Award in Working with Children

This course has expired but has been left here for reference purposes.

What is this course about?

The qualification covers:
– healthy eating for children and planning and taking part in activities to encourage children to eat healthily
– supporting the provision of a safe learning environment for young children
– health and safety requirements and the importance of keeping all children safe from harm
– designing a range of play activities for young children aimed at their age and stage of development

Entry Requirements

The qualification is designed for learners aged 16 and above who would like to develop their understanding of the main issues in relation to childcare learning and development.

There are no specific recommended prior learning requirements for this qualification.

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Award in Working with Children

Start: 14/10/2019
Days: Mon
Time: 18:00-20:00

How is it taught

You will be taught in the classroom. To achieve the Level 1 Award in Working with Children learners must achieve 5 mandatory units:

How will I be assessed?

To achieve the Level 1 Award in Working with Children learners must successfully demonstrate their achievement of all learning outcomes and assessment criteria of the 5 mandatory units. Grades are not awarded.
Level 1 Award in Working with Children is internally assessed.

What else do I need to know?


The objectives of this qualification are to prepare learners for further training and to support a role in the workplace

What could I do next?


Learners undertaking this qualification could progress into further education, including the following qualifications: – Level 2 Certificate for the Children and Young People’s Workforce

Careers


Primary and Nursery Education Teaching Professionals

Primary (and middle school deemed primary) and nursery education teaching professionals plan, organise and provide instruction to children at all levels up to the age of entry into secondary education.

Key Responsibilities

  • Assists with or plans and develops curriculum and rota of teaching duties.
  • Discusses progress with student, parents and/or other education professionals.
  • Supervises teaching assistants and trainees.
  • Undertakes pastoral duties.
  • Teaches simple songs and rhymes, reads stories and organises various activities to promote language, social and physical development.
  • Supervises students and maintains classroom discipline.
  • Maintains records of students.
  • Prepares students for external examinations and administers and invigilates these examinations.
  • Prepares, assigns and corrects exercises and examinations to record and evaluate students.
  • Prepares and delivers courses and lessons in accordance with curriculum requirements and teaches a range of subjects.

AVERAGE EARNINGS

£46,613

EMPLOYMENT PROJECTIONS

2019 4,857
2020 4,961
2021 5,047

ANNUAL SALARY

£29,286 10%
£37,835 25%
£46,613 50%
£55,411 75%
£67,018 90%

JOB OPPORTUNITIES

283 new openings per year

AVERAGE AGE

16-24 7.59%
25-34 31.43%
35-44 25.34%
45-54 22.81%
55-64 11.49%
65+ 1.32%

QUALIFICATIONS

Level 0 0.19%
Level 1 0.26%
Level 2 1.02%
Level 3 1.61%
Level 4-5 (Higher Education) 6.46%
Level 6 (Bachelors) 46.91%
Level 7 (Masters or equivalent) 43.22%
Level 8 (Doctorate) 0.34%

Special Needs Education Teaching Professionals

Special needs education teaching professionals organise and provide instruction at a variety of different levels to children who have emotional, behavioural or learning difficulties or physical disabilities. These professionals may also work with exceptionally gifted pupils.

Key Responsibilities

  • Discusses student.
  • Updates and maintains students.
  • Liaises with other professionals, such as social workers, speech and language therapists and educational psychologists.
  • Supervises students in classroom and maintains discipline.
  • Prepares, assigns and corrects exercises to record and evaluate students progress.
  • Encourages the student to develop self-help skills to circumvent the limitations imposed by their disability.
  • Develops and adapts conventional teaching methods to meet the individual student.
  • Gives instruction, using techniques appropriate to the student.
  • Assesses student.
  • Creates a safe, stimulating and supportive learning environment for students.

AVERAGE EARNINGS

£42,286

EMPLOYMENT PROJECTIONS

2019 800
2020 805
2021 809

ANNUAL SALARY

£24,149 10%
£32,947 25%
£42,286 50%
£50,794 75%
£62,192 90%

JOB OPPORTUNITIES

40 new openings per year

AVERAGE AGE

16-24 4.82%
25-34 19.54%
35-44 21.16%
45-54 29.37%
55-64 23.21%
65+ 1.88%

QUALIFICATIONS

Level 1 0.21%
Level 2 2.06%
Level 3 5.32%
Level 4-5 (Higher Education) 6.55%
Level 6 (Bachelors) 38.99%
Level 7 (Masters or equivalent) 45.51%
Level 8 (Doctorate) 1.35%

Nursery Nurses and Assistants

Nursery nurses and assistants care for children from birth up to seven years of age in day or residential nurseries, children’s homes, maternity units and similar establishments.

Key Responsibilities

  • Communicates with parents and colleagues on children.
  • Writes reports on children.
  • Reads stories, organises counting games to help develop language and number skills.
  • Plans and organises games and other activities and supervises children.
  • Supervises young children at mealtimes.
  • Baths, dresses, prepares feed for and feeds babies, changes babies clothing whenever necessary.

AVERAGE EARNINGS

£17,555

EMPLOYMENT PROJECTIONS

2019 1,607
2020 1,598
2021 1,589

ANNUAL SALARY

£15,309 10%
£16,037 25%
£17,555 50%
£20,821 75%
£25,064 90%

JOB OPPORTUNITIES

77 new openings per year

AVERAGE AGE

16-24 30.36%
25-34 29.06%
35-44 17.32%
45-54 15.9%
55-64 7.15%
65+ 0.18%

QUALIFICATIONS

Level 0 0.58%
Level 1 2.51%
Level 2 16.1%
Level 3 51.68%
Level 4-5 (Higher Education) 14.61%
Level 6 (Bachelors) 12.76%
Level 7 (Masters or equivalent) 1.76%

Childminders and Related Occupations

Childminders and related occupations provide day-to-day care of children within a domestic setting, and supervise and participate in their play, educational and other activities.

Key Responsibilities

  • Complies with regulations set by OFSTED and their inspection requirements.
  • Maintains appropriate records of children.
  • Takes older children to and from school.
  • Takes children to participate in play groups or on appropriate outings.
  • Provides, supervises and participates in children.
  • Mends, washes and irons children.
  • Plans, prepares and serves children.
  • Changes babies.
  • Assists children to wash and dress.

AVERAGE EARNINGS

£19,635

EMPLOYMENT PROJECTIONS

2019 412
2020 405
2021 400

ANNUAL SALARY

£16,619 10%
£17,410 25%
£19,635 50%
£23,379 75%
£27,622 90%

JOB OPPORTUNITIES

21 new openings per year

AVERAGE AGE

16-24 30.31%
25-34 31.53%
35-44 16.78%
45-54 14.1%
55-64 6.88%
65+ 0.37%

QUALIFICATIONS

Level 0 4.25%
Level 1 7.66%
Level 2 23.21%
Level 3 32.57%
Level 4-5 (Higher Education) 15.02%
Level 6 (Bachelors) 13.74%
Level 7 (Masters or equivalent) 3.55%

Playworkers

Playworkers deliver and facilitate play opportunities for children in a range of formal and informal settings including play groups, play schemes, free play locations, and in pre- and after-school activities.

Key Responsibilities

  • Liaises with parents, carers and colleagues and keeps appropriate records.
  • Puts away equipment and cleans premises after use.
  • Organises and supervises children.
  • Organises and supervises children on excursions.
  • Encourages children.
  • Provides play areas and prepares materials for a wide range of children.
  • Supervises children.

AVERAGE EARNINGS

£17,888

EMPLOYMENT PROJECTIONS

2019 357
2020 354
2021 352

ANNUAL SALARY

£15,621 10%
£16,286 25%
£17,888 50%
£20,301 75%
£24,066 90%

JOB OPPORTUNITIES

16 new openings per year

AVERAGE AGE

16-24 29.33%
25-34 19.26%
35-44 21.1%
45-54 21.12%
55-64 7.62%
65+ 1.54%

QUALIFICATIONS

Level 0 2.61%
Level 1 1.79%
Level 2 22.11%
Level 3 43.5%
Level 4-5 (Higher Education) 6.79%
Level 6 (Bachelors) 16.37%
Level 7 (Masters or equivalent) 4.55%
Level 8 (Doctorate) 2.29%

Teaching Assistants

Teaching assistants assist teachers with their day-to-day classroom work and with routine administrative tasks.

Key Responsibilities

  • Helps with outings and other out-of-classroom activities.
  • Makes simple teaching aids and constructs thematic displays of educational material or children.
  • Assists children with washing or dressing for outdoor and similar activities.
  • Listens to children read, reads to them or tells stories.
  • Looks after lesson materials such as paper, pencils and crayons.
  • Assists teacher with preparation or clearing up of classroom.

AVERAGE EARNINGS

£20,259

EMPLOYMENT PROJECTIONS

2019 3,967
2020 4,036
2021 4,091

ANNUAL SALARY

£17,410 10%
£18,242 25%
£20,259 50%
£23,608 75%
£28,101 90%

JOB OPPORTUNITIES

220 new openings per year

AVERAGE AGE

16-24 10.96%
25-34 14.77%
35-44 26%
45-54 33.09%
55-64 14.16%
65+ 0.98%

QUALIFICATIONS

Level 0 1.14%
Level 1 2.71%
Level 2 20.12%
Level 3 31.37%
Level 4-5 (Higher Education) 18.05%
Level 6 (Bachelors) 21.81%
Level 7 (Masters or equivalent) 4.74%
Level 8 (Doctorate) 0.05%

Educational Support Assistants

Educational support assistants work with teachers to provide one-to-one support for children with particular learning needs.

Key Responsibilities

  • Provides feedback to teachers and completes and maintains records.
  • Attends to child.
  • Helps and encourages child to communicate.
  • Implements care programmes, as appropriate.
  • Identifies signs of distress and offers reassurance.
  • Helps child understand instruction through a variety of means and encourages self-confidence and independence.
  • Supports schoolwork under teacher.

AVERAGE EARNINGS

£21,091

EMPLOYMENT PROJECTIONS

2019 1,244
2020 1,256
2021 1,264

ANNUAL SALARY

£18,075 10%
£19,053 25%
£21,091 50%
£24,232 75%
£28,288 90%

JOB OPPORTUNITIES

64 new openings per year

AVERAGE AGE

16-24 11.41%
25-34 17.33%
35-44 21.31%
45-54 33.29%
55-64 15.53%
65+ 1.1%

QUALIFICATIONS

Level 0 1.17%
Level 1 3.37%
Level 2 17.1%
Level 3 30.11%
Level 4-5 (Higher Education) 22.3%
Level 6 (Bachelors) 21.41%
Level 7 (Masters or equivalent) 4.12%
Level 8 (Doctorate) 0.41%

Houseparents and Residential Wardens

Houseparents and residential wardens are responsible for the care and supervision of children, young offenders and the elderly within residential homes and nurseries, schools or institutions for young offenders.

Key Responsibilities

  • Keeps records and writes reports.
  • Maintains contact and discusses problems/progress with other staff and social workers.
  • Establishes and maintains contact with members of the neighbouring community and/or the residents.
  • Provides one-to-one counselling or group therapy.
  • Ensures that all material needs of residents are provided and endeavours to resolve any problems that they may have.
  • Plans and participates in games and leisure activities to encourage emotional, social, physical and intellectual development.
  • Creates friendly, secure atmosphere and tries to gain the trust and confidence of those in the home or under supervision.

AVERAGE EARNINGS

£22,734

EMPLOYMENT PROJECTIONS

2019 324
2020 322
2021 321

ANNUAL SALARY

£17,971 10%
£19,781 25%
£22,734 50%
£26,645 75%
£32,032 90%

JOB OPPORTUNITIES

16 new openings per year

AVERAGE AGE

16-24 4.34%
25-34 13.82%
35-44 22.44%
45-54 35.13%
55-64 18.67%
65+ 5.57%

QUALIFICATIONS

Level 0 4.9%
Level 1 4.42%
Level 2 19.65%
Level 3 27.27%
Level 4-5 (Higher Education) 24.82%
Level 6 (Bachelors) 16.79%
Level 7 (Masters or equivalent) 2.14%

School Midday and Crossing Patrol Occupations

Workers in this unit group supervise the activities of school children during break and meal times and assist children to cross roads near to the entrances of schools.

Key Responsibilities

  • Directs children to cross the road when safe.
  • Signals approaching traffic to stop by using hand signals and school crossing signs.
  • Waits for a safe gap in traffic and walks to the centre of road.
  • Meets children wanting to cross the road and directs them to wait at the kerb.
  • Assists young children with feeding, dressing, washing and toiletry activities.
  • Cares for sick children and administers first aid if necessary.
  • Supervises the playground activities of children during meal and break times.

AVERAGE EARNINGS

£18,699

EMPLOYMENT PROJECTIONS

2019 1,556
2020 1,580
2021 1,600

ANNUAL SALARY

£16,661 10%
£17,451 25%
£18,699 50%
£20,987 75%
£24,211 90%

JOB OPPORTUNITIES

80 new openings per year

AVERAGE AGE

16-24 5.53%
25-34 10.23%
35-44 29.15%
45-54 31.07%
55-64 15.68%
65+ 8.3%

QUALIFICATIONS

Level 0 16.15%
Level 1 18.68%
Level 2 40.1%
Level 3 17.61%
Level 4-5 (Higher Education) 3.48%
Level 6 (Bachelors) 3.45%
Level 7 (Masters or equivalent) 0.53%
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