Introduction to Volunteering

Ref: C3530269

During the course you will be provided with information and underpinning knowledge relating to working/volunteering in a variety of different types of child centred settings. You will also have opportunities to learn and develop skills which will support you in your role as a volunteer within a setting. The course will include activities relating to topics like types of roles and resposibilities, safeguarding children, and ways to support children's learning and development. It will also support you to achieve your chosen course learning outcomes and to plan your next steps.

Course aim

The course is an introduction to volunteering, with opportunities for you to learn and develop knowledge and useful skills relating to working in a child centred setting.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • Students need a minimum Entry 3 level in English to be able to access the course effectively.

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • List at least 4 different types of jobs and identify their roles and responsibilities within a child centred setting
  • Illustrate the key stages of children's learning
  • Carry out a creative activity which supports children's learning
  • Recognise the steps taken to safeguard children
  • Identify 4 or more pros and cons of working as a team

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning

What else do I need to know?

  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)
  • It would be useful to bring a pen and paper/notebook and a folder/file to store session work and supporting hand-outs.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • This course could lead to a range of job opportunities. Follow link to National Careers Service for more details https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here http://www.wea.org.uk/learn-wea/what-can-i-do-next
  • For those who complete the course there is a volunteering work placement within a child centred setting. In addition there is a 1:1 mentor session available for all students.

Download full course information sheet

Introduction to Volunteering

Is this course right for me? Request more information

You can only enrol in person on the course.

Please call 0300 303 3464 to enquire about enrolling on this course.

Conditions

As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you book. Please could we ask that you check the list below to ensure you meet our basic criteria:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2018
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

Not sure or have further questions? Contact courseenquiries@wea.org.uk

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