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

A GCSE Grade 2 or above in English and Maths or E3 Functional Skills. A passion for working with children.
If you are unable to meet these entry qualifications, we have an alternative course at Level 1, Caring for Children.

What will I learn?

You will learn about child development for the 0 to 7 age range, how play is a route of children’s learning and the basis of early years frameworks, such as the Early Years Foundation Stage.

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.


Learners must complete the three mandatory units:

Patterns of Child Development
Promoting Children’s Development Through Play
The Principles of Early Years Practice


You will be assessed through a combination of coursework assignments and one examination.

Enrichment Opportunities

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

Career and Progression

You can progress onto:

● Other Level 2 vocational Childcare qualifications
● Level 3 vocational qualifications
● Related academic qualifications
● Apprenticeships within the early years and health and social care sectors.

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.