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Children's Play, Learning and Development: Early Years Assistant, BTEC Diploma
What will I do on this course?
This Level 2 early years course provides the knowledge and experience you’ll need to gain employment under supervision in an early years setting or progress to a Level 3 course.
As part of the course, you’ll spend two days a week in a work placement in an early years setting, which we will organise for you. You’ll learn about children’s play; promoting and supporting development; working with parents, carers and fellow professionals; and meeting the needs of individual children.
You’ll also explore ways to promote early literacy and numeracy and this includes developing your own English and maths skills.
How will I be assessed?
You’ll be assessed through a portfolio of evidence, work placement observations and two exams.
What could I do after this course?
You’ll have the skills to work under supervision in a range of early years settings, including pre-schools, nurseries and after-school clubs, and as a child minder or nanny. You could also increase your skills with the Level 3 Early Years course or an early years apprenticeship at Weston College.
You’ll need four GCSEs from grade 2/E to 4/C, or a relevant Level 1 qualification, including English or Maths at grade 4/C or above. On enrolment you will be required to undertake a DBS check, which the College will pay for.
What Our Students Say
Jasmine Cardwell, Early Years
“The course has provided me with the opportunity to work in a variety of settings and meet lots of new people”
Former school: Worle
Course: Early Years
What next? Bethan achieved A*, A, B and will progress onto the UAL Foundation Art and Design degree at University Centre Weston.