Formerly City College Brighton and Hove and Northbrook College

Childcare - Level 2

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Course Code: FE0093-1C Course Type: 16+ college (full-time) Campus: East Brighton Campus Start Date: September 2019 Duration: 1 Year Qualification: CACHE Certificate in an Introduction to Early Years Education and Care Level 2 Awarding Body: CACHE

Course aims

Studying early years at the MET will equip you with the skills, confidence and most importantly, the experience, to progress into employment or further your skills through study.

You will gain a qualification to work at assistant level with children aged 0-5 in a range of settings, as well as develop knowledge on how to work with children up to seven years.

The course offers a real mix of practical and academic work to prepare you to work in a childcare setting. If you have a genuine interest in working with young children, then this is the course for you.

The MET is proud to work within the local community and has established links all over Brighton with hospitals, schools, nurseries and care homes, where students will experience first-hand the child and social care sector. Regular placements with these institutions give our students the opportunity to work with professional future employers and gain the skills and confidence required for this challenging and rewarding industry. On campus, our students enjoy spacious and well-equipped classrooms and access to fantastic IT facilities.

Entry requirements

Start at this Level 2 course if you have at least three GCSEs at grade 3 (D/E) or above, including English and maths.

If you do not have these grades, we have options for you. You can start on the Pathways course in Care.

Entry requirements

Course units

  • Support physical care routines for children 
  • Supporting children’s play
  • Creative play
  • Safe environments
  • Child development
  • Observation, assessment and planning
  • Health lifestyles
  • Legislation
  • Partnership working

Why the MET?

This course offers high levels of progression to employment and apprenticeships. 

You will benefit from high-quality work placement opportunities in a range of settings, experiencing multiple aspects of early years. 

Hear from inspirational guest speakers and experience industry related trips and visits. 

Our industry-experienced teaching staff are passionate about their areas of expertise and are committed to helping you to attain your learning goals and meet your personal aims.

Work experience

We have excellent links and partnerships with local employers to ensure we can place you in a suitable setting that fits your needs and career aspirations. 

You will develop work-related skills, knowledge and understanding as well as experience employment within the childcare sector.

Brighton MET is keen to offer our students work experience placements, particularly with the increasing importance for students to complete placements as part of their study programmes across all industry areas.

This is an exciting opportunity for employers and students alike to gain something valuable with long term benefits for the business and for students.

What's next?

Upon completion, you can continue on to the Level 3 Certificate in Childcare and Education (EYE) or go on to do a Level 3 apprenticeship. 

  • 40% of students go on to the Level 3 Certificate 
  • 40% go on to to work and study for their Level 3 apprenticeship in Childcare
  • 20% go on to study other subjects

Future careers include:

  • Nursery worker 
  • Nanny
  • Nursery nurse
  • Teaching assistant
  • Primary school teacher
  • Social worker
  • Children's holiday rep 

Additional costs

You will have to purchase a t-shirt for your placement uniform costing £10 and it is advised you purchase a textbook costing £25. 

Some financial help may be available.

Additional costs
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Potential Careers

Primary or nursery education teaching professional

Typical Tasks:

  • Prepares and delivers courses and lessons in accordance with curriculum requirements and teaches a range of subjects.
  • Prepares, assigns and corrects exercises and examinations to record and evaluate students.
  • Prepares students for external examinations and administers and invigilates these examinations.
  • Maintains records of students' progress and development.
  • Supervises students and maintains classroom discipline.
  • Teaches simple songs and rhymes, reads stories and organises various activities to promote language, social and physical development.
  • Undertakes pastoral duties.
  • Supervises teaching assistants and trainees.
  • Discusses progress with student, parents and/or other education professionals.
  • Assists with or plans and develops curriculum and rota of teaching duties.
This data is from EMSI and applies to London and the South East, and it does not account for self-employment.

Industry Insights

Available opportunities -2.8% Rise in employment is expected by 2020 in the South East.
Salaries

ENTRY £25,019

AVERAGE £40,346

POTENTIAL £59,105

Desired Skills:
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Speaking
  • Active Learning
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Critical Thinking
  • Mathematics
  • Science

Special needs education teaching professional

Typical Tasks:

  • Creates a safe, stimulating and supportive learning environment for students.
  • Assesses students' abilities, identifies students' needs and devises curriculum and rota of teaching duties accordingly.
  • Gives instruction, using techniques appropriate to the student.
  • Develops and adapts conventional teaching methods to meet the individual student.
  • Encourages the student to develop self-help skills to circumvent the limitations imposed by their disability.
  • Prepares, assigns and corrects exercises to record and evaluate students progress.
  • Supervises students in classroom and maintains discipline.
  • Liaises with other professionals, such as social workers, speech and language therapists and educational psychologists.
  • Updates and maintains students' records to monitor development and progress.
  • Discusses students' progress with parents and other teaching professionals.
This data is from EMSI and applies to London and the South East, and it does not account for self-employment.

Industry Insights

Available opportunities 0.5% Rise in employment is expected by 2020 in the South East.
Salaries

ENTRY £22,932

AVERAGE £39,468

POTENTIAL £59,417

Desired Skills:
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Active Listening
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Speaking
  • Writing
  • Active Learning
  • Critical Thinking
  • Mathematics
  • Science

Nursery nurse or assistant

Typical Tasks:

  • Bathes, dresses, prepares food for and feeds babies, changes babies clothing whenever necessary.
  • Supervises young children at mealtimes.
  • Plans and organises games and other activities and supervises children.
  • Reads stories, organises counting games to help develop language and number skills.
  • Writes reports on children's development and maintains awareness of health and safety issues.
  • Communicates with parents and colleagues on children.
This data is from EMSI and applies to London and the South East, and it does not account for self-employment.

Industry Insights

Available opportunities 2.3% Rise in employment is expected by 2020 in the South East.
Salaries

ENTRY £13,377

AVERAGE £15,425

POTENTIAL £21,255

Desired Skills:
  • Learning Strategies
  • Critical Thinking
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Monitoring
  • Writing
  • Active Listening
  • Speaking
  • Active Learning
  • Mathematics

Childminder or related occupation

Typical Tasks:

  • Assists children to wash and dress.
  • Changes babies' nappies and clothes as necessary and made up bottles.
  • Plans, prepares and serves children's meals and supervises children during meals.
  • Mends, washes and irons children's clothes and tidies their rooms.
  • Provides, supervises and participates in children's indoor and outdoor play activities to promote their development.
  • Takes children to participate in play groups or on appropriate outings.
  • Takes older children to and from school.
  • Maintains appropriate records of children's development.
  • Complies with regulations set by OFSTED and their inspection requirements.
This data is from EMSI and applies to London and the South East, and it does not account for self-employment.

Industry Insights

Available opportunities 0.2% Rise in employment is expected by 2020 in the South East.
Salaries

ENTRY £13,884

AVERAGE £16,926

POTENTIAL £23,439

Desired Skills:
  • Active Listening
  • Speaking
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Critical Thinking
  • Learning Strategies
  • Writing
  • Active Learning
  • Monitoring
  • Mathematics
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