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Mental Health in the Early Years Certificate

Practical Vs Theory


Course overview

The ear­ly years of child­hood are crit­i­cal for devel­op­ment. Learn­ing the sig­nif­i­cance of attach­ment and adverse expe­ri­ences dur­ing this time is impor­tant to under­stand children’s men­tal health. Chil­dren can be exposed to sev­er­al trau­mat­ic expe­ri­ences through­out their ear­ly years which can impact their men­tal health – and these expe­ri­ences can con­tribute to men­tal health con­cerns in lat­er life. Whether you are look­ing to begin work with young chil­dren, or you work with chil­dren in your cur­rent role, hav­ing a sol­id grasp on the impor­tance of a child’s emo­tion­al well­be­ing is vital.

This qual­i­fi­ca­tion is suit­able for learn­ers aged 19 and above.


Entry Require­ments

You must be 19 or over to be able to apply for this course.

How The Course Will Be Assessed

You will be assessed via an online port­fo­lio of writ­ten work.

Addi­tion­al Information

Entry is at the dis­cre­tion of the Cen­tre. How­ev­er, learn­ers should be aged at least 16 to under­take the qualification.

There are no spe­cif­ic rec­om­mend­ed pri­or learn­ing require­ments for this qual­i­fi­ca­tion. How­ev­er, learn­ers may find it help­ful if they’ve already achieved a Lev­el 1 qualification.

For more infor­ma­tion con­tact Job­s­mart on:

Tel: 01733 863068
Email: jobsmart@​peterborough.​ac.​uk

Poten­tial Future Career

Learn­ers who achieve this qual­i­fi­ca­tion could progress to:

  • Lev­el 2 Cer­tifi­cate in Under­stand­ing Work­ing in the Health Sector
  • Lev­el 3 Cer­tifi­cate in Under­stand­ing Men­tal Health
  • Lev­el 3 Cer­tifi­cate in Work­ing in the Health Sector
  • Lev­el 3 Diplo­ma for the Ear­ly Years Work­force (Ear­ly Years Educator)
  • Tech­ni­cal Lev­el 3 Diplo­ma in Ear­ly Years Edu­ca­tion and Care (Ear­ly Years Educator)
  • Appren­tice­ships in Health and Social Care

Please see Ofqual’s Reg­is­ter of Reg­u­lat­ed Qual­i­fi­ca­tions for more infor­ma­tion on these, and oth­er, qualifications.

Course Con­tent

You will study the following:

  • Under­stand men­tal health for young chil­dren in the ear­ly years 
  • Under­stand the sig­nif­i­cance of attach­ment and adverse child­hood expe­ri­ences for young chil­dren in the ear­ly years 
  • Under­stand the role of the Ear­ly Years Prac­ti­tion­er sup­port­ing men­tal health and well­be­ing for young chil­dren in the ear­ly years


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Mad­di­son, who achieved D*D*D*, said, The sup­port and guid­ance my lec­tur­er gave me was amaz­ing. With her help, I’m now pro­gress­ing onto the Adver­tis­ing and Mar­ket­ing degree at De Mont­fort University.”

Maddison Wallace



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