If you’re thinking about getting a job in a nursery or a play centre then our early years courses are a great place to start. We’ll take you through the basics of working with children and show you how to make learning fun. You’ll get plenty of practical experience while you learn, which will give you confidence when you start work.

Age groups

14-16, 16-18, 19+

What courses can I choose?

CourseLevelQualificationAwarding body
CourseLevelQualificationAwarding body
Caring for ChildrenE3Award, certificate or diplomaCity & Guilds
Introduction to Health, Social Care & Children’s & Young People’s Settings1Award, certificate or diplomaCity & Guilds
First Award in Children's Play, Learning and Development2Award, certificate or diplomaPearson BTEC

What will I learn?

  • Talking with children and young people
  • Respecting children and keeping them safe
  • Encouraging children to eat healthily
  • Physical activities for children
  • Involving children in group activities

What qualification will I have?

Depending on which course you take, you’ll have an award, a certificate or a diploma.

How do I complete the course?

You’ll be assessed through an assignment.

What can I do next?

With your qualification, you can apply for jobs including:

  • nursery nurse
  • childminder
  • special educational needs assistant
  • preschool advisor
  • playworker
  • play therapist
  • school lunchtime supervisor

Alternatively you can take a related course at a higher level or apply for an apprenticeship in a related work area.