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.
Taking a Level 3 course in Health and Social Care has left Derby College Student of the Year Lauren Hudson well prepared for a degree in nursing.
High-achieving Lauren, who has just left college with a distinction star, was thinking of studying for A-levels at sixth form but opted instead for the more hands-on course at the Roundhouse. As part of her course the Matlock teenager also gained valuable practical experience with Derby Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust through the college's Employer Academy initiative.
One of her placements included working as a health care assistant at the Specialist Assessment & Rehabilitation Centre (SpARC) on London Road, where Lauren helped to assess older people who have had a fall. Lauren really enjoyed her time at Derby College.
She said she found the lecturers to be supportive, but at the same they gave students the freedom to learn independently. She added: "I'm looking forward to going university and I'd definitely recommend the Level 3 in Health and Social Care to anyone thinking of taking a nursing degree."
I'm pleased I took the Health and Social Care course as I think it is more suited to what I'm going to be doing on my nursing degree course at the University of Birmingham. Thanks to Derby College I feel well prepared for starting my degree this September.
For example, my college course included units which are directly related to nursing, such as public health and how to go about finding statistics.
These units are covered in my degree, obviously in much more depth than at college, but the knowledge I already have of them from my level 3 course will be useful.