Course information

Study type Study Tier Start Date Duration Course Contact

Full Time

  • Foundation
31 August 2020TBCAnne Marie Richards

Entry Requirements

The Isle of Wight College has standard entry requirements for full-time college courses, depending on the level of the course to be studied.

There may be additional entry requirements for a small number of specialist courses. If this course is one of these specialist courses, additional entry requirements will be stated below.


The course is an introduction to working with children.  It will help you to decide if you wish to undertake a career working with the age range 0-8 years.  It provides opportunities for you to identify and achieve personal goals in education and training, and to develop basic skills in caring for children, that you will be able to use in further training.  There is also an opportunity during the second half of the course to work with children in a variety of placements.


This course allows you to learn basic skills in caring for and educating young children. The course runs over 3 days, 2 days in college and 1 day in a child care placement from January till June. This course also includes qualifications in English and Maths. Units you may study include:

  • Children’s play and leisure activities in the community
  • Sharing Learning experiences with children
  • Growth and development of young children
  • Musical activities for young children
  • Finding out about forest schools
  • Preparing for your next steps


College classes provide the knowledge and understanding that will help to build confidence for practice in the work placements.  The course consists of three days a week in college and one day a week for placement in a variety of settings for children from 0 to 7 years 11 months from the spring term. As well as academic work, you will take part in practical workshops and regular fieldwork trips.


Successful students will be encouraged to progress to higher level courses that will increase employment potential.

Progression – CACHE level 2 Certificate in an Introduction to Early Years Education& Care.


Students will be expected to have a police check prior to starting the course.  Course material fees £150 (subject to change) covers: uniform, textbooks, art materials and DBS check. This is payable upon enrolment.


Study Programmes

All Study Programmes for 16-19 year olds at The Isle of Wight College are designed to include:

  • Work experience which is effective, relevant, and includes careers fairs, site visits, guest speakers and introduces you to the expectations of the real demands of work
  • English and maths, where students have not yet achieved a GCSE grade A* - C (9 - 4 using the new grades) in these subjects by age 16
  • Non-qualification activity, such as tutorials and work-related learning, to help further develop the personal skills relevant to your progression goals
  • A vocational experience which will form the substantial part of the programme

These four elements of the programme should combine to provide stretch and challenge for you helping to prepare you for progression to employment or further study.

Please refer to the 16 to 19 study programme document to learn more.

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