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Childcare Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship

This advanced level course is for those dedicated to a career in childcare. The course gives you a broad and detailed understanding of the principles of child development and allows you to develop the skills and experience needed to become a fully rounded childcare practitioner prepared for any starting point in the childcare profession including supervisory roles. You benefit from learning in the workplace and in college. This blend of theory and practice along with the development of your English and maths skills contribute greatly to your employability.

What do I learn?
Childcare is a demanding and growing profession in which there are opportunities for skilled people with good qualifications and experience. This course will suit those who have a realistic understanding of what childcare roles involve and are working in a childcare setting or to progress to a higher education course relating to childcare child development or similar. Covering both theory and practice you will spend some days in college and practical training in the work placements. The scope of the Diploma is broad. You develop a deep understanding of how children develop play and learn. You will take responsibility for preparing activities for children and provide a safe and healthy environment.

Core mandatory units are:
• promote communication
• engage in personal development
• promote equality and inclusion
• principles for implementing duty of care
• understand child and young person development
• promote child and young person development
• understand how to safeguard the well-being of children and young people
• support children and young people’s health and safety
• develop positive relationships with children young people and others involved in their care
• working together for the benefit of children and young people
• understand how to support positive outcomes for children and young people.

As part of the course you will need to demonstrate specific English and maths skills alongside your main subject studies. These Functional Skills will help you with your coursework and also you for work and life. You will also further develop your personal learning and thinking skills. You will cover employment rights and responsibilities. Self-motivation and good organisation skills are essential to make sure you are able to balance work days with the full days in college and still find time to carry out your assignments some of which you will overlap.

Your college day will be full days. Theory lessons are delivered in a practical and fun way and are always relevant. You are invited to refer to and reflect on what you have learned in your work often buddying up with other students to share and discuss experiences. Learning is through individual pair and group activities. Classes will take place during term-time only. You will be assessed by an assessor in the work placement. Gain experience of the whole daily cycle at the provider from morning drop-off to collection at the end of the day. Assessment is through a mixture of individual written assignments and observations. Your Functional Skills in English and maths are assessed by exam.
What do I gain?
You will benefit from being taught by an experienced team all of whom have relevant and recent industry experience take part in a continuous development programme where they are regularly in a workplace to keep up their practice.
What do I need?
You will need to be in work in a relevant childcare setting including roles at Level 3. A Criminal Record Bureau (CRB) check will also be required.
What do I gain?
On successful completion you will be qualified to work in any childcare setting including roles where you have sole responsibiltiy for children. Your qualification will meet the entry requirements for relevant higher education courses.

case study

The experience of seeing caring professionals at work in her own family inspired a change of direction for Kayley Ives. 
The former Reading College health and social care student explained: “I had been thinking about studying graphic design but then my grandma became ill and, seeing her carers at work, I was inspired by how dedicated and professional they were. It made me realise I wanted to dedicate my life to looking after people with illnesses or disabilities too.” Read more.