What a busy first term it has been for all those students across Wales who are following one of the Childcare courses offered as part of the Cam wrth Gam Schools Scheme. Ysgol Gymraeg Ystalyfera Bro Dur is one of those schools, offering two specific childcare courses.
(CACHE) Level Two Certificate in Childcare and Education
The CACHE Level Two Certificate in Childcare and Education is a two year course for pupils in years 10 & 11. This year at Ysgol Gymraeg Ystalyfera Bro Dur, 31 students are following the course. The course comprises 5 units: Introduction to working with children, The developing child, Safe environments for children, Children and play, and Professional and communication skills. The units are assessed through 4 assignments and a multiple-choice exam.
Year 10 Level Two Childcare Students
The new term got off to a busy start, with students learning about the different provisions available to children and preparing to work in an early years setting by learning about the importance of health and safety and confidentiality. See below for an example of the students’ work.
The year 11 students started the term by learning about the importance of policies, warning symbols, first aid, planning trips for children, and communicating with parents. During the second year, students are given a chance to visit local schools, to gain practical experience of working with children. (Seen here are examples of the work created by Year 11 pupils.)
Myfanwy Jones, Childcare Level 2 Tutor, said,
“During year 11 the pupils will visit the campus of a primary school once a month, to gain real experience of working with children. By the end of the year, the students will have developed a deeper understanding of the steps children go through as they develop, and an awareness of the Foundation Phase areas.
At present they are busy working on unit 3, preparing to sit their external multiple-choice exam in December. You can see that they’ve produced quite a range of resources, and much of this work will go into their final portfolios, as examples of their knowledge and understanding.”
Extended Level 3 Diploma Course in Childcare, learning and development (Wales and Northern Ireland.) (QCF)
The Extended Level 3 Diploma course contains 13 units, which are studied over the course of a year; including 3 external assignments, as well as practical experience of working in an early years setting. 3 units have already been completed during the first term, namely, ‘Supporting the development of studying skills’ (CP5), ‘Observing children and young people at play for the purpose of planning future support’ (CP15) and ‘Advancing understanding of childcare and child development theories’ (CP1 – connecting practice with theorists’ ideas.)
The pictures below depict an activity devised by an Extended Level 3 pupil, to help children to know the difference between right and left. This was done by painting hands and also by moving in different directions in the outside area.
Vygotsky’s theory about working side by side with children was utilised, allowing the children to take the lead with the hand painting activity. Also Erikson’s theory of positivity was used, noting that an adult’s positive behaviour has an effect on the behaviour of children.
Manon Jones-Berry, Extended Level 3 Diploma in Childcare Tutor at Ysgol Gymraeg Ystalyfera Bro Dur, said: “The pupils observed children playing, noting down that which was observed. These comments were analysed in light of the children’s expected development, and the theories of specialists. The pupils demonstrated the benefit derived from using educationalist theories to support children at play, by devising activities which helped develop the children’s skills.The activities successfully met the children’s requirements, with pupils independently leading the activities, and offering appropriate support to the children. The activity’s learning outcome was evaluated, and the benefits of connecting with theorists was discussed.”