The Certificate for the Children & Young People’s Workforce (QCF) - Level 2 Course is designed for students who are wanting to work in the child care sector in a supervised capacity. Anyone wishing to embark on a career in child care will benefit and it provides a starting point to the formal qualifications required to work in the sector. It provides an ideal route into a career in child care and results in a fully recognised qualification which enables students to work competently in a supervised capacity.

On successful completion students will receive the Children and Young People’s Workforce level 2 Certificate Qualification with 35 credits issued.

The aims of this course are to allow students to develop:

  • An understanding of the role of learning and development in child care settings, and the legislative context within which child carers operate.

  • An understanding of the personal and interpersonal skills required of a child carer at this level.

  • An understanding of early education framework.

Work Placement Requirements: Because this is a competence based qualification, students will need to have a placement in a child care setting in which to gather evidence of skills and learning, and you will need to nominate a workplace supervisor who will oversee your practical evidence gathering. The nominated person could be someone with a management qualification or anyone with a level 3 childcare qualification who is licensed to work unsupervised in a nursery. It is recommended that students have a work placement for the duration of their studies. This could be a full time position or a voluntary position of 1 or 2 mornings, afternoons or days per week.

People intending to gain the level 3 Early Years Educator qualification will find this an ideal first step which introduces the format of knowledge and competence based qualifications before embarking on the longer and more demanding level 3 course over 2 years.

The course covers the following mandatory units:-

  • Unit 1: H/601/3305 - Child and young person development (2 Credits)

This unit aims to develop knowledge and understanding of child and young person development and the factors, including transitions, which may affect development.

  • Unit 2: Y/601/3236 - Contribute to the support of child and young person development (3 Credits)

The aim of this unit is for the learner to apply their knowledge and understanding in order to support child and young person development. The unit also includes support to children and young people experiencing transitions and positive behaviour support.

  • Unit 3: K/601/3323 - Safeguarding the welfare of children and young people (3 Credits)

This unit provides the knowledge and understanding required for safeguarding the welfare of children and young people.

  • Unit 4: J/601/3491 - Contribute to Children and Young People’s Health and Safety (3 Credits)

To provide learners with the knowledge and skills to contribute to supporting children and young people’s health and safety.

  • Unit 5: H/601/3496 - Contribute to the Support of Positive Environments for Children and Young People (3 Credits)

The purpose of this unit is to develop the learners understanding of why a positive environment is important to the individual needs of children and young people and the skills required to support this.

  • Unit 6: M/601/3498 - Understand Partnership Working in Services for Children and Young People (2 Credits)

This unit provides knowledge and understanding of the importance of partnership working and effective communication.

  • Unit 7: T/601/7407 - Support children and young people’s positive behaviour (2 Credits)

This unit provides the knowledge, understanding and skills required to support children and young people’s positive behaviour. It requires demonstration of competence in supporting positive behaviour and responding to inappropriate behaviour.

  • Unit 8: F/601/5465 - Introduction to communication in health, social care or children’s and young people’s settings - (3 Credits)

This unit is aimed at those who work in health or social care settings or with children or young people in a wide range of settings. The unit introduces the central importance of communication with a range of people in such settings, and ways to reduce barriers to communication. It also addresses the issue of confidentiality.

  • Unit 9: L/601/5471 - Introduction to personal development in health, social care or children’s and young people’s settings (3 Credits)

This unit is aimed at those who work in health or social care settings or with children or young people in a wide range of settings. The unit introduces the concepts of personal development and reflective practice which are fundamental to such roles, and ways to implement these.

  • Unit 10: R/601/5471 - Introduction to equality and inclusion in health, social care or children’s and young people’s settings (2 Credits)

This unit is aimed at those who work in health or social care settings or with children or young people in a wide range of settings. The unit introduces the concepts of equality, diversity and inclusion which are fundamental to such roles specified.

  • Unit 11: D/601/7403 - Maintain and support relationships with children and young people (3 Credits)

This unit covers the competence required to maintain and support relationships with children and young people. It requires demonstration of competence in communicating with children and young people, developing and maintaining relationships with children and young people, and supporting relationships between children and young people and others in the work setting.

The full qualification has available unit options and the Certificate for the Children & Young People’s Workforce Course covers the following units:

  • Unit 12: L/601/1693 - Understand Child & Young Person’s Development (4 Credits)

This unit provides knowledge and understanding of how children and young people from birth to 19 years develop, including underpinning theoretical perspectives. It also includes actions taken when differences in development are identified and the potential effects of transitions on children and young people’s development.

  • Unit 13: D/601/1696 - Support Children & Young People’s Health & Safety - (2 Credits)

This unit provides the knowledge, understanding and skills required to support children and young people’s health and safety. It requires a demonstration of competence in recognising hazards and undertaking risk assessments in the work setting.

Prerequisites:

There are no particular entry requirements to start studying although students do require a suitable work placement in order to complete their coursework.

Course Duration & Support:

Students may register at any time and have a full year to complete their studies. You also have access to a personal tutor by mail or email for a 12 month period. As the course is self study you can complete in as little or as long a time as you prefer.

Assessment:

Each of the units requires students to provide relevant coursework to make up there complete portfolio. The portfolio will consist of a mixture of knowledge based tasks requiring text based / essay style answers, and evidence of practical skills which include witness statements, observations and discussion records based on your workplace experience. The practical aspects will need to be overseen by a nominated workplace supervisor from a placement setting.

Qualification:

NCFEOn successful completion of this course students will receive a Children & Young People’s Workforce - Level 2 Certificate Qualification by NCFE.

This qualification has been accredited on the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF Qual. No: 601/3510/4) and has 35 Credits.

You can find further information on qualifications and their levels on the Ofqual Qualification & Credit Framework level descriptors page.

NCFE is recognised as an Awarding Organisation by the qualification regulators for England, Wales and Northern Ireland, who are: the Office of the Qualifications and Examinations Regulator (Ofqual) in England, the Welsh Government, and the Council for Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment (CCEA) in Northern Ireland. This is a competence based qualification suitable for all people seeking a first qualification in child care, providing confirmation of competence to work in a supervised capacity. The course has been developed by Kendal Publishing who have undergone an external quality check to ensure that the organisation and the courses it offers, meet certain quality criteria.

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