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Certificate in an Introduction to Early Years Education and Care - Full Time

EY2FE001 

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16-18 Students (Age at 31st August)

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19-23 Students (Age at 31st August)

  • Students studying their first level 2 course
  • Students studying their first level 3 course (Some level 3 courses are not included, so please check with Student Services)
  • Unemployed, looking for work and on an acceptable benefit studying a level 1 or 2 course (see list of benefits below)

24+ Students (Age at 31st August)

  • Unemployed, looking for work and on an acceptable benefit studying a level 1 course (see list of benefits below)
  • Unemployed, looking for work and on an acceptable benefit studying a level 2 course (see list of benefits below)

Apprenticeships

  • Apprenticeships are free of charge for the learner (you are actually paid a salary!)
  • There is no upper age restriction to enrol onto an Apprenticeship programme, so long as you are 16+ years old.
  • Working hours are usually between 30-40 hours per week which includes your release to College.
  • There may be a fee for the employer willing to support you, but this depends on a few factors.

Please contact 01530 519 001 or apprenticeships@stephensoncoll.ac.uk if you have any further questions regarding an Apprenticeship programme.

List of benefits

  • Jobseeker's Allowance
  • ESA (WRAG) (Work Related Activity Group)
  • Universal Credit (Must be unemployed and required to undertake skills training)
  • Wider Benefits – see list below

Wider benefits that are acceptable

In all cases the learner must:

  • Be unemployed (i.e. not in any paid employment)
  • Want to enter employment but need skills training to do so
  • Sign the waiver agreement confirming the above
  • Show current proof of the benefit

Attendance Allowance

Bereavement Allowance

Child Benefit

Child Tax Credit

Child's Special Allowance

Council Tax Benefit, administered by local authorities

Disability Living Allowance [Being replaced by Personal Independent Payments] (If paid to learner)

Graduated retirement benefit

Guardian's Allowance

Housing Benefit, administered by local authorities

Income Support

Pensions payable under the Industrial Death Benefit scheme

Reduced Earnings Allowance, see industrial disablement benefit above

Retirement Allowance, see industrial disablement benefit above

War Widow's pension

Widow’s pension

Widowed Parent's Allowance

Working Tax Credit. (If paid to spouse, not the learner)



Reference: Funding Rules Version 2020-21




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Course Overview
This Level 2 programme is designed to give you the knowledge and skills to become a Level 2 Early Years Practitioner in the workforce. Working with and having knowledge of children 0-5 years. The learning experience will be reflective of the current structure of the childcare sector. Work place experiences will be gained during the course.

What Qualifications Or Experience Do I Need?
Ideally you will need a grade 3/4 in English and 3 other GCSEs at Grade 3 or above or a childcare or HSC GCSE. You may need two placements due to the need of being assessed and completing activities with babies under the age of 2 years.

How Long Is The Course?
1 Year

What Will I Learn?
During the course you will learn about child development, child observation, safeguarding and play. You will also gain knowledge on the legal framework in which early years settings must operate. You will be required to complete 300 hours of experience within childcare settings this is a compulsory requirement of this qualification. Depending on your previous qualifications in Maths and English you may be timetabled to complete these subjects as part of your study programme.

How Will I Learn?
Vocational and professional qualifications are taught through college based theory and practical lessons with further learning and understanding developed via directed self-study. You will also be assessed in placement to show your competencies.

How Will I Be Assessed?
Assessments consists of internally set coursework , tasks and observations.

Where Could This Course Lead To?
Students generally progress onto the level 3 EYE course - HSC level 2/3 or STL level 2/3 or move into full-time employment. Typical areas of employment include working in nursery or playgroup.

Attendance Mode
Full Time

Course Type
Full Time & Part Time

Subject Area
EY