About The Course
This qualification prepares learners to become Early Years Educators, enabling them to work with children from birth to 5 years and gain knowledge of children aged 5-7 years. Learners will learn the core skills required to recognise children’s patterns of development and apply theoretical knowledge and understanding. Learners will also plan activities and strategies to promote and support children’s play, learning and development.
Work placement throughout the year, totalling 365 hours (Year 1) and 385 hours (Year 2), with classroom-based learning which links Early Years theory with practice. Additional speakers, practical sessions and various trips are also included.
BCA has much to offer including:
- A team of qualified and supportive staff
- An on-site nursery catering for children aged 3 months to 5 years
- Trips to a Forest School
- Opportunities to visit specialist schools
- Opportunities to obtain First Aid qualifications
Five GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including English and maths.
Careers are possible in Education, Health and Social Care.
After this course, learners will be able to practise in an early years setting which could include working in a supervisory capacity. The course also offers UCAS points which can enable progression into Higher Education.
Some example units include:
- Unit 1: Child development
- Unit 2: Children’s health and well-being
- Unit 3: Providing safe environments for children
- Unit 4: Child health
- Unit 5: Play and learning
- Unit 6: Understanding children’s additional needs
- Unit 7: Observation, assessment and planning
- Unit 9: Supporting emergent literacy
- Unit 10: Supporting emergent mathematics
- Unit 11: Preparing for school readiness
- Unit 12: International perspectives
- Unit 13: Reflective practice for professional development
- Unit 14: Professional partnerships in early years
- Unit 16: Professional practice portfolio
A DBS will be required as you will be working with children and vulnerable adults, this is arranged by BCA at a cost of £48 payable on enrolment.
- Early Years Polo shirts are required for Industry Placement and can be purchased from goyalsbca.co.uk
All students are required to supply their own Stationery and in order to make the induction of your course as smooth as possible, it is essential that you are prepared before you start. The items you will need for your first day are:
- A full pencil case
- A notebook
- An A4 lever arch file, dividers and plastic poly pockets
- Highlighter pens
- Colouring pens
- Laptop or tablet (only if available to you)
Course study books, which are available from Amazon:
- NCFE CACHE Level 3 Technical Certificate in Childcare and Education
- NCFE CACHE Level 3 Technical Diploma in Childcare and Education (Early Years Educator)
First Aid training is crucial for a career in Early Years and therefore a compulsory part of your study programme is to undertake First Aid training here at college. A £50 fee will be made during your enrolment process to cover this.
Continual assessment through assignment based work (graded from D-A*). Competency in work placement and required hours being achieved. Completion of a professional practice portfolio. 20 Hours of controlled assessment each year. Good attendance and work ethic.
Varied placement experience with children aged 0-7 years, in Education, Health and Social Care settings (selected by the student).
Industry Placement is a fantastic opportunity for you to get hands-on experience and is also a compulsory and invaluable part of your course. Depending on your course and level you will be required to attend a weekly day placement and/or block placements of one week or more. This will be discussed with you once you commence your study programme.
We have a fantastic Industry Placement Team who will support you along your placement journey.