Children’s Play, Learning and Development (Early Years Educator) is a vocational course which prepares students for working in an early years setting. It is studied at Level 3 which is the equivalent of A Levels. You can choose to follow it as a full time course (equivalent to 2 or 3 A Levels) or as one A Level equivalent alongside A Levels in other subjects. Time is spent in placements working with children of different ages alongside time spent studying in College.
We follow the Edexcel specification which involves the study of:
In addition to this you will study optional units which are likely to be:
You must have a definite interest in working with children up to the age of eight. You can progress from this course to direct employment, further training, apprenticeships or Higher Education. Settings could be within nurseries, schools, health or social care sectors.
Two external exams on Child Development and Teaching Literacy and Numeracy in Early Years. The Level 3 qualification is awarded at Pass, Merit or Distinction. Pass is equivalent to an A Level pass at Grade E. Merit is equivalent to an A Level pass at Grade C. Distinction is equivalent to an A Level pass at Grade A.
44444 as a minimum entry requirement. To become an Early Years Educator the government require you to have at least a Level 4 in GCSE English Language and Mathematics in addition to your Level 3 Qualification.