CYPW Child Care Course

Level 3 Diploma for the Children’s and Young People’s Workforce

The Level 3 Diploma for the Children’s and Young People’s Workforce is a qualification aimed at people already working in a health or social care setting with children and young people who want to develop and demonstrate their skills in a senior role. The Children’s Workforce Development Council (CWDC) requires all supervisors and managers in regulated settings (excluding childminding) to hold a full and relevant level 3 qualification.The qualification has three pathways.

The social care pathway is only for candidates not working in a residential setting. Candidates working in children residential care will be expected to complete the Level 3 Diploma for Residential Childcare (England) instead.

Vocational Learning encourages candidates to submit naturally occurring evidence from their work environment to demonstrate competency against the practical requirements of the course. You are usually expected to complete this course within 6 to 12 months depending on your enrolment. The course has a 422-475 guided learning hours requirement.

Course Delivery and Support

The Level 3 Diploma for the Children’s and Young People’s Workforce course is delivered by either distance, blended learning or as classroom based. You are expected to meet course requirements regardless of the method of delivery.

Level 3 Diploma for the Children’s and Young People’s Workforce Course

You will need to fully participate in online activities and provide multimedia evidence whenever possible.You will be expected to complete the course between 6 to 12 months. Candidates who are committed and work hard can study the course fast track and complete within a few weeks.

The full cost of the course is £795. You can also pay using a payment plan by making a deposit of £174 and four monthly instalments. Each instalment will be £174.

On enrolment every candidate will be allocated an assessor who will also be their tutor and the first port of call for all assessments and learning needs. You will have access to resources, coursework, tutorials, events, forums, web conferences, and face-to-face sessions. We regularly host support sessions during the day, night and weekends.

You will be expected to participate in an induction session to fully understand how to use our learning management system (Access), locate resources and your coursework. This induction can either be face-to-face or online. You will need to have a discussion with your assessor to negotiate and agree your learning and assessment plan. You are expected here to discuss about any needs, targets, practical requirements (if applicable) and declare any prior learning you wish to be considered. Your assessor will draft your “Holistic Assessment Plan” which will reflect your needs. The plan will also contain information about assessments, ground rules and expected course end date.

Course Structure

You are expected to achieve a minimum 65 credits in order to achieve the Level 3 Diploma for the Children’s and Young People’s Workforce qualification. Candidates will be expected to choose their desired pathway and follow the rules of combination highlighted below. Regardless of the pathway you choose you will be expected to complete the following eleven mandatory units:

Unit 1: Understand Child and Young Person Development
Unit 2: Promote Child and Young Person Development
Unit 3: Understand How to Safeguard the Wellbeing of Children and Young People
Unit 4: Support Children and Young People’s Health and Safety
Unit 5: Develop Positive Relationships with Children, Young People and Others Involved in Their Care
Unit 6: Working Together for the Benefit of Children and Young People
Unit 7: Understand How to Support Positive Outcomes for Children and Young People
Unit 8: Promote Communication in Health, Social Care or Children’s and Young People’s Settings
Unit 9: Engage in Personal Development in Health, Social Care or Children’s and Young People’s Settings
Unit 10: Promote Equality and Inclusion in Health, Social Care or Children’s and Young People’s Settings
Unit 11: Principles for Implementing Duty of Care in Health, Social Care or Children’s and Young People’s Settings

Early Learning and Children

• 49 credits must be achieved by completing the mandatory units, then choosing optional units to achieve the remaining 16 credits.

Unit 15: Context and principles for early years provision
Unit 26: Professional practice in early years settings
Unit 28: Promote children’s welfare and well being in the early years
Unit 30: Promote learning and development in the early years
Unit 42: Support children’s speech, language and communication

Social Care (excluding residential settings such as children’s homes)

• 40 credits must be achieved by completing the mandatory units, then choosing optional units to achieve the remaining 25 credits.

Unit 12: Assessment and planning with children and young people
Unit 25: Professional practice in children and young people’s social care
Unit 32: Promote the well being and resilience of children and young people

Learning, Development and Support Services

• 40 credits must be achieved by completing the mandatory units, then choosing optional units to achieve the remaining 25 credits.

Unit 27: Professional Practice in learning, development and support services
Unit 36: Support children and young people to achieve their education potential
Unit 39: Support children and young people to make positive changes in their lives

Assessment of this CYPW Qualification

The course is assessed by a portfolio of evidence which you have to compile and submit at the end of the course. You will be expected to complete some course work and participate in a number of assessment activities such as recorded discussions. Majority of your assessments will take in your workplace where a holistic approach will be taken to record your natural work activities and practice which will then be linked to the assessment criteria.

Entry Requirements of this CYPW Course

This course is open to anyone working in a children and young people setting. You will need to be at least 16 years old. You will be expected to have basic numeracy, literacy and IT skills in line with national occupational skills for care workers.

You are also expected to have access to the internet, multimedia computer, printer and a word processor that can open and produce Microsoft Word Documents ending with the extension ‘.doc’. Candidates without Microsoft office are advised to consider free software such as Open Office. You, however, need to ensure your documents are saved and submitted for assessment as word documents ending with the extension ‘.doc’?

What can l do after completion?

You can go on to complete other higher education courses in early years, children, young people, health and social care.

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