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2 Workforce Development Grant You may apply for financial assistance towards the cost of Early Years, Childcare and Playwork courses leading to a vocational or vocationally related qualification or accreditation at level III and above. It is essential that you read this guidance carefully before committing yourself to any course of study and that you ensure that you meet all of the set criteria for eligibility. You may only apply for funding if: Currently employed in a non-maintained Ofsted registered early years & childcare provision within Lincolnshire (part or full-time) Working as a Ofsted Registered Childminder within Lincolnshire Workforce Development application forms are available from all local FE Colleges and Training Agencies. Completion of the application form does not guarantee funding for your course you must meet the above criteria. For those wishing to attend colleges outside of Lincolnshire or distance learning, a letter of sponsorship should be sought from Sue Otter, Birth to Five Service on PLEASE NOTE: Applicants, or their employers, are responsible for paying a contribution towards the training, directly to the training provider at the time of course enrolment ( 75 level 2, 100 level 3, level 4 and 10% for level 5 and above) funding may be available from other sources for level 2 qualification and this should be investigated first (if you are under 19 years of age, in receipt of benefits, have less than 5 GCSE s, or this is your first level 2 qualification) Lincolnshire County Council have set a limit of what a candidate can claim for each qualification per financial year ( 600 level 2, 800 level 3, 1000 level 4, with no maximum amount currently for level 5 and above as this is the target audience for this financial period) Level 3 Transitional Units, for those wishing to transfer from Playwork to Early Years and visa versa, are financially supported in exactly the same way as the level 3 description above, provided this does not exceed 500 per candidate in any financial year Those candidates wishing to complete the EYFS modules, as an opportunity for CPD, will be required to pay 50% of course fees, with the remaining 50% to be paid by LCC Lincolnshire County Council will only fund applicants to pursue a qualification that is higher than a level already held (in the relevant field) REMEMBER: We can only reimburse you for fees you have paid yourself if you supply us with the original invoice and receipt for payment. All applicants are required to complete audit / monitoring forms sent out from Lincolnshire County Council, as requested, failure to return these forms may affect your funding Lincolnshire County Council reserves the right to reclaim a percentage of course costs if you leave before completion FUNDING APPROVAL FOR THE 2008/09 PERIOD DOES NOT MEAN THAT FEES FOR APRIL 2009 ONWARDS WILL BE MET 10

3 What is Train to Gain? If your business is to be successful you need to compete, and to compete you need to train your employees. Train to Gain is the single point of access for businesses such as yours to get the training advice and support you need to succeed. The Learning and Skills Council s Train to Gain service provides impartial, independent advice on training to businesses across England. It can help businesses improve their productivity and competitiveness by ensuring that employees have the right skills to do the best job. Train to Gain gives you access to a skills broker who will carry out a needs analysis of training within your business and help you assess what skills your business has now and what you will need in the future. For businesses, getting the right skills advice is essential to choosing the best and most appropriate training. Train to Gain helps you to do this by using experienced skills brokers who can: offer free impartial and independent advice to businesses match any training needs identified with training providers ensure that training is delivered to meet business needs One of the key goals of the service is to make sure that both the training and the skills advice are impartial, flexible, responsive, and offered at a time and place to suit businesses. This marks a cultural shift in how skills training will be delivered, and will ensure that the delivery of training is much more responsive to the needs of every business. Train to Gain and the Learning and Skills Council The Learning and Skills Council (LSC) is the organisation responsible for making England better skilled and more competitive. We are responsible for planning and funding high quality vocational education and training for everyone and work closely with businesses to ensure this training meets their needs effectively. Research shows that 1.3 million people go to work every day without the skills they require to do their job proficiently. Employers are increasingly investing in staff development and reaping benefits that include improved staff confidence and motivation, higher retention rates and increased productivity. The LSC s vision is that by 2010, young people and adults in England have the knowledge and skills matching the best in the world and are part of a truly competitive workforce. It is only by working in partnership with employers that we will be able to achieve this. How it works: five simple steps to great training By ensuring your employees have the right skills to do the best job, Train to Gain can help boost productivity and keep you ahead of the competition. Working closely with a highly experienced Train to Gain skills broker, you can provide quality, affordable training for your employees. Together you can: 1. Identify the skills your business needs 2. Pinpoint the right training 3. Agree a tailored training package 4. Find available funding 5. Review the progress you are making For more information visit or telephone the Regional Office on

4 JOB ROLES AND QUALIFICATION GRID Early Years, Childcare & Playwork If you are considering starting one of the courses listed below, please contact Lincolnshire County Council to check your eligibility for funding guidelines detailed in the funding section Job roles Vocationally-related qualifications (awarding body) Occupational qualifications Playgroup / Pre-school Assistant Volunteers Level 1 award in Getting Started in a Pre School Setting (CACHE) Introducing Playwork (CACHE) Crèche Assistant Nursery Assistant Playgroup / Pre-school Assistant Assistant Playworker Adventure Playworker Holiday Playscheme Worker Volunteers Registered Childminder Home-based Childcarers Crèche Leader Nursery Nurse Nursery Supervisor Playgroup / Pre-school Leader CWDC Induction Training Level 2 Certificate in Pre-school Practice (CACHE) Level 2 Certificate in Playwork (CACHE) Level 3 Diploma in Pre-school Practice (CACHE) Level 3 Diploma in Playwork (CACHE) NVQ level 2 in Early Years Care and Education CCLD level 2 Childrens Care, Learning & Development NVQ level 2 in Playwork (These are awarded by C&G, CACHE, EdExcel, EDI) NVQ in level 3 in Early Years Care and Education CCLD level 3 Childrens Care, Learning & Development NVQ level 3 in Playwork (These are awarded by C&G, CACHE, EdExcel, EDI) Playwork Manager Playwork Development Officer Senior Playworker Advanced practitioner Development officer Manager Level 4 Certificate in Early Years Practice (OU) NVQ level 4 in Early Years Care and Education (This NVQ is awarded by C&G and CACHE) 12

5 Senior practitioner / practitioner with an area of responsibility Foundation Degree in Families, Parenting & Communities Early Years Foundation Degree Foundation Degree in children & young people Degrees Degrees are higher education qualifications that help you develop a thorough understanding of a subject. There are several different types and a vast number of subjects to choose from. A bachelors degree (sometimes known as an ordinary or first degree) can lead to a qualification such as a bachelor of arts (BA), bachelor of science (BSc), or bachelor of medicine (MB). Depending on the subject you choose, it normally takes three or four years to complete full-time Foundation Degrees combine academic study with workplace learning. They are broadly equivalent to the first two years of a bachelors degree They provide a route into university or college for a broad range of students from many different backgrounds Higher (also called postgraduate) degrees, diplomas and certificates usually require that you already have a bachelors degree. They lead to qualifications such as master of arts (MA) and master of science (MSc) Higher National Certificates (HNCs) and Higher National Diplomas (HNDs) are work-related courses provided by higher education colleges and further education colleges. They are available in a wide range of subjects from accounting to video production Framework for Higher Education: C (Certificate) Certificates of higher education I (Intermediate) Diplomas of higher education and further education, foundation degrees & higher national diplomas H (Honours) Bachelor degrees, graduate certificates & diplomas M (Masters) Master degrees, postgraduate certificates & diplomas D (Doctoral) Doctorates This table is subject to changes the most up to date information on accredited qualifications can be obtained from 13

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7 CWDC INDUCTION TRAINING NEW TO THE CHILDREN S WORKFORCE? The CWDC induction training is an induction training programme for those who are new to the children s workforce. It has been designed by the Children s Workforce Development Council (CWDC) and is delivered and recognised nationally. The training has been adapted to meet the needs of those who are new to the Lincolnshire children s workforce. Who is it for? The induction training is designed for all those who are new to working within the Children s Workforce. One of the most effective aspects of the training is that practitioners from a range of agencies attend the training together and therefore have the opportunity to network, learn more about the work of other organisations and gain an understanding of the wider children s workforce. There are up to 40 available places on each round of training. Module 1 - Principles, values and legislation Module 2 - Understanding children and young people s development Module 3 - Building relationships and communicating with Children, Young people and their Families Module 4 - Keeping Children and Young People Safe from Harm Module 5 - Integrated working How much does it cost? The training at present has been funded by Lincolnshire County Council and CWDC and is therefore free to all participants. How do I get more information? If you would like any further information please contact: Lucy Wood, School Improvement Consultant Children s Workforce Development, Tel:

8 Level 1 Award in Getting Started in a Pre-school Setting Course Aims To gain the basic knowledge required to participate effectively in a pre-school setting This practical course offers a perfect introduction to working in a pre-school. The course also provides you with the opportunity to plan your future involvement in the childcare learning and development sector You will learn: How pre-schools are organised How to create a safe working environment, where children can be cared for and can learn How to work effectively as part of a team and support children s learning There will be: Initial Assessment at the beginning of the course to support the needs of the students Assessment through a short multiple choice test at the end of the course Note: It is strongly recommended that you work or volunteer in an early years setting for the duration of the course Target Audience: Newly appointed unqualified workers, Parents & carers helping in care & education settings This course is offered by the Pre-school Learning Alliance, contact the provider directly Address: Pre-school Learning Alliance Lincs Resource Centre, Holmeleigh, Foundry Street, Horncastle LN9 6AQ Phone No: address: 16

9 Level 1 - Introduction to Playwork Induction Standard This course meets the Ofsted requirements for those working in holiday playschemes and can act as a step into playwork or a basic awareness of working with older children for those who have some early years experience Course Aims: Provide an understanding of the value of play in children s lives Support children and young people s play Contribute to the health and safety of the setting Support the protection of children from abuse Contribute to the building of positive relationships with children and young people in the setting Target Audience Those people working in Holiday and Playwork Settings either as Volunteers and/or Employees This course is offered by Childrens Links, contact the provider with directly Address: Holland House, Horncastle College, Mareham Road, Horncastle, Lincs LN9 6BW Phone No: address: Web site: 17

10 NVQ Level 2 in Children s Care, Learning and Development CACHE Level 2 qualifications provide a stepping stone to Level 3 qualifications. They show that you have a good knowledge and understanding and the ability to perform various well-defined tasks with some direction and guidance. The knowledge and skills that you learn are applicable to the following jobs, where you will be working under supervision: Nursery Assistant Pre-school Assistant Playgroup Assistant Crèche Assistant What entry qualifications do you need? There are no formal entry qualifications The CCLD Level 2 is made up of 7 units, (6 mandatory and 1 optional unit). You need to complete all 7 units to achieve the full certificate Mandatory Units: Contribute to positive relationships Help to keep children safe Support children s development Use support to develop own practice in children s care, learning and development Prepare and maintain environments to meet children s needs Support children s play and learning There is a large choice of optional units to choose from, your assessor will be able to help you choose the most appropriate units according to your job role How will you be assessed? An approved assessor will visit you in your workplace to assess your practical competence, knowledge and understanding. You will need to submit a portfolio to show your competence in all areas of the qualification This course is offered by the majority of the FE Colleges within Lincolnshire, as well as local training agencies, contact the provider that you would like to study with directly Funding? Ask your training provider about level 2 entitlements. If you are not eligible then funding may be available from Lincolnshire County Council if you work in the non-maintained early years sector (*subject to specific criteria being met) for further information contact a member of the Workforce Development Team at the Birth to Five Service on

11 Level 2 - Certificate in Pre-school Practice This course will establish good practice in working with colleagues and parents to provide all children (0-7) with the best possible start in life. Three Core units Supporting play and learning in the pre-school setting Understanding and supporting the development of pre-school children Providing a safe, secure and stimulating environment in a community-based pre-school setting One of two Specialist Optional Units Supporting children with disabilities or special educational needs and their families in the pre school setting Participating in effective teams in community based pre-school settings Initial Assessment at the beginning of the course to support the needs of the students Tutor Assessment : 180 hours with tutor One written assignment for each of 4 units which is marked to grading criteria Students must achieve a pass grade for each unit to be awarded the qualification Note: You must ensure that you are working in an early years setting for the duration of the course This course is offered by the Pre-school Learning Alliance, contact the provider directly Funding? Ask your training provider about level 2 entitlements. If you are not eligible then funding may be available from Lincolnshire County Council if you work in the non-maintained early years sector (*subject to specific criteria being met) for further information contact a member of the Workforce Development Team at the Birth to Five Service on Address: Pre-school Learning Alliance Lincs Resource Centre, Holmeleigh, Foundry Street, Horncastle LN9 6AQ Phone No: address: 19

12 Playwork NVQ Level 2 Course Aims Contribute to positive relationships in the play environment Support children and young people s play Contribute to the health and safety of the play environment Deal with accidents and emergencies Support the protection of children from abuse Support the work of your team Additional Aims/ Units which can be accessed if candidates require Contribute to children and young people s health eating and personal hygiene Escort and supervise children outside the play setting Target Audience Those working or volunteering in a variety of play environments, under supervision This course is offered by Childrens Links, contact the provider with directly Funding? Ask your training provider about level 2 entitlements. If you are not eligible then funding may be available from Lincolnshire County Council if you work in the non-maintained early years sector (*subject to specific criteria being met) for further information contact a member of the Workforce Development Team at the Birth to Five Service on Address: Holland House, Horncastle College, Mareham Road, Horncastle, Lincs LN9 6BW Phone No: address: Web site: 20

13 Level 2 Certificate in Playwork Course Aims Principles & values of playwork Ways in which Playworkers relate to, support and safeguard children & young people in play settings Creating and rescourcing inclusive & challenging play environments Legal and managerial roles Roles within the Local, Public and Professional community Reflective playwork in practice Target Audience For anyone either new or with some experience in a play setting but works under supervision Length of Course: 50 hours (18 weeks) This course is offered by Childrens Links, contact the provider with directly Funding? Ask your training provider about level 2 entitlements. If you are not eligible then funding may be available from Lincolnshire County Council if you work in the non-maintained early years sector (*subject to specific criteria being met) for further information contact a member of the Workforce Development Team at the Birth to Five Service on Address: Holland House, Horncastle College, Mareham Road, Horncastle, Lincs LN9 6BW Phone No: address: Web site: 21

14 Level 3 - Diploma in Home-based Childcare All registered childminders are required by law to undertake basic training in childcare (this requirement is fulfilled by completing and passing Unit 1 of the DHC). However most parents prefer their childcarers to hold a Level 3 qualification, you can gain this by completing and passing all five units of the Diploma in Home-based Childcare. Who is this course designed for? Anyone over 16 years old who is either working as a home-based childcarer, or who is planning to begin work as a home-based childcarer can take this course. What topics are covered by this course? Unit 1 Introduction to Childcare Practice (Home-based) Unit 2 Childcare and Child Development (0-16) in the Home-based Setting Unit 3 The Childcare Practitioner in the Home-based Setting Unit 4 Working in Partnership with Parents in the Home-based Setting Unit 5 Meeting Children s Individual Learning Needs in the Home-based Setting By successfully completing all five units you will gain the CACHE Diploma in Home-based Childcare Unit 1 is available for newly registering / registered childminders, through the colleges in Lincolnshire contact Angela on for details Currently units 2 5 are only available via distance learning at the NEC contact details are listed in the front of this directory 22

15 NVQ Level 3 Children s Care, Learning and Development CACHE Level 3 qualifications are designed to provide the knowledge and understanding for candidates who wish to work in a supervisory position. They must have the ability to complete tasks and address fairly complex problems. This is an appropriate level for people who want to go to university, work independently, or supervise and train others (in some areas). The qualifications can be used in a variety of environments including daycare and classroom settings. They are suitable for workers who will be working unsupervised in the following job roles: Nursery Officer in Charge Pre-school Leader Crèche Leader Childminder Senior Playworker/Co-ordinator Special Educational Needs Supporter Nanny What entry qualifications do you need? There are no formal entry qualifications, but significant experience within a childcare setting is necessary The CCLD Level 3 is made up of 9 units, (5 mandatory and 4 optional units). You need to complete all 9 units to achieve the full certificate Mandatory Units: Develop and promote positive relationships Develop and maintain a healthy, safe and secure environment for children Promote children s development Reflect on and develop practice Protect and promote children s rights There is a large choice of optional units to choose from, your assessor will be able to help you choose the most appropriate units according to your job role How will you be assessed? An approved assessor will visit you in your workplace to assess your practical competence, knowledge and understanding. You will need to submit a portfolio to show your competence in all areas of the qualification This course is offered by the majority of the FE Colleges within Lincolnshire, as well as local training agencies, contact the provider that you would like to study with directly 23

16 Level 3: Diploma in Pre-school Practice Course Aims To study the theoretical knowledge and practical skills required to administer and organise a pre-school setting. The course also aims to provide insight into the challenges of leadership in a pre-school setting. Three Core units Understanding and promoting the development of pre-school children Providing learning communities for pre-school children and their families Making the pre-school setting a supportive and safe environment One of three Specialist Optional Units Supporting parents with literacy, numeracy and language needs in a pre-school setting Working with children with disabilities and special educational needs and their families in a pre-school setting Working in a parent-managed pre-school setting Initial Assessment at the beginning of the course to support the needs of the students Tutor Assessment : 240 hours with tutor One written assignment for each of 4 units which is marked to grading criteria Students must achieve a pass grade for each unit to be awarded the qualification Note: You must ensure that you are working in an early years setting for the duration of the course This course is offered by the Pre-school Learning Alliance, contact the provider directly Address: Pre-school Learning Alliance Lincs Resource Centre, Holmeleigh, Foundry Street, Horncastle LN9 6AQ Phone No: address: 24

17 Playwork NVQ Level 3 Course consists of: 5 mandatory units & 4 optional units Mandatory Units: Contribute to an organisational framework that reflects the need and projects the rights of children and young people Develop and maintain a healthy, safe and secure environment for children Develop and promote positive relationships Plan for and support self-directed play Reflect on and develop practice Optional Units: Manage a budget Recruit, select and keep colleagues Allocate and monitor the progress and quality of work in your area of responsibility Provide learning opportunities for colleagues Develop opportunities in the community Contribute to evaluating, developing and promoting services Organise and supervise travel Work with colleagues in a team Respond to concerns about possible child abuse Contribute to children s health and well-being Work with parents and carers Administer playwork provision Target Audience Those with substantial experience as a playworker or childcare worker within a play environment and work unsupervised, in a senior position. This course is offered by Childrens Links, contact the provider with directly Address: Holland House, Horncastle College, Mareham Road, Horncastle, Lincs LN9 6BW Phone No: address: Web site: 25

18 Level 3 Diploma in Playwork Course Aims Establishing good relationships with children Promoting and facilitating inclusive and anti-discriminatory practice Reflecting and responding positively to children s behaviour in a child centred play environment Contributing to the protection of children from abuse Promoting children s development through play Instigating and maintaining health and safety in the setting Planning a child-centred play environment Reflecting upon and evaluating personal and organisational development Managing an effective team The administration of Playwork provision Developing opportunities in the community Target Audience Those who have substantial experience as a playworker, and work unsupervised, preferably in a senior position. Length of Course: 180 hours (1 year) This course is offered by Childrens Links, contact the provider with directly Address: Holland House, Horncastle College, Mareham Road, Horncastle, Lincs LN9 6BW Phone No: address: Web site: 26

19 Certificate in Working with Children, Young People their Families and Carers Developed by Lincoln University as a collaborative venture with Children s Links, Connexions, Social services and CfBT - level 4 equivalent and the first year of a degree pathway The entire degree is being developed on the Common Core of Skills and Knowledge which have been identified for all those working in childcare. It is envisaged that it will encourage multi-agency working by multi-agency learning with practitioners from early years, foster care, social work and connexions advisers all learning in the same group. The programme is delivered over 4 terms, one evening a week The modules required are: Learning to study through exploring contemporary social issues Values and Ethics for practice The Policy Context of Practice Rights and Participation Children & Young People Development 1 Collaboration in Practice Communicating with Children & Young People Safeguarding Children & Young People Upon completing the certificate programme, you may either: Choose to finish your studies at that point Continue your studies by entering the next level and thereby achieve a Foundation Degree in Working with Children and Young People Use the Certificate to apply for advanced entry to the University of Lincoln BSc Social Work degree This course is offered by Childrens Links, contact the provider directly on or Phil Musson at Lincoln University on or 27

20 NVQ Level 4 in Children s Care, Learning and Development) The CACHE Level 4 qualification reflects the ability to identify and use relevant understanding, methods and skills in complex and non-routine situations. It also develops understanding of different perspectives or approaches within an area of study or work. This level is for people working in technical, professional, management or developmental roles. The qualifications are equivalent to Certificates of Higher Education. Level 4 is suitable for the reflective practitioner and management roles in education or childcare settings. Who is it for? People working in face-to-face roles with children, young people, and families at a senior/management level What entry qualifications do you need? There are no formal entry qualifications, but significant experience as a manager or advanced practitioner in a childcare setting is necessary Course Content This level 4 qualification contains 4 mandatory units and a total of 5 optional units. In order to acheive the full NVQ you must undertake all 4 mandatory units plus 5 optional unit of your choice, a total of 9 units. Mandatory Units Establish and develop working relationships Support policies, procedures and practice to safeguard children and ensure their inclusion and wellbeing Support programmes for the promotion of childrens development Reflect on, review and develop own practice There is a large choice of optional units to choose from, your assessor will be able to help you choose the most appropriate units according to your job role. How will you be assessed? An approved assessor will visit you in your workplace to assess your practical competence, knowledge and understanding. You will need to submit a portfolio to show your competence in all areas of the qualification This course is offered by the majority of the FE Colleges within Lincolnshire, as well as local training agencies, contact the provider that you would like to study with directly 28

21 Level 4 - Certificate in Early Years Practice This is a vocationally-oriented qualification which will enhance your existing role and give your career a boost. It takes account of the training needs of a wide range of practitioners working in a variety of early years education and care settings. This certificate is for those who want a qualification in early years practice either in its own right or as an interim qualification towards the Foundation Degree in Early Years (G01), BA Early Years (B51) or BA (Hons) Childhood and Youth Studies (B23) or any other degree that includes early years practice courses. Planning your studies During your studies, you have to be working directly with young children in either a paid or voluntary capacity in a relevant setting. This should be for the minimum of five hours a week in order for you to complete the work-related assignments within the courses. You and your employer will need to complete a permission agreement form confirming the above requirements before you begin studying. Courses You need the following two modules: Working with children in the early years (E123) Supporting children s learning in the early years (E124) This course is offered by the Open University, you should contact them directly on (Monday to Friday to and Saturday to UK Time) 29

22 Early Years Foundation Degree Open University Distance Learning Description This Foundation Degree consists of 240 points, 120 at undergraduate Level 1 and the remaining 120 at undergraduate Level 2 This degree is suitable for experienced practitioners working directly with young children (0-7 years and 11 months) in a range of care and education settings. It will provide knowledge and skills required for working with children in these settings. Planning your studies The degree includes a specialist vocational component, which is underpinned by broad-based academic learning. You must be a current practitioner in the field with at least two years experience and you should be able to verify your experience, skills and knowledge. During your studies, you will need to be working directly with young children aged 0 to 7 years and 11 months, for a minimum of five hours a week in an early years education and care setting, in either a paid or voluntary capacity in order to complete the work-related and work-based assignments within this foundation degree. Career relevance and employability This degree offers a new level of professional practice known as Senior Practitioner. It has been endorsed and recognised by employers and we expect that this degree will be highly regarded in the early years sector. Courses For this 240-point degree you need: Level 1 Compulsory courses Working with children in the early years (E123) OR 30 Working with children in the early years (EZL123) 30 And Supporting children s learning in the early years (E124) OR 30 Supporting children s learning in the early years (EZL124) 30 And Personal professional development: early years setting (E115) 60 The Level 2 compulsory course: Extending personal professional development (E215) 60 And 60 points from the following option courses: Child development (ED209) 60 Childhood (U212) (Compulsory course if you wish to progress to the BA (Hons) Childhood and Youth Studies) 60 Working with children and families (K204) 60 Inclusive education: learning from each other (E243) 30 or the discontinued course E242 Ways of knowing: language, mathematics and science in the early years (E230) 30 You must complete E123 (or E660/EYC660 or EZL123) and E124 (or EZL124) before you start E115. E215 is designed to be the last course that you take for this Foundation Degree. You must complete the compulsory Level 1 study before starting E215. Although it is possible to study the Level 2 option course(s) at the same time as E215 this will require a significant commitment to study. As such we strongly recommend that you complete the option course(s) before starting E

23 Foundation Degree in Early Years Care The Foundation Degree in Early Years aims to provide students with the appropriate knowledge and understanding necessary for them to work and demonstrate competence at Senior Practitioner level across a range of Early Years Care and Education settings. You will study 20 units to complete the Foundation Degree in various topics, such as: Understanding the child The curriculum 0-8 years The importance of play In addition, you will study professional units such as: Professional practice The reflective practitioner The course is delivered using a variety of methods. There are formal lessons, lectures, group discussion, seminars, learning clubs, research and on-line activities. Assessment is through assignments, presentations, research projects, observations and on-line discussions. Students need a practical placement of at least two days a week (with under eight year olds) and a mentor in this setting, this can be a voluntary placement. HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE The Foundation Degree will take three years to complete on a part-time basis. This programme is designed to be flexible. Attendance will be required on Thursdays pm over 24 weeks for each year. ENTRY QUALIFICATIONS Students applying for this programme should hold a Level 3 Child Studies qualification and have a miniumum of one years post-qualifying experience. Mature students with no formal qualifications but with a wealth of experience working in an Early Years setting may apply. Also, you must have two days placement in an Early Years setting with an appropriate mentor. WHERE COULD IT LEAD Successful students may progress to the final year of BA (Hons) Childhood Studies at the University of Lincoln and to training for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). This course is offered by Boston College, you should contact them directly for further information 31

24 Foundation Degree Arts (FdA) in Early Childhood Services The Foundation Degree Arts (FdA) in Early Childhood Services is a 2-year degree focusing on the educational, social and health aspects of childhood (0 to 8 years of age). The degree also offers a part-time route taken over 3 or 4 years and is one of a number of degrees offered at the university college under Early Childhood Studies within the School of Culture, Innovation and Education. The programme is specially designed to build upon the existing knowledge of students who hold, ideally, level 3 qualifications and with a minimum of 2 years post qualifying work experience. The FdA will provide opportunities to continue in work whilst you learn, build on existing skills and to widen the participation of the early year s care and education workforce including those from backgrounds of health and social care, social work, education and childcare; working within the remit of children s services. The programme is designed to integrate academic and work-based learning appropriate for a range of early childhood services. Successful completion of the FdA provides a progression route into a BA(Hons) Early Childhood Studies, offered at the college. The course aims to: to develop a broad and balanced knowledge and understanding of the core areas of early year s education, health and social aspects in children s services and factors which influence the development of services an appreciation of Early Childhood Studies as an academic discipline and a critical understanding of its interdisciplinary nature and the anticipated roles needed in integrated service provision equip students for career advancement in early years provision, social care, health or education develop an academic, professional and vocational approach to the acquisition and application of a range of generic/specific transferable intellectual, research and practical skills appropriate to the study of Early Childhood studies and Children s Services For more information tel: , or visit the Bishop Grosseteste University College web site Or New College Stamford on or visit the college web site 32

25 Foundation Degree Families, Parenting & Communities Duration: Three Years Level: NQF Level 4 Course Content The Foundation Degree in Families, Parenting and Communities is offered on a part-time basis. This course is a new initiative from De Montfort University and Grantham College and incorporates a one year course - University Certification in Continuing Education (UCCE). This course has been developed to allow you to access Higher Education with or without formal qualifications. You are able to enrol for this course in September, January and April. Classes will be time-tabled between the hours of 10.30am and 3.30pm with no classes during school half-terms. A major component of this course is the work-based learning sessions where you will be allocated a suitable work setting. Modules covered include: Child Development Community, Health & Well-being Differences & Diversity in Britain Foundations for Psychology Human Body Personal Skills & Development Social Contact of Family Life Strategies for Parenting Studying on this course will enable you to enhance your professional qualifications and develop your personal and study skills within the childcare, social care and health-related professions. Progression Opportunities On successful completion of this course you have the opportunity to progress on to the final level of the BA (Hons) in Health Studies degree at De Montfort University. Funding for this course may be available, please contact course leader Mary-Ann Round on for more information. This course is offered by Grantham College 33

26 The Foundation Degree Arts (FdA) in Children and Youth Services The Foundation Degree Arts (FdA) in Children and Youth Services is a 2-year degree focusing on the range of services for children aged up to 19 years. The degree also offers a part-time route taken over 3 or 4 years and is one of a number of degrees offered at the University College within the School of Culture, Innovation and Education. The Programme aims to meet the growing local, regional and national need for trained personnel to work in various capacities in areas related to children and young people. It will prepare students with the skills and knowledge required within the emerging children and young people s workforce. The FdA Children & Youth Services is a flexible qualification for those interested in working in the broad range of children s services in formal and informal education settings.. in youth work, childcare & education, health & social care, play work, family support. The programme is designed on the basis of the Workforce Development strategy which lies at the heart of Government s Learning to Listen framework, under the Every Child Matters Green paper and Youth Matters Green Paper. The FdA is written for adults working with, and responsible for, the involvement of children and young people in contemporary society and to make their guidance as safe, sound and effective as possible and is committed to developing practitioners to execute their responsibilities as successfully as possible through the Common Core of Skills and Knowledge. (HM Government, DfES 2005). The common Core reflects a set of common values for practitioners that promote equality, respect diversity and challenge stereotypes, helping to improve the life chances of all children and young people and to provide more effective and integrated services. For more information tel: , or visit the Bishop Grosseteste University College web site 34

27 BA (Hons) Professional Studies (Early Childhood Services) Bishop Grosseteste University College are offering a BA (Hons) Professional Studies (Early Childhood Services) for practitioners working in the early year s sector, who hold or will hold an appropriate, relevant Foundation Degree in September The BA (Hons) Professional Studies Early Childhood Services provides a pathway for progression for practitioners within the children s workforce and responds to the vision for 21st century children s services. The programme also recognises the ambition of building capacity to work across professional boundaries for integrated services development. The programme progression route is underpinned by the direction of national strategy on Children s Workforce Development for increasing the number of graduate professionals within the Children s Workforce. Further a BA(Hons) award is necessary in order for practitioners to apply for Early Years Professional Status (EYPS) and enable them to lead on the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). For registration details please contact Academic Registry Bishop Grosseteste University College Lincoln LN1 3DY tel: fax: web: If you would like more information please contact the Academic Registry at or call

28 Tutor Training Have you ever thought about training to teach adults? The purpose of the City and Guilds 7303 scheme is to provide an introduction for those people who wish to train or teach. It is a qualification that will equip a wide range of trainers, facilitators and teachers with the necessary skills to support learners. Teaching adults is a specialist area, adult learners have very varied backgrounds and life experiences, they may hold degrees or have left school early with very few qualifications. Teachers of adults need particular skills that are different to those working in a school or with young people on vocational training. Teachers recognise that adult learners are generally coming to courses because they have chosen to be there, and because the learning is relevant to their lives at the time. City and Guilds 7303 (C&G 7303) is a stepping stone award and replaces the C&G 7302 and micro-teaching element of the old Certificate in Further and Adult Education Teaching (7307 stage 1). C&G 7303 introduces candidates to delivering training and is ideal for trainers in commerce, industry, public and voluntary sectors or HM forces, who might not have had the opportunity to build up any teaching hours. The C&G 7303 award is suitable for those who work, or want to work, as - teachers/trainers/tutors in the lifelong learning sector and adult/community education trainers of personnel in commerce, industry, public and voluntary sectors or HM Forces technicians and support staff in further and adult education part-time teachers in further and adult education provided they are qualified in the subject they intend to teach by virtue of holding an appropriate professional qualification or employed in a training/ teaching role. What constitutes an appropriate qualification is at the discretion of the training provider. C&G 7303 is related to and overlaps the following existing City and Guilds awards - City and Guilds City and Guilds 7302 Certificate and Diploma in Delivering Learning (Level 3) 7407 Certificate in Further Education Teacher (Level 4) City and Guilds 7318 Learning and Development awards (Level 3) What next? Contact your local FE provider for course details 36

29 Assessor and Verifier Awards These awards have been developed to support candidates in the process of becoming competent and effective assessors and verifiers in a variety of learning situations. Qualification The qualifications are accredited by nationally recognised awarding bodies. Candidates work through the distance-learning course materials at their own pace, and at times convenient to them. Assessor Award The course consists of two units covering the following areas: Unit A1: Assess candidates using a range of methods This unit looks at the role of the assessor using a range of methods, how the assessor contributes to internal quality assurance systems within an organisation and providing effective feedback to learners Unit A2: Assess candidates performance through observation This unit looks at how the assessor uses observation to assess candidates, how to plan assessments and providing effective feedback to learners Verifier Award The verifier award involves one unit Unit V1: Conduct internal quality assurance of the assessment process This unit looks at monitoring, reviewing and evaluating the internal assessment process and carrying out related verification or moderation activities Course delivery and assessment You work through the learning materials and complete assessments for each unit. Learning activities and assessments are based on a combination of knowledge and skills learned on the programme and workbased activities and experience. You will have access to an advisor/assessor who will support you throughout the programme. The advisor/assessor will also observe you carrying out the assessment and/or verification process. To access this course please contact your local FE College or Training Agency see the contacts list in section 1 This course is offered by the majority of the FE Colleges within Lincolnshire, as well as local training agencies, contact the provider that you would like to study with directly 37

30 Early Years Professional Status The Government aims to have an Early Years Professional in every full day care setting by 2015 and one in every Children s Centre by The Children s Workforce Development Council (CWDC) believes that it will be the role of the EYP to lead the Early Years Foundation Stage. To achieve EYPS a practitioner will have to demonstrate that they meet 39 Standards across the 0-5 age range. Pathways to Early Years Professional Status There are 4 Pathways to achieve EYPS: Validation Pathway - 4 months part-time (6 _ days contact time and one study day) To access this Pathway an individual must be a graduate working in an eligible setting. Short Extended Professional Development (EPD) Pathway - 7 months part-time (including validation) To access this Pathway an individual must be a graduate working in an eligible setting. Long EPD Pathway - 16 months part-time (including validation) 4000 funding available for eligible settings. To access this Pathway an individual must have a minimum of a Foundation Degree or equivalent. Full Pathway - 12 months full-time 5000 bursary. To access this Pathway an individual must be a graduate. Eligibility and CWDC Funding To access the EYPS training/assessment programme on the Validation, Short EPD or Long EPD Pathway applicants must work in an eligible setting. 1. The EYPS programme is fully funded and the setting will receive funding for supply cover if the applicant s setting is: private, voluntary, independent, a Children s Centre, designated Children s Centre or Family Centre. 2. The EYPS programme is fully funded for staff supporting Early Years settings employed by Local Authority, FE or HEI. EM Direct is one of the local providers of EYPS training and assessment and can provide further information about the programme. Call the Early Years team on or visit Alternatively access the CWDC website for more information: 38

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