This qualification covers a range of key subject areas that provide learners with the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to care for and educate children aged between 0 and 11 years 11 months.
It has been designed to support learners to progress to Level 3 qualifications across a number of sectors, including the early years educator sector, the supporting teaching and learning sector, and the children and young people sector.
You need five GCSEs at grade 3 (D) or above, including a grade 3 (D) in Maths and English.
You will also need to provide evidence of good attendance, punctuality, self-motivation and a positive attitude to study.
You must be willing to provide evidence for an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check which will have to be self-funded. You also need to provide two professional references.
This qualification is made up of six mandatory units. Learners must complete all six units in order to achieve the qualification.
To gain this qualification, learners must achieve a minimum of a Pass grade in each of the six mandatory units. These units will be internally assessed and graded Pass, Merit or Distinction. In addition, learners will need to complete:
• A Professional Skills Record. This will be completed over a minimum of 120 hours of placement in a real work environment and will be assessed by the supervisor and Centre assessor in an early years and primary school setting.
• A synoptic short answer examination, which will be undertaken at the end of the qualification. This will be externally set and assessed, and will be graded Pass, Merit or Distinction.
You will need to wear flat shoes and smart trousers to your placement, along with a work placement top that you can buy from the College.
You also need pens, paper and ring folders, and to pay for your DBS check.
From time to time there may also be educational visits which require you to make a payment.
This qualification allows progression to Level 3 Early Years Educator qualifications and other Level 3 qualifications relating to Childcare, Health and Social Care or Supporting Teaching and Learning.
The qualification is designed to assist your entry to the workforce at Level 2 and may support progression into a range of job roles in the statutory, voluntary or private sectors. Learners can progress in the workplace in a variety of job roles, such as:
• nursery assistant
• classroom assistant
• pre-school assistant
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.