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Education & Early Years

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The early years’ sector is one that continues to grow. If you are seeking a career working with babies and children, this course will give you the knowledge and understanding of childcare and education, including child development, behaviours, physical care needs and health and safety.

Incorporating an industry placement of at least 750 hours over two years, this course provides you with practical training in early years’ settings, where you can put your learning into practice.

What will you learn?

The course content is split into ‘Core component’ (to support holistic learning and understanding) and occupational specialism content that focuses on the specific role of the Early Years Educator.  

The core content includes topics like supporting education, working with parents, carers and families, safeguarding, health, safety and wellbeing, child development and supporting special educational needs and disabilities. 

The occupational specialism content includes topics like developing relationships with children to facilitate their development and supporting and promoting children’s play, development and early education. 

You’ll be able to put your knowledge and skills into practice, with an industry placement of at least 750 hours over the two-year programme which will give you fantastic insight into the world of work, gain real-life experience and develop key skills that employers are looking for. 

Assessment is in the form of exams, assignments and employer-set project work which allow you to demonstrate your knowledge and skills.  

Who is the course aimed at?

This course is for you if you would like to gain professional knowledge and understanding of child development and education, take part in organised visits, and experience alternative approaches to education, culture, and religion. The qualification can lead you to employment in the Early Years sector or into further study at university.

Entry Requirements & Other Info
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    You must have a minimum of five GCSEs at grades 9-4 in three or more subjects, including a grade 4 or higher in English or Maths. You will also need a full DBS certificate.

  • Experiences Arrow down

    This course will provide you with extensive industry placement, to see the world of work first hand. You will also experience talks from visiting speakers, take part in workshops and visit universities to help you to understand the best career pathway for you.

  • Progression Arrow down

    This technical qualification will support you on to a range of progression routes including employment, higher education and higher apprenticeship.

  • Outcomes Arrow down

    Typical employment routes include:  

    o early years educator  

    o education technician  

    o primary/secondary/tertiary teaching and support assistant  

    o learning mentor  

    o student engagement officer 

    o Childminder  

    o Nursery manager  


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