This is a two year course that will give you a huge range of experience in child care and education. It will extend both your knowledge and practical skills and in addition, will build your communication, teamwork and study skills. It provides you with knowledge of children from birth to 7 years and practical experience from birth to five years. The qualification enables you to work across a variety of childcare settings. In year 1 you will attend a nursery setting and then a school setting. In year 2 you will have nursery placement that has a baby room; you have a choice for your second placement which could be school or nursery. You will carry out at least 750 hours of placement at 4 different settings. You will be at college for 2 1/2 days and placement for 2 days a week for the whole course. To achieve the Diploma it is a 2 year course; to progress to second year you must be successful in the first year. Ofsted say "The standard of learners’ work is excellent, preparing learners extremely well for employment or to progress to higher education."
Level 3 Award (Yr 1) may progress to the Level 3 Diploma (Yr 2) subject to recommendation. Access to Higher Education programmes e.g. teaching, early childhood studies, social work degrees. Employment: nurseries, primary schools, teaching assistant, family homes and holiday rep.