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Introduction to the course

The Gateway qualifications are linked to the National Occupational Qualifications for Child Development and Well-Being. They:

  • prepare learners to progress to a qualification in the same sector or a related area at a higher level or requiring more specific knowledge, skill or understanding

  • prepare learners for employment in the sector or a related sector.

In addition to introducing learners to the knowledge base necessary to work in the early years’ sector the entry-level programme will support the development of the wider behaviours and attitudes necessary for higher-level study or entry to employment.

The units planned for delivery are:

  • Working in Early years’ settings

  • Respecting children

  • Building confidence through play

  • Practical health and safety (E3 & L1)

  • Growth and development

  • Meeting the development needs of young children

  • Introduction to the physical care of Babies (E3 & L1)

  • Communicating with Children

  • Child-minding (L1)

What do I need?

Gateway have not set specific entry requirements for the E3 programme.

All learners are interviewed and complete the BKSB basic skills test in mathematics and English prior to ensure that this is the appropriate programme for them. A high proportion of our learners have ESOL needs and use this programme as an introduction to the vocational area and as a vehicle to improve their spoken and written English. If learners are assessed in English as below Entry 3 they may be redirected to specialist ESOL provision.

How is the course taught?

A wide range of strategies to check learning and ensure that the industry standards required for practice in the Early Years’ sector are fully embedded and will include evidence from:

  • written work completed in lessons or at home

  • Gateway assignment tasks

  • targeted questions in lesson >> group discussion and presentations

  • 1:1 discussion as appropriate

  • reports from work placement providers and internal assessment of professional practice 

How will I be assessed?

A wide range of formative and summative assessment methods will be used to check and confirm learning and understanding. Summative assessment is directly linked to the Gateway standards which themselves are drawn from the National Occupational Qualifications for Child Development and Well-Being.

These will include the:

  • written work completed in lessons or at home

  • assignment tasks

  • reports from work placement providers and internal assessors of professional practice

  • targeted questions in lessons

  • group discussion and presentations

  • 1:1 support as appropriate 

What does it lead to?

After completing this course it will allow learners to progress to L1 programmes within the department.


Course Details

Location Start Date - End Date - Study Mode
Tottenham Centre 1 Sep 2020 - 2 Jul 2021 - Daytime

Course Code: DPEMVOS1 / 20DA11A

Information on course fees

If you are aged 16 - 18:
Courses are free up to Level 3

If you are over 18, fees may apply:
This course is FREE if you fulfil the entry requirements, complete an Eligibility Residency Assessment, and if working, provide a copy of your latest payslip.

Information on how to apply
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Entry Level

This level will help you to develop general skills and improve your confidence if you do not have any experience or GCSEs. It will improve your basic reading, number skills and English language skills

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