Childcare & Early Years

Summary of course

This qualification is designed to give you an understanding of the health and education needs of children. The aim of this qualification is to prepare students to work with children between birth and five years, with knowledge of children up to seven years and how to provide appropriate activities. It covers a diverse range of job roles and occupational areas working in children's environments.

The method of learning is through classroom based activity and work placements.

What will I study?

The units you will study are likely to include:

Core Units:

  • Introducing the Role of the Early Years Practitioner
  • Legislation, Framework and Practice
  • Play, Development and Learning for School
  • Professional Development

Specialist Units:

  • supporting children with additional needs
  • nutrition for children
  • supporting positive behaviour
  • creative play

All units are subject to change and may be withdrawn.

How is the course assessed?

  • Portfolio of Work (to include a variety of written assesments and observations)

  • Work Placement Records (Work Experience is approximately 65 days in placement, only arranged by the College)

Your Study Programme

If you are aged 16-18, you will join a Study Programme. We will make sure you are working at the right level on your core qualification and are challenged to achieve the highest level of qualification you can. All students will continue to improve their maths and English and if you don't have a grade 4 (C) at GCSE, we will work with you towards achieving that goal (subject to specific entry requirements for particular courses). Work experience will be part of your study programme and complement your college study and prepare you for employment. You will also get involved in activities to help you develop life skills and to build your confidence so you can make progress in your career. Weekly timetables will include tutorial support which may comprise of full group activities or one to one sessions to discuss individual progress or support needs.

Who is this course for?

This course is ideal if you have an interest in gaining an occupational competence for the Childcare Workforce and wish to gain a Level 2 qualification in Childcare.

Progression and Career Opportunities

This qualification allows progression onto the Level 3 Early Years Educator qualifications and other Level 3 qualifications. Upon achievement of this qualification, you can progress into various job roles in the statutory, voluntary or private sectors, such as:

  • Nursery assistant
  • Classroom assistant
  • Pre-school assistant

Entry Requirements for new students

4 GCSEs at Grade 3 including maths and English

Interview Requirements

You must bring your interview letter to your appointment and arrive 15 minutes before your interview is due to take place.

You will be required to bring a piece of written work to your interview appointment, using one side of A4 paper, identifying why you want to work with children.

General Info (materials required for the course)

(Work Experience is approximately 65 days in placement, only arranged by the College)

General Information (materials required for the course): We recommend you purchase the following items and would ask you to be prepared to pay these costs when you enrol with us in September:

  • £15 (approximately) - Uniform (polo shirt)
  • £25 - stationery
  • DBS - cost TBC

Course fee information


Course fee information

Sorry, you’ve missed the start date for this course but we are planning to offer it again in 2019. If you would like to speak to a tutor about the course please call us on 0300 123 2344 or complete our easy online enquiry form.


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