This qualification is recognised by employers who are appointing supervisors in playgroups, day care and other private establishments. The course will enable you to further build on the knowledge gained at Level 2 and will prepare you for work at a Level 3 (supervisory) position. This is a one year course and you will study a number of units including: Supporting Children and Young People’s Health and Safety; Child Development and Promoting Speech, Language and Communication. Your theoretical knowledge will be assessed through child observations, case studies and assignments. Full time students will spend at least two days per week in a childcare setting and your practical competencies will be assessed in placement by a visiting assessor.
This programme of study is likely to include enrichment units which are an additional component to enhance your employability.
The course is also available part-time, delivered two evenings per week in College (Millfield or Castlereagh) and two sessions per week in a work placement.
This course session is currently closed for enrolment/applications – it may be offered at a later date – please continue to check our website for updates.
Career Opportunities / Progression
On successful completion and if deemed suitable, you may undertake further study doing a Foundation Degree in Early Childhood Studies; the Level 3 Transition Award in Playwork or a Level 5 Leadership and Management in CCLD or Playwork. You may also seek employment in the childcare sector.
Requirements for the full-time course are pre-defined by the College’s admissions criteria . Applicants will also be required to hold a Level 2 Diploma in Children’s Care Learning and Development or equivalent and preference will be given to those with Level 2 Literacy or equivalent.
The offer of a place will be conditional upon satisfactory completion of an Access NI Criminal Records check and if appropriate, a Social Services check. You may be considered for the part-time option on the basis of your experience in the sector - please include details with your application form.
All fees are set in accordance with DfE regulations.