Early Years, Childcare and Education Online Taster Activities

Interested in pursuing a career as a nursery worker, teaching assistant, nanny or early years educator or family support worker?

If you’re passionate about education and working with young children, why not start your journey into a rewarding career here at University College Birmingham!

Take part in our online taster activities to explore our Early Years and Childcare and Education college course. You’ll get the chance to have a go at some activities you might do on our childcare college courses and meet some of the teaching team. If you’re joining us in September, these activities will give you a head-start and will help you prepare for your course. By participating, you’ll also be in with the chance of winning a £5 gift voucher.

Please note the Early Years, Childcare and Education online taster activities competition closes at midnight on 31 August 2020.

How to take part

  • Click the ‘view video’ button for activity 1 and watch the short video about the importance of play.
  • Next, click the ‘view video’ button for activity 2, where you will meet some of the teaching team, learn about five different types of play and find out how to enter the Early Years and Childhood and Education competition (competition terms and conditions apply).

Taster activities

Activity 1 video courtesy of Toy Industries of Europe (TIE) and Early Childhood Ireland.

If you have any questions about these taster activities, please email  schoolsliaison@ucb.ac.uk.

Competition terms and conditions

Terms and conditions

Please note the Early Years, Childcare and Education online taster activities competition closes at midnight on 31 August 2020.

  1. These terms and conditions apply to the Early Years, Childcare and Education online taster activities competition organised by University College Birmingham.
  1. By entering the competition, entrants accept these terms and conditions together with any specific instructions and terms for such competition which may be mentioned in any electronic messages, or on the website, or communicated to entrants in any other way.
  1. University College Birmingham may cancel or amend any competition, competition information, or these terms and conditions without prior notice. Any changes will be posted either within the competition information or these terms and conditions.
  1. The competition is open to both University College Birmingham college applicants and college enquirers for the following courses: Early Years Practitioner CACHE Level 2 Diploma and Childcare and Education (Early Years Educator) NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma.
  1. The competition entry window will open on 12 August 2020 and will close on 31 August 2020 at midnight. Any entries after the closing of the competition will be invalid and will not be entered into the competition.
  1. To be entered into the competition, entrants must:
  • Choose one of the five types of play read/heard about in the activity 2 video and read and research about it. 
  • Produce a colourful, informative poster about the type of play chosen – this can be done digitally or by cutting, sticking and drawing.
  • The poster must include a title and tell the reader about that type of play chosen. This should include what sorts of activities or toys children will play with in the chosen type of play.
  • Email copies of your poster or a photograph or your poster along with your full name, the University College Birmingham college course you have applied for/are interested in and your email address to c.hughes@ucb.ac.uk (Chris Hughes, Senior Curriculum Lead – FE)
  1. To be entered into the competition, your entry must be submitted no later than midnight on 31 August 2020.
  1. If you are selected as a winner, we will contact you on the email address used to submit your entry to inform you and to provide details on how to claim your prize. Prizes will be distributed in September 2020. 
  1. By submitting an entry, you permit University College Birmingham to contact you on the email address supplied regarding your entry. If you are not an applicant to a college course at University College Birmingham, we will not use your email address for purposes other than contacting you if you are a competition winner.
  2. University College Birmingham reserves the right to change prizes, decide which prize or prizes you receive and how many winners are selected. No cash alternative to the prizes will be offered.
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