A range of units will be studied, such as
Communication, Play and Learning, Reflective Practice and Keeping Children Safe. Each week you will spend three days in college studying the underpinning theory and preparing for assessments, and two days placement in an early years setting, where you‘ll apply the theory to practice.
• Communication and language, such as verbal, non-verbal
and special techniques; British Sign Language and Makaton
• Different approaches to play and learning, such as
sensory, creative and imaginative
• A range of theories and teaching methods related to
child development, such as attachment
• Reflective Practice – underpinning knowledge to
• Safeguarding and welfare of children
By the end of the course you will have an Early Years
Educator status that is recognised by employers and universities which provides you with a licence to practice.
General entry criteria apply. You are also required
to commit to work placements. A satisfactory Enhanced DBS Disclosure is required, which the college will fund.
Studying on this course can prepare you for going onto University, employment or further training; with example roles such as Working with Additional Needs, Early Years Educator in Day Nurseries, Teacher in a Montessori School or Teaching Assistant in Primary. University Courses include Early Childhood Studies, Primary Education, Counselling and Psychology as well as Higher Apprenticeships such as Teaching Assistant, progressing onto Teaching in Schools.