If you would like to work with children then our Early Years courses are a great place to start. We will take you through the basics of childcare and show you how to make learning fun, keep children safe and involve them in group activities. You will get plenty of practical experience while you learn, which will give you confidence when you start work.

Funding and bursaries

Students under 19 will not have to pay fees providing you are legally in the UK. You may be able to access Bursary funding to help you with travel and meals depending on your personal circumstances.

Students aged over 19 may be eligible for free tuition depending on the course you want to study, your existing qualifications and your financial circumstances. This will be discussed at enrolment.

Entry requirements

There are no specific entry requirements but a passion for working with children.

What will I learn?

You will gain an overview of early years and study an introduction to child development and how children learn and develop.

You will explore a range of activities that you can carry out with children to help them to progress including physical activities and arts & crafts. Alongside this you will gain knowledge of health & safety and how to safeguard children from the ages of 0 – 5 years 11 months.

The course will have practical, hands on learning activities alongside developing writing skills.

Work Experience

You will have the chance to do at least two weeks of relevant work experience to support your studies, gain experience and potentially develop contacts with future employers. Our team will help you secure a work placement and will provide you with everything required for you to attend your placement.

Modules

There are a range of modules available at either the Award, Certificate or Diploma size qualification. Modules include topics such as Child Development, Sharing Learning Experiences with Children, Supporting Babies to Play, Science Activities for Young Children and Healthy Eating for Families.

Assessment

You will be required to complete a range of written assignments including booklets and posters. You will also be required to demonstrate some skills whilst being observed by your tutor.

Enrichment Opportunities

There are a variety of enrichment opportunities on offer throughout the year, including trips and external visits.

Career and Progression

Upon completion of your Level 1 you will be able to progress onto a Level 2 Childcare qualification or further study.

Study Programme

Our personalised Study Programmes provide young people with the skills they need to move in to higher education, training, apprenticeships or employment. They are designed to challenge you positively and suit your aspirations. Our Study Programmes include a choice of vocational qualifications combined with essential English and Maths qualifications, enrichment activities and work experience. We partner with employers to ensure our learners gain the vital work-ready skills and knowledge needed to positively progress into the world of work.