Children and Young People's Workforce - Level 3 Diploma (CACHE)
Qualification Obtained: Diploma for the Children and Young People's Workforce (England) (QCF)
This qualiﬁcation provides an in-depth understanding of the knowledge and skills required when working directly with children aged 5 – 19 years.
This course is designed specifically for adult learners who are either already working or are able to volunteer in a children’s social care environment. It will support you to gain employment and/or further your career working with children aged 5 – 19 years an/or working with families.
Within this course, not only will you gain a Level 3 Diploma for the Children and Young People’s Workforce you will also gain a wide variety of skills that will support you in your career. You will acquire a bank of knowledge relevant to your role and also learn a range of strategies surrounding communication, behaviour management, team work, management and leadership. You will be supported to develop you own learning strategies, including computer literacy, academic literacy and referencing skills - all of which will then support you should you wish to progress into Higher Education and degree courses.
All classes are taught by specialist tutors with a wealth of experience in the sector. All tutors engage in regular updating of skills within the industry and research to ensure currency of practice and information.
The part time programme design means that our provision is ideal for adults wishing to embark on a career change but who have other employment or family commitments. The choice of class times is designed to accommodate family life.
The College offers excellent progression opportunities into Higher Education and relevant Foundation Degree programmes which are in turn endorsed by local providers who are keen to encourage employees to further their knowledge and academic journey.
Course Entry Requirements
In order to access this course the following entry requirements must be met:
Written confirmation from a suitable placement that they are willing to provide you with a placement on a weekly basis for the full duration of the course.
Career Options and Progression
With this qualification you will meet be able work within the children and families sector in a variety of roles. This could include working in children’s centres, youth groups, social care and schools. This could include working with children with a range of special educational needs, behavioural and emotional difficulties and supporting families within the community.
Following on from this qualification, learners will have the opportunity to progress onto a Foundation Degree either in Family Support and Well Being or Health and Social Care. Both of these involve attending College 1 day a week for 2 years.
Modules and Assessment
As part of this course you will study a range of modules including:
- SHC 31: Promote communication in health, social care or children’s and young people’s settings
- SHC 32: Engage in personal development in health, social care or children’s and young people’s settings
- SHC 33: Promote equality and inclusion in health, social care or children’s and young people’s settings
- SHC 34: Principles for implementing duty of care in health, social care or children’s and young people’s settings
- CYP Core 3.1: Understand child and young person development
- CYP Core 3.2: Promote child and young person development
- CYP Core 3.3: Understand how to safeguard the well-being of children and young people
- CYP Core 3.4: Support children and young people’s health and safety
- CYP Core 3.5: Develop positive relationships with children, young people and others involved in their care
- CYP Core 3.6: Working together for the benefit of children and young people
- CYP Core 3.7: Understand how to support positive outcomes for children and young people
- SCMP 1: Assessment and planning with children and young people
- SCMP 2: Promote the well-being and resilience of children and young people
SCMP 3: Professional practice in children and young people’s social care
In order to gain your qualification you will be required to build a Portfolio of evidence. This may include completion of written tasks, posters, leaflets and training materials. You will be required to draw on work products such as nursery policies and guidelines. You will be required to prepare to use within your placement that will then be observed by your assessor.
Teaching and Learning Methods
You will attend College for a 3 hour session each week (6 pm – 9 pm) on Thursdays during term time from September 2016 until Dec 2017. These sessions will include group delivery and group activities and discussions with 1-1 support also provided. You will be assigned a group tutor who will support you in the collation of your written evidence and an assessor who will attend your placement and assess your competence in the workplace. It is anticipated that your assessor will conduct a minimum of 3 workplace assessments and that you will also undergo professional discussions with your assessor.
Work Placement and Field Trips
Learners are required to source their own placement prior to enrolment. This will need to be confirmed in writing at the time of enrolment. Placement commitment should be for at least 6 hours a week for the full duration of the course. Once a placement is sourced it is essential that you work with the setting to ensure that the DBS application (criminal records check) is processed with your placement as soon as possible.
All staff involved in the delivery of adult education courses within the College are approved to teach the subjects and modules they deliver. The approval process ensures that staff delivering a given programme are appropriately qualified and, where appropriate, possess relevant vocational and industrial experience and professional practice.
There are no other costs associated with this course.
There is no specific equipment required to complete this qualification although there is a requirement to have a weekly placement for 1 day a week or equivalent for the duration of the course.
The recommended text for the course is Level 3 Diploma Children and Young People's Workforce (Early Learning and Childcare) Candidate Handbook by Penny Tassoni (2010)
Regulation and Accreditation
This qualification is a QCF (Qualifications and Credits Framework) qualification. This accreditation means that it is recognised nationally as meeting relevant and appropriate standards.
Terms and Conditions
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