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Early Years Diploma

Extended Diploma in Children’s Play Learning and Development (Early Years Educator) is intended as a Tech Level, equivalent in size to 3 A levels and provides access to Education and Teaching degrees locally at Bishop Grosseteste and Lincoln Universities.

 

Alternatively it will also confer Early Years Educator status on students, qualifying them to work directly in the sector as an Early Years Educator (for example, nursery worker, childminder or nanny).

 

The College works in partnership with a wide range of local Primary Schools and Nurseries in the area and students should expect to spend blocks of time and/or a number of days per week out of College and in the workplace.    The College also has its own dedicated Early years Classrooom and Forest School Base to enable students to explore different teaching methods with small groups of children who are invited to visit us.

 

Work Placement Opportunities

 

All students taking this qualification will be required to engage with sector employers as part of their course. This includes 750 hours in mandatory work experience in a minimum of two different settings from birth to seven years 11 months over the duration of the two year course.

 

They will have to produce a Practical Evidence Portfolio to record evidence of engagement in continuing professional development and reflective practice in different early years setting.Students taking this qualification will study eleven mandatory units, which cover the following topics

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  • Children’s development

  • Supporting children’s early learning

  • Play

  • Keeping children safe

  • Working with parents

  • Reflective practice

  • Observation, assessment and planning

  • The early years foundation stage

  • Research

 

Option units have been designed to support progression to the range of sector-related courses at University. They cover content areas such as:

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  • Promoting children’s development outdoors

  • An introduction to working in a Montessori setting

  • Working with children with additional needs

 

Within the qualification there are eleven mandatory units that students must complete, eight internally assessed and three externally assessed. As well as the mandatory units, students must complete four optional units to achieve the full qualification a total of fifteen units must be achieved at Pass, Merit or Distinction grade.

 

The three externally set, assessed and supervised units are:

 

Unit 1: Children's Development - written examination

 

Unit 2: Development of Children's Communication, Literacy and Numeracy Skills - Students will be provided with a case study two days before a supervised assessment period, in order to carry out research. They then carry out the supervised assessment.

 

Unit 3: Enquiries into Current Research in Early Years Provision. Students will be provided with a research article six weeks prior and will then have a three hour assessment at a time set by the examining body.

 

Progression Route

 

This qualification is equivalent in size to three A levels and is for students who know they want to work with children as an Early Years Educator, either directly on achievement of this qualification, or after further study for a sector-related degree e.g.

 

BA(Hons) Special Education

 

 

BSC (Hons) Speech and Language Therapy

 

 

BA (Hons) Primary Education.

 

The qualification is also a licence to practice in the early years sector. Students will be able to progress to roles such as early year practitioners, nursery nurses and childminders.

 

Work Placement Opportunities

 

All students taking this qualification will be required to engage with sector employers as part of their course. This includes 750 hours in mandatory work experience in a minimum of two different settings from birth to seven years 11 months over the duration of the two year course.

 

They will have to produce a Practical Evidence Portfolio to record evidence of engagement in continuing professional development and reflective practice in different early years setting.

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