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1 Brent Children & Families Information Service Chesterfield House, 9 Park Lane, Wembley, Middlesex, HA9 7RH Childcare Courses, ESOL and related subjects in Brent and neighbouring boroughs Families Information Service on or at and ask for the childcare courses list.

2 Introduction - Why study a childcare qualification? A qualification in childcare opens up the possibility of a number of interesting and challenging career paths. You may be interested in returning to study after a break and there are short and long term options to suit your personal needs. You may already have a childcare qualification and be looking for further study to improve your career options or just wish to take a course for personal development. Either way, there has never been a better time to pursue a career in childcare. For the full list of qualifications relevant for delivering the Early Years Stage please see https://www.education.gov.uk/eypqd/qualification-search There has recently been a qualifications review in Early Years so there may be changes to these qualifications in the future. Frequently Asked Questions: Where can I study? There are eight main providers of childcare qualifications in and around Brent: CODE Brent Adult & Community Education Service /3940 BACES Barnet College Barnet College of North West London Ealing, Hammersmith & West London College EHWLC FCL College (Pitman Training) FCL College Kensington and Chelsea College KCC College in London College of Professional Training Centre For Lifelong LCPT The Childcare company online courses online These eight colleges host a variety of childcare qualifications, both full and part time, at various locations in and around their boroughs. If you are interested in finding out more about a particular course you should contact the college directly. How much will a course cost me? Course fees depend on individual circumstances; you may be entitled to study a course without charge. You should contact course providers directly to find out what fees you may need to pay.

3 Financial Assistance If you are already in paid work in a Brent Private, Voluntary or Independent Setting you may be able to access partial funding from the Local Authority. Please contact Jane Stewart, Workforce Development and PVI Link Officer on for further information. Tax Credits Child tax credit for most families on incomes up to 50,000, or families with a baby under 1 year. Working Tax Credit for low income families with one parent working at least 16 hours per week Childcare element of Working Tax Credit for low income families with childcare costs and both parents working at least 16 hours per week You may be able to claim up to 70% of childcare costs up to 175 per week (up to ) for one child or 70% of costs up to 300 per week (up to 210) for two or more children through the childcare element of Working Tax Credit. You can claim childcare element Working Tax Credit if you and the partner you live with are working at least 16 hours per week. Work out what you can claim by visiting and clicking on Tax Credits. You can also call Funding Support What help is available for full-time students with children If you are a full-time student with children you may qualify for extra financial help on top of the standard student finance package. Depending on your circumstances, you may be able to get: the Childcare Grant (to help with childcare costs) the Parents' Learning Allowance (to help towards learning costs) Child Tax Credit For more information please contact: Helpline: Care to Learn (C2L) If you are under 20, C2L can assist you with the costs of registered childcare, and travelling expenses to and from the childcare provider. If you are starting or continuing a course in September you can claim up to 175 a week towards the cost of Ofsted registered childcare. Application forms are available from our Student Fund Administrators or you can call The Learner Support Helpline: or visit:

4 Childcare and related Courses CONTENTS ESOL Page 5 ENGLISH AND MATHS Page 6 FIRST AID / EMERGENCY AID Page 7 FOOD HYGIENE Page 7 APPRENTICESHIPS IN CHILDCARE Page 7 PREPARATION FOR CHILDCARE Page 7 CHILDCARE COURSES LEVEL 1. Page 8 CHILDCARE COURSES LEVEL 2. Page 9 CHILDCARE COURSES LEVEL 3. Page 9 &10 CHILDCARE COURSES FOUNDATION Page 10 DEGREE AND LEVEL 4 SUPPORTING TEACHING Page 11 PREPARING TO TEACH Page 11 TEACHING QUALIFICATION Page 11 ONLINE CHILDCARE COURSES Page 11

5 Please note that the Duration, Structure and Can lead to columns have may be blank where information was not received from the college. Please contact the college directly for these details. Course Name Content Duration Can lead to College code ESOL ESOL for childcare ESOL Entry Level 1 and Level 2 Esol Vocational Course options in childcare Esol and English Courses ESOL Skills for Life ESOL with Citizenship ESOL ESOL Skills For Life Level 1 Entry level 3 of English This course is for learners who want to go on to a career in childcare Based on assessment The college offers a range of Esol Courses. For furthers details please contact college Based on assessment For further details please contact college Based on assessment The college offers a range of Esol Courses. For furthers details please contact college The Skills for Life tests are designed for learners aged 14 plus whose home language is not English, who are living or trying to settle in England. For further details please contact the college For further information please contact the college ESOL classes are for residents and those seeking asylum in the UK who want to improve their English language skills, whether to study, find work or just communicate more confidently. Basic reading, writing and speaking. The course is designed for students whose home language is not English. English skills are developed through a diverse range of topics. 15 weeks Further training 1 Year Employment or any further training Short courses 8 hours a week Short courses Employment or any further training Spoken English Progress onto the next Course Level 2 Intermediate Baces Barnet FCL

6 Course Name Content Duration Can lead to College code English And Maths ESOL Skills For Life Level 2 English for speakers of other languages Proficiency in reading, writing This course is designed for students whose home language is not English. English skills are developed through a diverse range of topics, including: work, leisure and health. Based on assessment The college offers a range of Esol Courses. For furthers details please contact college Advanced Level 3 Employment or any further training Baces English Level 1, 2 and 3 English for all Levels For further details please to contact college Based on assessment If you wish develop your speaking, listening, reading, writing and study skills this course is for you. 15 weeks National certificate in literacy Short courses Further Training FCL Spoken English First language not English? Intensive Adults English Entry Level 2 and 3 English Level and 2 and 3 Maths Entry Level 1 & 2 Based on assessment For further information please contact the college Based on assessment Want to improve your literacy and numeracy skills? For students who want to improve their basic English and numeracy skills. These classes are for learners who want to improve their basic skills, whether to study, find work or just communicate more confidently. You will study communication, some of which will be delivered through information technology and numeracy. 6 GCSEs at grade C or above For further details please contact the college Based on assessment For further information please contact the college 8 hours a week progress onto the next Course Progress onto the next Course Baces

7 Course Name Content Duration Can lead to College code FIRST AID / EMERGENCY AID Paediatric First Aid First Aid for Early Years FOOD HYGIENE Food Hygiene Level This course meets the requirements set down by Ofsted for the Early Years Stage. It is suitable for anyone who has responsibility for children in schools, nurseries or at home. This course is suitable for all those who wish to work with children including parents, nannies and childminders. No previous knowledge required. Those who need to meet food handler training requirements. To prepare candidates for a Level (Basic) food hygiene examination APPRENTICESHIPS IN CHILDCARE Children and Young People s Workforce Levels 2 & 3 Children s Care, Learning and Development PREPARATION FOR CHILDCARE 4 GCSE grades A* to C These programmes are Government funded and there are no charges to apprentices or employers if you are For further information please contact college You ll gain an NVQ (National Vocational Qualification) which will help you develop the key skills needed for employment in your chosen industry. You ll be assessed in the workplace and by attending college for a day. 2 days The certificate awarded is valid for 3 years. BACES 4 week KCC 5 hours FCL 1 year CACHE Level 1 CACHE Level 2 There are no formal entry Award in Getting Started in a Pre-School Setting Newly appointed or unqualified staff in pre-school settings. You will learn the basic knowledge required to participate in a pre-school setting No formal entry People who wish to work as assistants in pre-schools, playgrounds or nurseries. FCL

8 Course Name CHILDCARE COURSES LEVEL 1 Content Duration Can lead to College code CACHE Level 1 Award in an Introduction to an Early Years This qualification will allow learners to gain an understanding of the provision of childcare available in an early years settings. It is an excellent foundation for progression to a career in childcare. Higher Lever BACES KCC FCL CACHE L1 Diploma in Caring for Children Caring for Children BTEC Certificate GCSEs grade This course is designed for students who are interested in learning about childcare. It may prepare you for progression to a recognised childcare qualification Entry Level qualification This course is for you if you would like to take the first step in learning to care for children. Work experience opportunities are available to eligible students. 1 year Level 2 Barnet 1 year Level 2 EHWLC Certificate in Caring for a Child/Children GCSE grades mainly E or better This course is for those who want to gain an understanding of the skills required to care for children. 1 year Further training CACHE Certificate in Caring for Children No formal entry need This certificate does not give you a qualification to work with children but is a step towards further education and training. You may progress onto the CACHE Award/Certificate/Diploma 1 Year Level 2 KCC LCPT Award in Caring for Children At least two weeks work experience with children This course is an introduction to childcare. It is not a licence to practice. The course gives both the theoretical understanding and practical workplace skills to prepare for a future course in Early Years. 1 Year Level 2

9 Course Name Content Duration Can lead to College code CHILDCARE COURSES LEVEL 2 CACHE L 2 Certificate for the Children and Young People s Workforce CACHE L 2 Certificate Caring for Children CACHE L 2 Award, Certificate, Diploma in Childcare & Education No formal Entry required The Certificate will guide and assess development of knowledge and skills relating to Early Learning and Childcare workforces. Where appropriate, it also confirms competence in these areas and serves as the required qualification for all new practitioners for registration and regulatory requirements in the sector. 2 GCSEs grade C/D This course will develop a basic understanding of childcare and child development and looking for a course that will train you to work in a supervised role, in child care employment as an assistant, then this is the perfect programme for you. This one-year course leads to a well-respected and nationally-recognised Level 2 working qualification. The course gives both the theoretical understanding and practical workplace skills to prepare students for safe, effective employment at assistant level in childcare settings. 1 Year Level 3 BACES EHWLC KCC, FCL LCPT Online 1 Year Level 3 Barnet Level 3 EHWLC CHILDCARE COURSES LEVEL 3 Diploma for the Children and Young Peoples Workforce CACHE L 3 Diploma in Childcare and Education Childcare Level 2 plus GCSE grace C This qualification will help you in gaining employment caring for children. It will equip you with the skills needed for career opportunities such as a senior nursery worker, nanny, nursery supervisor, teaching assistant or nursery manager. 5 GCSE's at grade or above You will learn about children at different stages in their growth and development. You will also learn how to care for and educate children and how to work with parents, carers and other professionals in this field. The course offers the underpinning knowledge to gain a level 3 qualification. 2 Year Level 4 or Degree course, 1 Year Higher Education KCC FCL LCPT online Barnet

10 Course Name CHILDCARE COURSES LEVEL 3 Early Years Diploma Level 3 CACHE Certificate, Diploma in Childcare & Education Content Duration Can lead to College code 4 to 5 GCSEs at grade A* to c This course is for you if you are interested in working with children and their families in pre-school or playgroups. Work experience opportunities are available to eligible students. to 5 GCSEs at grade A* to c This 2 years course gives both the theoretical understanding and practical workplace skills to prepare students for safe, effective employment with children. CHILDCARE COURSES FOUNDATION DEGREE & LEVEL 4 2 Years Degree or Employm ent Higher Education or Employment EHWLC Early Childhood Studies Degree Degree in Early Years Level 3 relevant qualification For further detail please contact the college This Degree is awarded by LSBU and is designed for people working in Early Years settings who want to gain a higher qualification whilst still working. The entry requirement includes two years post Level 3 experience 2 years Childhood Studies or BA Hons Education Studies 2 Years Further study Barnet KCC Degree in working with Children and young people Degree in Early Years Practice For further information please contact the college Open University, Tel: Further study Early Years Leadership

11 Course Name Content Duration Can lead to College code SUPPORTING TEACHING Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools This is course for those who is already working with children in school, mainly under supervision or those who wish to take up the role. 36 hours a week KCC Online Level 2 Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools Level 3 Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools The qualification is suitable for people working in roles that support pupils learning including teaching assistants, learning support assistants and special needs assistants. The level 3 Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools is suitable for people working in senior roles in primary, secondary or special schools. Prospective students will need at least 6 months experience working in a senior role in school. 1 Year Level 3 Online Further study PREPARING TO TEACH Preparing to teach in the Lifelong The college offers a range of Courses. For furthers details please contact college Further study KCC Healthcare Play Level 4 Degree will build on your skills and knowledge from prior experience of working with children and young people, and your previous training at Level 3 as a practitioner in Child Care or a related field such as Play work. 2 Years Part time

12 About the colleges Brent Adult and Community Education Service, Stonebridge Centre, 1 Morland Gardens, NW10 8DY Brent Adult & Community Education Service (BACES) offer a range of childcare courses from an introductory to professional level. Additional Learning Support If you are a Brent resident, BACES can provide you with information and support to help you to make the right career decisions choose the learning opportunities which are right for you and progress in education and into employment. The service offers free, confidential, impartial and up-to-date advice. Call the Guidance Hotline on or visit College of North West London, Dudden Hill Lane, NW10 2XD The college offers a number of different courses enabling you to work in schools and nurseries.. All the courses offered are nationally recognised and are part of the government s new qualification framework. You will be taught by highly skilled staff with a wide range of experience in early years education and care. If you think you will find it difficult to study in English, the college also runs English tuition alongside your chosen programme of study. Advice and guidance The Course Information Centres based at the college can give you free advice about all aspects of your studies and can help you to choose your next step. You can talk to them about choosing the right course, career or training scheme. If you wish to apply to university or find a job, then they can help you at each stage of the process. They can also give you advice on how to finance your studies, travel and child care. The service is located at all three centres and you can drop in for advice. Flexible ways to study You can study during the day for one to five days a week, in the evenings, on Saturdays or by using one of our drop-in workshops. The length of your course can vary from 10 to 72 weeks it depends on the level of study and your experience. Support for those with learning difficulties The college supports a range of learning difficulties and disabilities for example, physical disabilities, visual difficulties, mental health issues, Aspergers, dyslexia and medical issues. The College has trained staff to support you. Please contact Learning Support on A diverse college The college respects the diverse cultural and religious traditions of all its students. To help those groups who require special provision the college will attempt to provide appropriate facilities. For further information please contact the college on or visit

13 Pitman Training FCL College Ltd, Sive Kumar, Hazel House, 1-3 Lancelot Road, HA0 2AJ Who uses FCL TRAINING? There are no barriers to learning new skills: People looking to create their own career opportunities by achieving pitman Diplomas in their chose subjects School and University leavers and family having to return to work. For further information please contact Pitman Training on Barnet College, Graseby House, High Street, Barnet, EN5 5UJ (opposite police station) At Barnet College you can choose from a wide range of qualifications from foundation to advanced and even through to higher education. It is important to make the right choices. If you need help choosing your course, you can arrange personal guidance. Additional Learning Support If you have a disability or learning difficulty, or need to improve your basic skills, you may need additional support to succeed. Our staff in the learning support team can discuss what extra help may be available for you. English for speakers of other languages The college offers range of full time and part time English language courses form beginners to advanced level students. Childcare and Early Years Education Barnet College offers a wide range of courses that are suited to learners wishing to work in childcare and the development children s skills and education. It is important for you to think carefully and realistically about why you want a career in this difficult but rewarding area. You will require satisfactory interviews and reference. You must also provide a Health and Criminal Records Bureau check. The College childcare courses will prepare you for general employment in a variety of childcare and education settings. For further information please contact the College on or visit Ealing, Hammersmith and West London College, Gliddon Road, Barons Court, W14 9BL Advice and guidance Advice and guidance is available on course choices at information centres located at each of their four college sites. There is a drop-in service to assist you with your enquiries. Care and Early Years The college develops students academic and professional skills within their chosen area, be it health care or early years. The Care and Early Years Department offers a range of academic and vocational qualifications that will provide you with the necessary skills to begin work or to progress within the health and care industry. Additional Learning Support The college offers extra support in order to help you learn and achieve your chosen qualification. For further information please contact the College on or visit

14 college, Weald Campus, Brookshill, Weald, Middlesex, HA3 6RR Careers and Higher Education Advice At College all students have access to the Careers Department for help and specialist advice. Supported Learning The College has a very positive attitude to students who need support. Their Learning Support Team offers help to students with learning difficulties, physical disabilities, literacy/numeracy problems, or medical problems. They also offer support if English is your second or other language. For further information please contact the College on or visit Kensington and Chelsea College, Hortensia Centre, Hortensia Road, SW10 0Qs Wide range of courses at several locations, some of which are close to the Brent borders. Support for those with learning difficulties The college has a range of resources to support you in your studies, including staff (support worker etc), facilities electronic note taking audio equipment, scanners) and building facilities. For further information please contact the College on or visit Adult College, Elm Park,, Middlesex, HA7 4BQ West London Early Years Centre of Vocational Excellence at College provides a wide range of training for your career in the Early Years and Care sectors. Advice and guidance Some courses require an initial assessment to make sure you are enrolling on the right course at the right level. This is a simple on-screen or paper-based exercise which takes about 20 minutes and is designed to check levels of English and/or numeracy. These initial assessments can be done on the above dates. Following this you will be given advice and guidance about which course is appropriate for you. To comply with the Children Act 1989, a satisfactory Police Report will be required for all work placements. If you do not have a current police check, you can apply for one from the College for 40. A criminal record will not necessarily be a bar to obtaining a place on an Early Years course. Our policy on the recruitment of ex-offenders can be viewed upon request. Supported Learning For learning support speak to the college directly. If English isn t your first language If you want to improve your English language skills, take a look at ESOL courses. For further information please contact the College on or visit Online training Course content incorporates the EYFS and is delivered online The Childcare company Tel: The London College of Professional Training Limited Tel:

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