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Children’s Care, Learning & Development BTEC First Diploma

Duchy College Stoke Climsland LEVEL: 2 Children, Schools & Families

This course is aimed at those aged 16 years and above wishing to work with children in the Early Years Sector.  It provides the knowledge and skills to continue onto further qualifications such as the Early Years Educator Diploma if you wish to progress to a supervisory level.  The main emphasis is for you to gain an Early Years qualification which equips you to begin employment.

This is a one year program of study during which you will spend 3 days each week in college and progress through a combination of lectures, practical studies and assignments.  The college will help you to find a suitable work placement which will be for 2 days each week. The course will introduce you to a range of child care settings and environments where you will work with children from birth to 8 years old.  You will retake GCSE English and Maths if not yet achieved at grade 4 or above.

The First Diploma CCLD will qualify you to work in the Early Years Sector in a supporting role such as Nursery or Pre School Assistant,  whilst under supervision.


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Ideal if:

You would like to work with children in the early years sector.

You’ll need:

four GCSEs at grade 3 or above, including English language and mathematics, or an equivalent qualification.

You’ll learn:

Through a range of interesting topics including child development, health and safety, safeguarding, and children’s learning activities and play.


To be assessed throughout your course through a combination of practical and written assignments.

You’ll love:

Attending your work placement for two days per week, using your new skills in practice and supporting children with their play and learning.

Our professional training meets the latest demands and requirements of early years settings, schools, colleges and universities.


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Children's Care, Learning & Development BTEC First Diploma

Start Date

September 2018


Stoke Climsland


1 year


Dani Hamilton Team Lead - Education Mid and West Cornwall

Dani is an experienced teacher, assessor and early years practitioner. She has a particular interest in the role of the nursery nurse in baby care and has worked within private day care. Dani joined the College as a work-based assessor and has, through ongoing professional development, continued into higher education to gain her Postgraduate Certificate in Education. Dani has in recent years supported the team at Cornwall College Camborne, where training for the children's workforce, in particular early years, has been established for almost 30 years. The team has developed a fully equipped play and learning space in our Edu-Care centre supporting the needs of practitioners who study towards, or will work in a variety of careers. In her spare time Dani regularly ice skates and is an ex Holiday on Ice skater!

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