Course overview

This introductory course is for anyone who wants to develop a basic knowledge of working with children up to the age of 5 in early years’ settings such as nurseries or pre-schools. You will understand the importance of communication and will gain confidence in applying skills and techniques that will engage children in their personal development. You will study activities that can stimulate children's growth and learning development in their early years. You will increase your confidence in caring for children in early years’ settings. To progress on to an accredited Early Years’ Course at the WEA, or other courses.

Course description

On this course, you will learn about the importance of play, the roles and responsibilities of carers and volunteers, and the importance of links with the local community. You will be provided with the basic core and interpersonal knowledge and skills required for working in a childcare context. You will also be engaged in the learning process through creative and practical fun activities, group discussions, sharing previous knowledge and experiences, using a variety of resources and materials; in a safe and enriching environment. You will develop various techniques and strategies to communicate with children and adults to support confidence in them. You will explore how to plan for children's holistic development in early years’ settings, that will enhance children's development. You will work within a group; listen and share with others; and develop your progress throughout the course. Throughout the course you will understand the importance of working closely with parents to meet their children's care and developmental needs and develop the basic skills and knowledge to liaise closely You will be able to utilise the knowledge and skills gained throughout this course confidently and progress on to an accredited early years’ course or other provision with the WEA.

What financial support is available?

We don't want anything to stand in your way when it comes to bringing Adult learning within reach so if you need anything to support you to achieve your goals then speak to one of our education experts during your enrolment journey. Most of our courses are government funded but if you don't qualify or need alternative financial help to access them then let us know.

What other support is available?

All of our digital content, teaching and learning activities and assessments are designed to be accessible so if you need any additional support you can discuss this with the education experts during your enrolment journey and we will do all we can to make sure you have optimal access.

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