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Training and qualifications for working with children

Courses and qualifications relevant for working with children in childcare and school settings.

Work-based qualifications

CACHE Level 2 Certificate in an Introduction to Early Years Education and Care (QCF)

What does the qualification cover?
The aim of this qualification is for learners who work with children between birth and five years, with knowledge of children up to seven years. This qualification is designed to help learners build the knowledge and skills of the EYFS and children’s development needed when working with children and young people from birth to 7years of age.

What are the entry requirements?
Learners should be at least 16 years old and have a minimum of Level 2 in English. Learners who are working in a supervised role in a 0-5 years Ofsted registered early years setting as a volunteer or paid member of staff for a minimum of 12 hours per week and have at least 3 months experience within the setting

How is this qualification structured?
Learners will be required to attend an induction and 30 hours of underpinning knowledge sessions. An assessor will be allocated to you and they will book monthly visits to carry out direct observations and professional discussions. The assessor will set work within timescales from your OCC workbook which will include written assignments, reflective accounts, tables, case studies and tasks Learners must achieve a total of 33 credits: 29 credits from mandatory units; plus 4 credits from optional units.

How long does it take to complete?
This qualification will take 9-12 months to complete

What related qualifications can you progress to?
Learners could also progress on to the CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Early Years. Education and Care or the CACHE Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Workforce.

CACHE Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Workforce (EYE) (QCF)

What does the qualification cover?
The aim of this qualification is to prepare learners to become Early Years Educators, enabling them to  work with children between birth and five years, and gain knowledge of children aged 5 to 7 years

What are the entry requirements?
Learners should be at least 16 years old. You must have a minimum of GCSE Level A-C or equivalent in English and Maths to enrol on the course.

If you do not hold these qualifications please visit www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/adultlearning or call 0845 351 0646 where you can gain information about GCSE courses we offer. The GCSE’s are currently fully funded.

Learners who are working in an unsupervised role in a 0-5 years Ofsted registered early years setting as a volunteer or paid member of staff for a minimum of 15 hours per week and have at least 3 months experience within the setting.

Learners must also be able to ensure they are able to demonstrate experience of working with children in ALL of the following age ranges:

  • 0-1 year 11 months for a minimum of 25 hours
  • 2-2years 11 months minimum of 133 hours
  • 3-5 years minimum of 192 hours

How is this qualification structured?
Learners will be required to attend an induction and 30 hours of underpinning knowledge sessions. An assessor will be allocated to you and they will book monthly visits to carry out direct observations and professional discussions. The assessor will set work within timescales from your OCC workbook which will include written assignments, reflective accounts, tables, case studies, longitudinal studies and tasks. Learners must achieve a total of 61 credits.

How long does it take to complete?
This qualification will take 12-18 months to complete

What related qualifications can you progress to?
Learners can progress to the CACHE Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Health and Social Care and Children and Young People's Services (England) (QCF), or other higher level early years qualifications

Funding

See our funding page for details of funds available to support training for staff working in early years settings.

Non-work based qualifications

Introduction to Working with Children

The Introduction to Working with Children course provides an overview of the knowledge, skills and abilities required to work with children and to be able to identify your next step. The programme aims to give an introduction to the employment roles involving work with children for example: teaching assistant, childcare worker, playworker, lunchtime supervisor and so on. It will enable learners decide whether work with children is right for them and to build confidence to apply for an appropriate accredited course.

By the end of the course Learners will be able to:

  • Describe the range of children's settings where they can build a career.
  • Summarise the skills required for working successfully with children.
  • Outline the current legislation connected with working with children.
  • Talk about the key milestones in childhood development and know about how this is currently assessed.
  • Explain models of good practice for working with children.
  • Make some decisions about their next careers steps.
     

This is a classroom based course taught by professionals who work or who have worked with children for many years. A brief assessment will be carried out at the beginning of the course to identify learning styles and any additional needs in order fully support learners on the course. The tutor will provide support with completing homework. If anyone feels they would benefit from additional literacy and/or numeracy support they can talk to the tutor in confidence.

Level 1 Award in an Introduction to an Early Years Settings (QCF)

Course content - This qualification will allow learners to gain a basic knowledge of childcare in early year’s environments. This includes the value of play, roles and responsibilities of carers and volunteers and the importance of developing links in the local community. It covers working with children up to the age of 5 years.

Who is the course for? Parents and volunteers wishing to participate in the provision made by early year’s environments, such as pre-schools. In some circumstances it might also be appropriate for learners engaging in Foundation Learning. Learners wishing to progress in a career in childcare

Entry requirements – A good level of communication including reading and writing, for example a Level 1 or higher in English. If you are working or volunteering in a childcare setting this would be an advantage. Learners must be at least 16 years old at the date of registration for the award

Length of course – 10 weeks

Progression – CACHE Level 2 Certificate in an Introduction to Early Years Education and Care (QCF) or Level 2 Playwork.

More information

For details of other courses available, from level 1 through to degree level, see our guide to qualifications pages.

If you have a query about Children and Young People’s Workforce qualifications please call 01865 797194.

Meeting employers' needs

We are able to meet the individual training needs of early years settings and child-minders by offering bespoke delivery of courses such as food safety, safeguarding, manual handling and promoting positive behaviour.

Supporting teaching and learning in schools

We offer a range of qualifications for school support staff, with a particular focus on the development of teaching assistants.

Level 2 Award in Support Work in Schools (SWIS)

Who is the course for? All school support staff roles, including teaching assistants. It can also be undertaken by people who are not yet employed in a school, as well as providing initial training/induction for those new in post.

Entry requirements – You will need a good level of spoken and written English. It is recommended that you achieve a Level 2 qualification in English before starting this Award.

Course content – 5 mandatory units covering the principles of working with children in schools:

  • Child and young person development
  • Communication and professional relationships with children, young people and adults
  • Equality, diversity and inclusion in work with children and young people
  • Safeguarding the welfare of children and young people
  • Schools as organisation

Training and Assessment – There are 2 different ways of completing this qualification.

Workshops:

This method is most suitable for people who are not already working with children in schools. You will attend a series of training workshops in order to gain the knowledge you need. You will also have to do some independent research. Workshop programmes are offered at set times during the year.

Independent study:

This method is most suitable for people who are already working with children in a school. Instead of attending workshops you have the option to develop your knowledge by doing independent research and seeking support from your colleagues in school.

For both types of programme you will be required to complete 5 assignments and your assessor may also ask you questions to assess your understanding.

Expected timescale – 12 - 16 working weeks

Progression – The Level 2 Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools

Level 2 Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools (STLS)

Who is the course for? Teaching assistants who support pupils aged 5 or over. It is appropriate for staff whose roles are largely directed by a teacher. It may also be suitable for school volunteers with the agreement of the headteacher.

Entry requirements – You should ideally be working or volunteering in a school for at least 1 ½ days per week, carrying out a varied range of tasks. It is recommended that you achieve Level 2 qualifications in English and mathematics before starting this programme.

Course content –

5 knowledge-based units (the same units found in the Level 2 Award in Support Work in Schools).

5 mandatory skills-based units:

  • Help improve own and team practice in schools
  • Maintain and support relationships with children and young people
  • Support children and young people’s health and safety
  • Support children and young people’s positive behaviour
  • Support learning activities

1 or 2 additional units from a list of 13 optional unit choices.

Training and Assessment – You will be assessed using a range of methods that are agreed between you and your assessor. These include observation, witness testimonies from colleagues, reflective accounts and assignments, questioning, examination of work products (e.g. documents, resources and records that show your competence in aspects of your work).

Expected timescale – approximately 24 working weeks

Progression – Depending on your level of responsibility you may be in a position to work towards a Level 3 Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools or a Level 3 Diploma in Specialist Support for Teaching and Learning in Schools.

Level 3 Award in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools (STLS)

Who is the course for? School support staff who need to show level 3 understanding in their work. It may be suitable for people not yet in a school role but who have the capability to achieve at level 3 due to them having prior experience of working in children’s settings. It may also be appropriate for people in a level 2 role who wish to demonstrate that they are ready for progression to level 3. It can equally be used as initial training for those new in post at this level.

Entry requirements – You will need a good level of spoken and written English. It is recommended that you achieve a Level 2 qualification in English before starting this Award.

Course content –

4 mandatory knowledge-based units:

  • Understand child and young person development
  • Communication and professional relationships with children, young people and adults
  • Understand how to safeguard the wellbeing of children and young people
  • Schools as organisations

Training and Assessment – Your assessor will assist you by signposting you to relevant sources of information in order to develop your knowledge. You will need to be prepared to carry out some independent research. You will also be supported in your learning by appropriate managers, mentors and/or other work colleagues. You will be required to complete 4 assignments and your assessor may also ask you some questions to assess your understanding.

Expected timescale – 12 - 16 working weeks

Progression – The Level 3 Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools or the Level 3 Diploma in Specialist Support for Teaching and Learning in Schools.

Level 3 Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools (STLS)

Who is the course for? Teaching assistants who support the teaching and learning of school pupils aged 5 or over. It is appropriate for staff who are experienced and/or have a degree of additional responsibility.

Entry requirements – You should ideally be working for at least 2 days per week in an appropriate school role. It is recommended that you achieve Level 2 qualifications in English and mathematics before starting this qualification.

Course content –

4 mandatory knowledge-based units (see Level 3 Award in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools for details).

7 mandatory skills-based units:

  • Engage in personal development in health, social care or children and young people’s settings
  • Promote equality, diversity and inclusion in work with children and young people
  • Develop professional relationships with children, young people and adults
  • Support children and young people’s health and safety
  • Promote children and young people’s positive behaviour
  • Support learning activities
  • Support assessment for learning

Training and Assessment – You will be assessed using a range of methods that are agreed between you and your assessor. These include observation, witness testimonies from colleagues, reflective accounts and assignments, questioning, examination of work products (e.g. documents, resources and records that show your competence in aspects of your work).

Expected timescale – approximately 24 working weeks

Progression – The Level 3 Diploma in Specialist Support for Teaching and Learning in Schools.

Level 3 Diploma in Specialist Support for Teaching and Learning in Schools (SSTLS)

Who is the course for? Teaching assistants who directly support the teaching and learning of pupils aged 5 or over, in a role that requires specialist knowledge and skills. For example, teaching assistants who have expertise in particular aspects of Special Educational Needs, who are team leaders or are actively involved in planning and delivering interventions.

Entry requirements – You should ideally be working for at least 3 days per week in a school in an appropriate specialist role. It is recommended that you achieve Level 2 qualifications in English and mathematics before starting this qualification.

Course content –

4 mandatory knowledge-based units (see Level 3 Award in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools for details).

7 mandatory skills-based units (see Level 3 Certificate in Supporting Teaching and learning in Schools for details).

3 or 4 specialist skills-based units from a list of 41 optional choices.

Training and Assessment – You will be assessed using a range of methods that are agreed between you and your assessor. These include observation, witness testimonies from colleagues, reflective accounts and assignments, questioning, examination of work products (e.g. documents, resources and records that show your competence in aspects of your work).

Expected timescale – approximately 32 working weeks

Progression – Higher Level Teaching Assistant Status; relevant Foundation Degree; teacher training.

 

More information

For more information on Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools qualifications please call 01865 797417.

Find and book courses

Visit our adult learning courses page to see the locations and dates of upcoming courses.

You can enrol online or by calling Paulia Tims on 01235 216 318 

Last reviewed
03 February 2017
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