Early Childhood Qualifications Re-Launched

Early Childhood Qualifications Re-Launched

Crossfields Institute Early Years qualifications

After many years of working collaboratively with NCFE CACHE, Crossfields Institute are delighted to announce the re-launch of following qualifications:

Crossfields Institute Level 3 Diploma in Holistic Baby and Child Care (Early Years Educator)
Crossfields Institute Level 4 Diploma in Steiner Waldorf Early Childhood Studies (EYE)
Crossfields Institute Level 5 Diploma in Steiner Waldorf Early Childhood Studies – Leadership and Management

These qualifications were previously awarded through NCFE CACHE but will now be part of the Crossfields Institute suite of qualifications NCFE CACHE made the following statement about the qualifications:

“NCFE CACHE has worked with Crossfields Institute since 2013 and would like to wish students following these qualifications the best of luck as they embark on their studies. These specialist qualifications are of quality, robust in both content and assessment and they offer insight into the expertise, skills and professional approach needed to practice in an early childhood setting.”

Below is some further information about each of the qualifications:

 

Crossfields Institute Level 3 Diploma in Holistic Baby and Child Care (Early Years Educator)

The aim of this qualification is to provide the learner with the expertise, skills and professional approach needed to become an EYE qualified holistic early years practitioner, and includes classroom based and placement hours. This qualification prepares learners to use a Steiner Waldorf and Pikler approach to baby and early child education and care, appropriate to holistic and mainstream settings.

Learners completing this qualification may proceed directly to work in an early childhood setting, for example in the role of an early years educator, adult and child group leader, or childminder and carer of children under 3 years, in a Steiner Waldorf or mainstream setting. Learners can also progress to the NCFE CACHE Level 4 Steiner Waldorf Early Childhood Studies (EYE) (VRQ).

Learners interested in studying this qualification should contact Emerson College, East Sussex +44 (0)1342 822 238; +44 (0)1342 826 055 or email registrar@emerson.org.uk

 

Crossfields Institute Level 4 Diploma in Steiner Waldorf Early Childhood Studies (EYE)
Crossfields Institute Level 5 Diploma in Steiner Waldorf Early Childhood Studies – Leadership and Management

These Crossfields Institute qualifications were originally created in collaboration with subject specialists including London Steiner Kindergarten Training Company Ltd and Dorothy Marlen in order to provide the learner with the expertise, skills and professional approach needed to be an holistic early childhood educator.

Learners interested in studying this qualification should contact either The London Steiner Kindergarten Training Company by contacting the course administrator Suzanne Leek at: Suzanne.Leek@ntlworld.com. The London Steiner Kindergarten Training Company based in London with residentials in Gloucestershire.

Alternatively, learners can also contact North of England Steiner Waldorf Early Childhood Studies by contacting the course coordinator Jill Taplin at Jill@neswec.org.uk or telephone 01782 504567. This course is based in York with residentials in the Midlands.

 

Any organisations wishing to deliver this qualification should contact Crossfields Institute at info@crossfieldsinstitute.com or 01453 808118. Crossfields Institute is a Gloucestershire based education charity, approved by Ofqual (the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulations in England) as an awarding organisation. The Institute specialises in the development of specialist qualifications for providers with a particular vision or ethos.

New Horticulture and Forestry qualification launched

New Horticulture and Forestry qualification launched

Crossfields Institute and The Orchard Project are delighted to announce the launch of

Crossfields Institute Level 2 Award in Forest Gardening

This qualification is open for registrations from 10 February 2021

This Crossfields Institute qualification was created in collaboration with The Orchard Project in order to provide learners with:

  • an understanding of forest gardening
  • a thorough understanding of how to plan, plant and manage a forest garden
  • the practical skills to engage in planting, pruning, grafting and soil enhancement
  • plant identification skills and familiarity and understanding of botanical terminology

This qualification was developed in response to the growing interest in forest gardening as a way of producing food in a way that is low maintenance, has a low carbon footprint, encourages biodiversity, and is resilient to climate change. This is a relatively new area of expertise however and is not well understood by the public, so there is a need to teach people the skills to create well designed and well-maintained forest gardens.

  • Any learners who are interested in finding out more about this qualification should contact The Orchard Project on 07525 115209 or at orchard@theorchardproject.org.uk
  • Any organisations wishing to deliver this qualification should contact Crossfields Institute at info@crossfieldsinstitute.com or 01453 808118

Crossfields Institute is a Gloucestershire based education charity, approved by Ofqual (the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulations in England) as an awarding organisation. The Institute specialises in the development of specialist qualifications for providers with a particular vision or ethos.

The Orchard Project is the only national charity dedicated solely to the creation, restoration and celebration of community orchards. We aim to make a serious contribution to a better food system, based on people working together where they live to produce and harvest their own fruit.

Animal Nature: Understanding the Nature of Animals

Join us for this workshop in which we will seek a deeper understanding of ‘animal nature’. Drawing on insights from a range of disciplines (science, art, agriculture and ecopsychology) we will delve into the many ways in which our lives interface with those of the animals around us.


Saturday February 23th 2019
9 AM- 7 PM
The Museum in the Park, Stroud, Gloucestershire

Full attendance: £65 (light lunch included)


Morning Sessions

Animals Underground – Dr Liz Hamilton
Environmental Sciences: University of Gloucester

Seeing the Animal Whole – Ed Berger
Biodynamic Land Manager: Ruskin Mill Trust


Afternoon Sessions

Encountering Animal – Roger Duncan
Systemic Family Therapist

Animal Ethics: Perspectives – Dr Isis Brook
Research Fellow Crossfields Institute International

Animals & Transformation – Jonathan Code
Director and Researcher Crossfields Institute International


To book the course by phone 01453 808118
or email jane.tyler@crossfieldsinstitute.com

Raising happy girls

The author and childcare expert Steve Biddulph’s latest book is out today 20th April.  Following on from his book on raising boys the new book: 10 Things Girls Need Most To Grow Up Strong and Free,  tackles the possibly even trickier subject of how to raise girls.

There is a great deal of concern about girls health and wellbeing at the current time.  Much of this focuses on the way social media can work to undermine a girl’s confidence and set up damaging rather than empowering role models.  For a taste of the book’s central message have a look at the article by Lorraine Candy for the Sunday Times magazine.  This is available on Steve’s website.  There is quite a harsh message for parents here but see what you think, even if you don’t have young girls to raise.

http://www.stevebiddulph.com/Site_1/UK_Times_Article.html

Emergency Bulletin: Firefox Security Problem

Thanks to Wordfence, the makers of the security plugin we use on our websites, we have been alerted to a severe security vulnerability in Firefox.

From the Wordfence website:

“If you use Firefox, we recommend you temporarily switch browsers to Chrome, Safari or a non-firefox based browser that is secure until the Firefox dev team can release an update. The vulnerability allows an attacker to execute code on your Windows workstation. The exploit is in the wild, meaning it’s now public and every hacker on the planet has access to it. There is no fix at the time of this writing.”

You can read more here:
Emergency Bulletin: Firefox 0 day in the wild. What to do.

Crossfields Institute Achieves Awarding Organisation Status

We are very pleased to announce that as of Friday 16th January, Crossfields Institute has been recognised as an awarding organisation by Ofqual. The Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual) regulates qualifications, examinations and assessments in England and vocational qualifications in Northern Ireland.
This means that the Institute is now both an approved awarding organisation and a higher education institute.

Click here to view the press release that has been issued today.

Crossfields Institute now has the same level of recognition as other awarding organisations, such as Pearson (Edexcel), CACHE, NOCN and more. We can now develop Ofqual regulated qualifications in a range of sectors, particularly in our sectors of interest including environment, health and social care, child development, education and professional development.

As an awarding organisation we are in a better position than ever to champion holistic and integrative education and support the unfolding potential of each individual.

This achievement is the culmination of seven years of hard work. We are grateful for the support we have received during that time from individuals, organisations, charities, centres and learners, who recognise the value of our vision and our work.

Ethical Leadership Research contribution

In the context of the Crossfields Institute research into leadership and social innovation, this link from a conference at the International Monetary Fund is an interesting study in where contemporary leaders in the international finance sector are at with regards to the question of ethical leadership and the acknowledged need for a change in paradigm: https://www.imf.org/external/mmedia/view.aspx?vid=3835505509001