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Level: 3

Location: The RoundHouse

Years: 2

Weeks: 52

Hours: 4.30

Start: Roll On Roll Off - Contact Us

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Tuition (£): 2882.00*
Full Concession: (0 Tuition/Exam Fee) available dependant on eligibility – A Full Concession is not applicable to a full-cost course

Adult Loan Amount: 2882.00****

Interview: Y

Course Summary

This qualification reflects the highest standards for those wanting to work with children from birth to five years of age. It provides a licence to practise and the status of being an Early Years Educator.

Entry requirements

You should be working/volunteering in a childcare setting across the age ranges:
 
• Birth – 1 year 11 months
• 2 years – 2 years 11 months
• 3 – 5 years
 
You should have a minimum of 20 hours working with babies and you are required to be observed working across all age ranges. 
 
You must have a satisfactory DBS check and should have both English and Maths GCSE at grade C or above.

Course Content

You will study mandatory units:
 
• Support healthy lifestyles
• Support physical care and emotional wellbeing
• Understand, use and follow legislation
• Plan, lead and review play opportunities
• Develop emergent literacy and numeracy skills
• Promote speech, language and communication
• Promote physical, personal, social and emotional development
• Support children with additional needs
• Use observation and longitudinal studies to observe, assess and plan for
children’s needs.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed through a range of written tasks and observed practice. You will be allocated an assessor who will visit you in the workplace to action plan your progress, observe you in practice and assess your portfolio. You will also attend College weekly for vocational programme delivery.  

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

The cost for the course is £1,500 invoiced or £2,880 with a student loan. 

What can I do after this course?

Upon completion of the programme, you will be qualified to work as an Early Years Educator in a range of childcare settings. You can also progress to a Foundation Degree in Children and Young People's Services, taking the Early Years pathway which is delivered at Derby College, or you can progress to the Foundation Degree in SEND.

 

 

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* Tuition - This figure is the tuition fee to be paid - There are no concessionary fees available.
**** Advanced Learner Loan: if you are aged 19 or over and want to study at Level 3, 4, 5 or 6, you could apply for an Advanced Learner Loan to help with the costs of your study. This is the fee that would need to be financed by a successful application for a loan. Alternatively, you or your employer could pay the fees directly.

This course is run at the Roundhouse Campus

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Melissa Smedley

Melissa Smedley

Higher education student Melissa would like a career in play therapy

Derby College Early Years higher education student Melissa Smedley would like to train as a play therapist once she’s graduated.
 
Melissa, who is completing her foundation degree in Children and Young People's Services, has been studying at the college since she was 16.
 
A natural with young children, she cared for her little brother who has special needs from the age of 13 and has always wanted to go into childcare.
 
And, getting an A grade in Child Development while still in year 10 at school, convinced Melissa she was making the right choice.
 
She said: “I’m the sort of person who needs to know what I’m aiming for. I couldn’t do years of study just for the sake of it.
 
“I was quite a nervous, anxious person but going to college has done so much for my confidence. My lecturer Mandy at Ilkeston was the one who started me off by encouraging me, and the lecturers I have now have also given me some support. I was feeling a bit nervous about moving from Ilkeston to a different campus when I started my foundation degree but my lecturer Amber met me at The Roundhouse and helped me find my way around.”
 
Melissa – who has been accepted on to the top up degree course at Derby University – currently balances studying with working at Busy Bees nursery in Wollaton. She’s been there for three years and was recently promoted to senior room manager, looking after babies aged from three months to one year.
 
Reflecting on the HE course content, she added: “What we learn is all relatable and, when you’re interested in what you’re learning, it keeps you occupied and motivated. My big interest is in forest school and outdoor play. I can’t believe I’ve been with Derby College since I was 16! I’ve come so far with college. I’m the first person in my family to get this far – to  degree level – in my education.”

I was quite a nervous, anxious person but going to college has done so much for my confidence. My lecturer Mandy at Ilkeston was the one who started me off by encouraging me, and the lecturers I have now have also given me some support. I was feeling a bit nervous about moving from Ilkeston to a different campus when I started my foundation degree but my lecturer Amber met me at The Roundhouse and helped me find my way around.

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