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Child Development & Care

NCFE Cache Technical Award

Course Outline ‐ What will I learn?

Why study Child Care

Child Care is an excellent subject to choose if you aspire to work with young children in the future; this may be in an early years setting, such as a nursery, or in any number of roles that require an understanding of child development, such as nursing or social work.

Unit  1 ­ Coursework

An introduction to working with children aged 0-­5 years

In this unit you will learn about the different types of settings and local provision for children. You will also learn how to prepare for working in settings and the responsibilities of early years workers.

Unit  2 ­ Coursework

Development and well­being 0-­5 years

In this unit you will learn about the growth and development of children 0-­5 years and the different factors that affect it. You will be introduced to ways of observing and assessing children so you can support their development. You will also learn how to work with children and prepare them for moving to a different setting.

Component 3 ­ Written Exam

Child Care and Development 0­-5 years

In this exam, you will be expected to show your knowledge of all the work covered in Units 1 and 2.

How it will be assessed

Pupils will achieve grade Pass, Merit, Distinction or Distinction*. Unit 1 and 2 have a total of two pieces of coursework to be completed; this is marked internally and makes up 50% of the final grade.  Unit 3 has a one and a half hour exam; this is marked externally and makes up 50% of the final mark. The exam is taken in Year 11.

Skills

Child Care involves a lot of coursework; you will need:

  • an interest in Child Care related jobs
  • good reading and extended writing skills
  • good organisational skills and the ability to meet coursework deadlines
  • the confidence to go out into the community and talk to people involved in Child Care services
  • the ability to find your own informa on and conduct research
  • to be able to think for yourself and work independently
  • determination and the ability to remain motivated whilst completing extended writing assessments

 

What parents need to know

Please be aware that this course has two extended writing assignments which are worth a total of 50% of the pupil’s final grade. We work to tight exam board deadlines and, therefore, it is essential that these assignments are completed in the given timeframe. Failure to meet these deadlines will affect the pupil’s final grade.

Pupils will be expected to participate in a variety of visits to local Child Care providers in order to experience how skills learnt in the classroom can be transferred into a real-life setting.

Potential further study and careers

Potential further study and careers

  • CACHE Level 3 Award, Certificate and Diploma in Childcare and Education
  • Childcare and Education Diploma Level 3
  • A Level Health & Social Care (Applied)
  • BTEC Level 3 in Health & Social Care
  • BTEC Level 3 in Health & Social Care (Trainee Health Professionals)
  • BTEC Level 3 in Health & Social Care (Community);
  • Childcare and Education Diploma Level 3
  • CACHE Level 3 Award, Certificate and Diploma in Childcare and Education

Careers

There are various careers in both Health and Social Care and in Child Care. Here are some examples:

  • Children’s Nurse
  • Early years practitioner
  • Primary school teacher
  • Family support worker
  • Teaching assistant
  • Child psychologist
  • Child psychiatrist
  • Childminder / nanny
  • Play therapist

Please contact: E.Ronan on info@oakwood.ac

 

 

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