Social Care & Early Years

Children’s Care, Learning and Development - Level 3

Start Date: 3rd September 2018
Course Code: C00068 TAF1A
QCF/NDAQ: 500/1812/7

  • Further Education
  • Full-time
  • Ballymena (Trostan Avenue)


Duration: 2 Years Full-time
Start date: 3rd September 2018
End date: 7th June 2019
Information Event: Y

Course Content

  • Positive Relationships for Children's Care, Learning and Development
  • Promoting Children's Development
  • Reflecting on and Developing Practice for Children aged 0 - 8 years
  • Safeguarding Children
  • Promoting Children's Rights

The National Diploma in Children’s Care Learning and Development is currently under review and may be replaced with a similar programme which will provide opportunities to progress to university or to help gain employment in the childcare sector. If you are accepted onto this course without a Grade C or above in Maths and/or English you will be required to complete the relevant Essential Skills qualification. This will be a compulsory part of your timetable.

Course Aims

To enable students to acquire a recognised qualification to gain employment in Childcare settings as a fully qualified practitioner and to gain the required entrance criteria for access to Higher education programmes. To prepare students to work competently and effectively with children age 0 - 16 years and their families.

Assessment Methods

Continual assessment, assessment of practice in the work placement.

Applicants should have at least 4 GCSEs at Grade C or above. Preference will be given to candidates who possess a Grade C in English and Maths or equivalent and satisfy ACCESS NI Assessment Methods and health checks. In cases where there are more applications for this course than there are places available, candidates with the requisite entry requirements, will be given preference according to the date of receipt by the college of their application.

  • Higher Education programmes such as Teaching, Nursing, Social work, Psychology etc.
  • Employment as fully qualified classroom assistant, supervisor in day care nurseries, hospital play worker, positions in Surestart and other childcare organisations.

Ballymena (Trostan Avenue)
Trostan Avenue Building
Trostan Avenue
BT43 7BN
028 2563 6221
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Deirdre McNicholl

Essential Skills

All full-time students at the Northern Regional College have the opportunity to improve their English, Maths and IT skills and gain qualifications. The qualification you take will depend on the qualification you already have. If you do not have a grade C or above in GCSE English, Maths or ICT, you MUST do Essential Skills. This will form a compulsory part of your timetable.

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