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Education and Childcare

Core content

All students will develop an understanding of: 

  • understanding the education and childcare sector from ages 0 to 19
  • child development
  • how to support children and young people’s education
  • safeguarding, health and safety and wellbeing
  • understanding and managing behaviour
  • observing and assessing children and young people
  • equality and diversity
  • special educational needs and disability
  • English as an additional language
  • working with parents, carers and wider families
  • working with agencies and services that support children, families and carers
  • reflective practice and other forms of professional development

Options to specialise

In addition to the core content, each student must choose one of the following specialisms:

  • early years education and childcare
  • assisting teaching
  • supporting and mentoring students in educational settings

Detailed course specification and outline

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Additional considerations for this course

DBS basic or enhanced checks and disqualified disclosure
Where required, students should complete this check before they start their industry placement.

Safeguarding training
Colleges and schools should ensure that students do any relevant safeguarding training before they start their industry placement.

Food and hygiene (for the Early Years Educator occupational specialism only)
Dependent on the nature of the industry placement, it may help students to do some relevant food and hygiene training before they start.

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