NSCG | Level 2 First Award in Childrens Play, Learning & Development
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Course overview

If you are planning to work with children in a variety of different early years sectors, for example day care, nursery, out of school care and schools this is the course for you. This qualification will enable you to work, supervised, with children and their families in a variety of settings. You will study all aspects of caring for children and reflect on your personal development. You will be given the opportunity to work with children in a range of placements in a schools or nursery. You will continue to improve your maths and/or English skills in structured lessons alongside your course, and if you plan to progress to a Level 3 course you will need to demonstrate a satisfactory level of improvement in maths and/or English by the end of the year.

This Level 2 qualification provides you with ‘assistant practitioner status’ once a pass grade has been achieved. This allows you to undertake supervised work within an early year’s environment (0-8 years). This qualification is designed to provide a specialist work-related qualification in a range of sectors. It will give you the underpinning knowledge, understanding and skills necessary to prepare you for employment.

What else do I need to know?

As you will be working with children you will need to have a clearance form which is called a DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) in order to ensure the safety of the vulnerable children and young adults that you will come into contact with. Please discuss this with your interviewing tutor.

What are the entry requirements?

You will have four GCSEs at grade 3 or above (including English Language or maths) or a Level 1 Foundation Diploma. You will have a positive school or college reference with good levels of attendance and punctuality. Experience of working with children e.g. babysitting or nursery experience would be very useful.

How is it assessed?

A variety of methods are used to assess your progress including 2 examinations, individual and group presentations, case studies, assignments, projects, work based assignments, developing learning resources, and display work. Edexcel, the awarding body, will award you a Pass, Merit or Distinction grade for each module according to how well you cover the learning outcomes specified. You are required to complete a minimum of 180 hours’ work placement experience. Practical training placements may include day nurseries, children's centres, reception class, infant class, nursery class, special school, and child-minders. You must receive a satisfactory end of placement report; have good attendance at 90% or above to progress to the Level 3 Children’s Play Learning and Development course as well as gaining an overall Merit grade or above.

What financial support is on offer?

This course is free for anyone aged 16 – 18. If you are outside this age group please contact 01782 254188.
College Maintenance Allowance (CMA): Anyone with a household income under £23,000 can receive up to £20 per week financial support to help pay for travel and meals and meet the costs of essential trips, books, stationery and equipment. The payments will be subject to full attendance on your course. A range of other financial support is available, depending on your personal circumstances. For more details visit www.nscg.ac.uk/finance

What can I do next?

If you are successful on this course, achieving a Merit Grade or above you may be able to continue studying towards Level 3 in Children's Play Learning and Development on a full time Diploma (subject to the entry criteria).

How do I find out more?

If you wish to find out more you can contact Karen Brocklehurst, Course Leader, by emailing: karen.brocklehurst@staffordcoll.ac.uk

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