Welcome to the Childcare & Education Level 3 Resources & Practice Tasks Page
Click on the link below for the Childcare & Education Level 3 course leaflet to gain information on entry requirements, course content, facilities and enrichment opportunities.
Welcome to the resources to help prepare you for further study on our Level 3 Childcare and Education course at Riverside College.
We are very much looking forward to seeing you at enrolment and for you to start the course with us in September.
The course covers many different areas that are important when working with babies and young children and in Year 1 you will learn about the following topics:
- Child development from conception to seven years
- Children’s health and well-being
- Providing safe environments for children
- Child health
- Play and learning
- Understanding children’s additional needs
- Observation, assessment and planning
- Professional Practice Portfolio 1 – this unit supports the skills that you’ll need whilst in placement
Visits: Visits: Your experience in college is not always in the classroom – We arrange many other activities that can take place out of the classroom and as soon as we can get back to them you will be able to visit a number of different places such as: visiting a Forest School to see how children learn outside of the setting, trips to Chester Zoo or Alton Towers. (These trips do change yearly).
Our Nursery Room: We are also very lucky at Riverside College as we have our own Nursery room where you will take part in practical tasks such as nappy changing, bathing ‘babies’ and looking after our VIRTUAL BABIES to support your learning.
Paediatric First Aid: All our Level 3 Learners undertake the BTEC Level 3 Award in Paediatric First Aid, which is necessary when working with children. Not only is the course informative, we have a lot of fun too!
Look at our Level 3’s performing some first aid procedures on our state-of-the-art equipment:
Guest Speakers: Over the year you will also have the opportunity to hear from guest speakers, talking about their experience of working with children and how you can look after your own health and well-being. Not only are these sessions great for you to develop understanding of various job roles working with children, they are also really useful for you understanding children’s (and your own!) well-being
The guest speakers come from a range of children’s services such as:
- Chatterbug -Halton’s Speech and Language Therapy for children.
- Nursery Practitioners (EYP’s)
- Teaching Assistants
- Nursery Teachers
Student Voice: Sometimes it is nice to hear about our student’s experience of the course. The following students are Finishing Year 2 in September.
- Alanah said: ‘I have enjoyed being taught about safeguarding children as it lets you know to recognise signs and symptoms of abuse and how to keep children safe within a setting. This is useful to know and can change lives I suppose
I also like the structured learning environment we have in college.’
- Maizy said: ‘I have liked learning about child health and what to do in the setting when the child needs medical attention. I have learnt about the different vaccines children need to have.
I like the placement because I like to do activities with the children.’
- Katy said: ‘I have enjoyed meeting everyone on the course from level 2- level 3. I have learnt about how to treat everyone equally and being kind and helpful to everyone in college and placement. I have enjoyed meeting new people and I love how kind everyone is in my placement. I have gained new experiences and grown everyday I’m in placement.’
- Emma said: ‘I have enjoyed learning about how play impacts on children’s development.
In placement, I have enjoyed interacting with the children and members of staff to improve my knowledge and skills.’
- Ellie said: ‘I liked learning about the observations and how each one is useful for different situations and in placement I enjoyed learning how the teachers can make an activity link with something children will enjoy or need to improve on.’
- Holly said: ‘I have enjoyed learning about how play deprivation effects children’s development as it taught me so much.
In placement I have enjoyed learning things through experience and seeing how practitioners plan different activities and how they deal with different situations.’
Placement: This is the exciting part; this is where you will be learning about the profession you are aiming to work within. Here you will attend an early years setting for two days week.
You will develop your confidence, knowledge and skills, as well as becoming part of the setting’s team. This part of the course is very important. Here you will take part in activities, such as:
- Observing children
- Assessing stage of development
- Planning and carrying out activities for children
- Supporting children’s learning
- Taking part in outdoor play
- Supporting the children’s health and well-being
For any questions relating to the Level 3 Early Years course, please contact Anne Marie Woodward: email@example.com
In these preparation resources, you will be completing some tasks to provide you with a wider understanding of the topics that you will study with us.
Complete the following tasks:
It is important for you to understand how a child will learn and develop so you are able to provide the children with opportunities. You will become familiar with the 2 documents EYPs use, which are called:
- The Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage 2017
- The Development Matters in the Early Years Foundation Stage 2012
Both documents tell you how you can support children’s development and the areas that children’s development is divided into.
See if you can research to find out the following areas of development. I have given you the first letter for each area, I am sure some of you will have done this in either Health and Social Care or Childcare at school.
On our course we call it P I L E S – what does the L stand for?
In the EYFS, there 7 different areas of children’s learning and development, which allow EYPs to plan activities and opportunities that support the children’s learning. These areas are:
- Communication and language development
- Physical development
- Personal, social, and emotional development
- Literacy development
- Expressive arts and design
- Understanding the world
Now you know the areas of development that you will be planning for whilst in your placement, you can get your creative hat on and create a fun game for children to play.
This can be any game.
- A name for your game
- Create the rules
- Say what age the game is for
- Try and say what areas of development your game will support for children’s learning, for example it may be physical because it involves the children running.
Supporting transitions – the roles and responsibilities of the Early Years Practitioner (Soon to be you!)
There are many roles and responsibilities for EYPs – it is not just planning activities and playing games.
You will give children emotional support.
One of the times you might support children’s emotional well-being is during transitions. This is where the child will experience a change in their life – but what are transitions?
- Write down 4 transitions that children might experience
To support children through these changes, we will provide activities to help them prepare and deal with the transitions in a calm and positive way.
One activity can be reading a story to the child about the transition they may be due to experience. This is known as a planned transition – this is when you know in advance about the change that is going to take place, such as moving to a new house or going to a new school.
It’s time to get creative:
For your task, you are going to create your own story for children who may be experiencing a planned transition.
- You can do this on paper, a word document, PowerPoint or any other creative way you can think of.
- You can choose the age of the child, for example they could be 2-3 years, 4-5 years.
- You will then need to choose your transition the book is going to be focused on, this might be starting school, moving to a new house or having a new baby in the family.
- Think about books you used to read when you were small, you may still have children’s books at home – have a look at these for ideas or complete some research online for further examples.
- Make the book fun and enjoyable for the child.
- Remember, children like colour and images in their books.
As a student in placement, it is important that you are professional – read the case study about Mel and then answer the questions below.
Mel is studying towards the Level 3 Childcare and Education qualification. At placement the following behaviour has been noticed:
- Mel is often a few minutes late and leaves early whenever possible.
- Mel was overheard using inappropriate language with a friend near the children
- Mel often demonstrates ‘negative’ body language, and whilst this may be anxiety it does not give a good impression
- Mel does not encourage children through communication, and will often wait for children to approach before having a conversation.
Answer the following:
- Is Mel’s behaviour professional?
- What concerns do you have about Mel’s professional standards?
- What impact could Mel’s behaviour have on the children?
- How could the setting and Mel work together to encourage professional standards?
Have a look for 3 nursery settings near your home. Find out the name and contact details.
You can use these to give to the placement officers when we are finding your placement setting.
- Name of nursery
- Contact details (phone number and email address)
Finally, think about the reasons you are considering studying the Level 3 Childcare and Education course?
Give reasons, e.g., if you want to be a nursery practitioner or teacher – why do you want to be a nursery practitioner or teacher? What inspired you? etc.