" which has helped to give him confidence and a mind-set that he can achieve his goals. A hospital work placement, run through the college's Employer Academy programme, has directly helped him land a health care assistant apprenticeship at the Royal Derby Hospital. And Lewis has also completed Health and Social Care and English Functional Skills at Level 2, with a double pass and a merit. He is waiting for his GCSE English and CGSE Science results.
Lewis's dad is a children's nurse and his grandad worked in nursing and midwifery. He now manages a doctors' practice in Australia. Knowing Lewis's skillset and temperament, they said that getting into health care would be "the best thing he ever did". He was inspired by them
I was a bit down about my English and Science results from school, because I needed those for nursing. Once I've got them I'll be able to get on further, so college was a lifeline.
It supported me through the first year and they pushed me. It's given me confidence. Rather than thinking 'maybe I can't do this', it helped me think 'yes, I can actually do this.'
It was very supportive through all of my time and I'm proud to have been accepted for the apprenticeship.
I'd say to anybody who didn't quite get the exams they want: go to
College, go to every lesson, stick with it and eventually it'll all click.
It's a four year apprenticeship. I want to go on to university and get my nursing degree and then get into children's nursing eventually.