This programme of study will prepare you to become an early years educator, and will enable you to work with children in an unsupervised role from birth to 5 years and gain knowledge of children aged 5 to 7 years. You can also progress to higher education.
Upon achievement of this study programme and possibly education at higher education level, you would be able to enter the workforce as an early years educator in roles such as, a nursery nurse, special educational needs teaching professional, primary school or nursery teacher or teaching assistant with salaries for these types of jobs ranging from £12,000 to £43,000.
You will gain valuable 'hands-on' experience in our outstanding nursery classroom and will carry out a range of activities in this setting before going out on work placement. Gateshead College has excellent links with high quality placement providers and employers and you would develop all of the practical skills and knowledge employers are looking for and that will place you among the most highly prized in the jobs market. You will work in a range of placement settings, essential for achievement of this qualification including nurseries, day nurseries and primary schools and with different age ranges of children. We will enable you to develop the right work ethic, attitude and softer skills that can make a real difference to any organisation you join.
Your teachers will be experienced and enthusiastic practitioners in the field and maintain their knowledge and skills by returning to industry at least once a year. You will learn about a range of topics including health and well-being, legislation, frameworks and professional practice, play and learning for school readiness and professional development.
You will learn by a range of activities including practical activities, such as going on trips and visits for example to Beamish Museum and the Centre for Life, by demonstrations and guest speakers, by having an individual learning plan, setting your own targets during tutorial sessions and by teachers ensuring there are opportunities for you to stretch and challenge your learning and development. You will complete a range of assessments including poster and presentation work, assignments, case studies and projects.
You will follow a study programme to help you develop a range of skills that will support your progress to employment or to further study. This will include communication and multi-disciplinary teamwork as part of job pursuit workshops, you will complete projects that enhance the curriculum such as working with local organisations such as Seven Stories - National Centre for Children's Books, undertake projects around equality and diversity, take part in fundraising activities and you will further develop skills and knowledge in English and maths. We know how important it is you continue to develop your skills and knowledge of English and maths as this is what employers want their employees to be competent in. We will put a programme together which best meets your needs and will embed these subjects into your curriculum.