Subject Intent: Why Childcare?

Government changes and the early years funding entitlement for two year olds aims has led to an increased demand for early year’s practitioners, teaching assistants and teachers. The CACHE course helps to prepare students for a number of career pathways including teaching, social work and working in nurseries, the course ensures that learners graduate as confident and skilful childcare practitioners.  Students are provided with an appropriate range of opportunities and experiences that inspire them and help successful transition into the next stage of education, training or employment. Studying the Childcare curriculum enables students to enter the workforce as early years educators, or access higher education. It provides students with knowledge of children from birth to seven years and gives them the opportunity to enter the work place as early years educators. 

What will I study?

There are seven units to complete in the first year, from child development to observation, assessment and planning.  In second year, you will study a number of units such as international perspectives, emergent literacy and mathematics. Unit 16 is a professional practice portfolio which offers students their licence to practice.  At the end of both years, students have an external assessment. 


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What are lessons like in this subject?

Studying Early Years Childcare is a little different. Students have a week in placement and a week in college. Students visit a forest school session, go on a trip to Eureka and visit local early years attractions. The course is challenging and very rewarding. At the end students have a licence to practice. Lessons are engaging and very interactive. Students learn how to plan activities and make resources ready for early years teaching. Students deliver presentations and carry out lots of role-plays in lessons. 

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The teachers are always working with us to form the best strategies to support us to get the best experiences and grades possible. This course has allowed me to expand my experiences by going on placement, meeting new people and broadening my knowledge first hand.

Serenna Sullivan, De Lacy Academy

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