Early Years workers prepare the children of today for the world of tomorrow. Fuelled by curiosity and wonder, two great traits, children are fast learners. Which is why they need careful guidance to ensure their interactions and experiences are positive, insightful and bring out the best in them and their future. Learning can be fun, inspiring, and fulfilling. An Early Years Practitioner can help make that happen. Do you have what it takes?
Early Years Practitioners (EYP) support the crucial social and physical development in early childhood, 0-5 years. So, we will first start your learning by covering the responsibilities of an Early Years Practitioner, key procedures, professional development, and reflective practice. Once you understand the basics of the position, you’ll explore the importance of health and safety, equality, and the welfare of children. You’ll study various care routines and learn the benefits of play. The aim is to plan and deliver purposeful activities to aid childhood development.
Early Years Practitioners support the social and physical development in early childhood
In the second half of the course, you’ll learn about wellbeing, dieting requirements and physical activity. Some children require additional support, such as those with disabilities, so you’ll determine the best way to care for them. You consider strategies, biological factors, as well as short and long-term needs. A positive environment is vital to maximising a child’s development. So, you’ll look at promoting positive behaviour in Early Years settings and partnerships, such as working with parents. Finally, you’ll learn how to prepare children for school.
To achieve this qualification, you must be working, volunteering or on practical placement as you will need to show competence in both knowledge and skills. You’ll need to complete over 250 hours of placement whilst undertaking this qualification. Your placement must allow for skills application with babies and young children to meet the assessment criteria for this qualification. You must be 16 or over to enrol.
You may be examining the difference between the two diplomas, as neither require prior skills to enrol. Put simply, if you hold an English and Maths Level 2, such as GCSE or Functional Skills, we recommend studying for the Level 3 Early Years Diploma. If you don’t, we recommend the Level 2 Early Years Diploma.
Why? Well, to attain full Early Years Educator status, you will require your Level 2 in English and Maths. Without them, you will not gain all the privileges associated with Level 3 status until you achieve them. That’s why we suggest our Level 2 Early Years Diploma if you haven’t acquired your Maths and English. This is because you’ll gain Practitioner status and a strong qualification that’ll improve your ability to gain employment.
If you intend to progress onto our Early Years Educator, we do advice bundling your course with our Functional Skills English/Maths. If only to gain the relevant knowledge needed to advance your career.
Once your course has been completed, you’ll be a qualified Early Years Practitioner with NCFE CACHE certification. What this means is you can start working, under supervision, with children up to the age five. You’ll also have extended knowledge of working with children up to the age of seven. The qualification allows you to count towards the Level 2 ratio as a qualified Level 2 Early Years Practitioner across the Early Years Workforce.
You may work under supervision in a variety of roles such as:
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