Pilot T-level course off to a flying start

Cirencester College students studying the Childcare and Education T-level have had a busy first term on this brand new course.

The Childcare and Education T-level is ideal for those who want to work in a childcare setting such as a nursery, early-years centre, playgroup or creche. This two-year, full time course differs from other qualifications in that it consists of three days in the classroom and two days in a mandatory work placement, meaning students are ready for employment when they complete the qualification. This term, the students have been covering lots of topics and carrying out practical lessons that they have been learning to deliver to children and infants.

The group have completed a number of tasks to develop fine motor skills, such as making origami fireworks and paperchains as part of a unit on physical development. They have also carried out a yoga session which looked at supporting physical and emotional development in children. They took part in a preschool session linked to the book ‘The Gruffalo’s Child’ and then linked the session to Early Learning Goals and planned their own yoga session based on a book of their choice.

Last week, the students took part in an outdoor learning, ‘Forest School’ activity at the Axe Head, the outdoor learning area on the College site. They had to create a practical risk assessment of the area, then took part in mini den building, a memory activity, an observation trail and a campfire. Students completed the activities and discussed how they linked to the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), how they could carry them out safely on placement and how they might be able to tailor them to different ages or groups of children. In the afternoon they then took part in autumn wreath and magic wand making, linking these activities to the EYFS including areas such as understanding the world, literacy, expressive arts and design and physical development.

Lecturer on the course, Kate Williams, said: “A great day was had by all and the students are keen to complete another outdoors learning activity morning in the Axe Head in the Spring. We are very pleased to be able to use the Axe Head in order to carry out these activities as we have been unable to run our usual trips this year. Our next project will be Christmas decoration making and maybe, with the help of Chemistry, learning how to make slime!”

Students on the course have said: “I think the Childcare and Education T-Level is a great course. The teachers are extremely helpful and the course content is really interesting. I have made friends really quickly and would definitely recommend studying the T-Level at Cirencester College.”

“I am enjoying the course because I like learning about ways to engage children and then implementing them in placement that same week!”

Cirencester College is the first provider of T-levels in 2020 throughout Gloucestershire, Wiltshire and Swindon. Courses available in September 2021 range from Health and Science to Digital Production. To find out more about our T-level courses, click here.