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Mavis Odame-Darkwa - Childcare

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"I enrolled on the Childcare Level 1 course in September 2016 and managed to complete the Certificate in Childcare Level 2 in July 2017 after an intensive six months’ course and I managed all this whilst also juggling my family commitments with four children and doing some night shifts in a residential care home.

I am very happy because I achieved all this despite having difficulties with writing and processing information."


This qualification prepares learners to become Early Years Educators enabling you to work with and care for children from birth to 5 years and gain knowledge of children aged 5 to 7 years.

Units relate to promoting children's care and education and include:

  • Child development from conception to seven years

  • Children's health and well-being

  • Providing safe environments for children

  • Play and learning

  • Understanding children's additional needs

  • Observation, assessment and planning

  • Supporting emergent literacy and maths

  • Preparing for school readiness

  • International perspectives

  • Professional partnerships.

  • Reflective practice for professional development

You will need to complete placements with a wide range of age groups

  • 25 hours for children between 0 -1 year 11months

  • 133 hours for children aged 2 - 2 years 11 months

  • 192 hours for children aged 3 - 5 years of age


You may have to pay for a DBS check. You will benefit from 1 or 2 text books roughly £20-£30 each.


You will be assessed in the work place by your assessor and complete written assignments. You will also carry out a longitudinal study.

Entry Requirements

You will need to attend an advice and guidance session for literacy and numeracy. You will need to have a level 2 qualification or experience in the work place.

To be included in setting ratios at level 3 you will need to have A-C for English and Maths or Functional Skills level 2 .

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