The programme empowers business owners and learners with the knowledge and skills to work with children under five.
It uses a combination of observations of practice to demonstrate competence and written work to show understanding.
Theme 1 – Health and Well-Being
Topics cover how best to support healthy lifestyles for children through food, nutrition and exercise. Also, how to supporting children’s physical care routines and promoting emotional well-being.
This theme concludes with understanding how to support children who are unwell.
Theme 2 – Legislation, frameworks and professional practice
Theme 2 is designed to prepare the learner for the ‘frameworks and professional practice’ involved in working within the early years workforce. The theme highlights key legislation relating to the safeguarding, protection and welfare of children.
Learners are also taught how to follow and use legislation relating to the health and safety, equality, diversity and inclusive practice of children. Additional modules cover professional practices, working in partnership and professional career development.
Theme 3 – Play, development and learning for school readiness
The final theme introduces the value of play and promoting enabling play environments in early years, coupled with the promotion of children’s personal, social and emotional development.
Learners gain insight on promoting the use of speech, language and good communication, as well as developing children’s cognitive skills and addressing emergent literacy skills and mathematical skills. The content also covers how to use observation, assessment and planning to promote the development of children.