Early Years and Childcare
If you can relate well with children and offer enthusiasm and commitment, then a career in Early Years and Childcare would give you a real sense of satisfaction and achievement.
With more nursery, childcare places and outof- school clubs being made available each year, there’s never been a better time to work in this sector.
Do you think you’ve got what it takes to enter into a career in this challenging yet rewarding area?
What’s happening in the industry?
There are currently over 2.5 million people working within the childcare industry in England alone and there will always be a high demand for staff within this busy, fast-growing sector.
A course in Childcare can open many doors; you will be able to access a wide range of Higher Education courses including teaching, social work, early years and education. You could find yourself working in a nursery or school upon completing your course.
Apprenticeships are training programmes for learners aged 16 plus who have left education or are already in employment. Apprentices will attend college one day each week or may receive training in the workplace as well as attending maths, English and/or ICT in college as necessary, to achieve the framework. Initial assessment and diagnostic testing is carried out prior to enrolment. Enthusiasm and a willingness to learn are essential.
Apprenticeship Children and Young People's Workforce - Children and Young People's Workforce - Level 2
Apprenticeships are training programmes for 16 plus who have left education or are already in employment. Apprentices will attend college one day a week to achieve their framework. A full initial assessment and diagnostic test is undertaken prior to entry. Enthusiasm and a willingness to learn is essential.
This study programme is designed for individuals who would like to work with children in day nurseries, schools or playgroups. The qualification will prepare you for understanding the skills needed to care for and educate children between 0 -11 years and 11 months. The learning experience will be reflective of the current structure and expectations of the childcare sector, and you will have the opportunity to put theory into practice by carrying out relevant activities in a variety of placements with childcare providers.
You will also gain the qualification required for progression to the Level 3 Early Years Educator( Diploma)
The Level 2 Certificate is a part-time course for candidates working in an Early Years setting. In order to gain the qualification, you will need to achieve all mandatory units and a minimum of four credits from the optional units which you will choose to reflect your practice.
This Level 3 study programme is designed to give you the knowledge and skills to become an Early Years Educator, enabling you to work with children in a variety of settings such as nurseries, schools and play providers. This qualification will prepare you for working unsupervised or in a supervisory capacity with children and their families.
The learning experience will be reflective of the current structure and expectations of the childcare sector and you will have the opportunity to gain direct experience through work placements.
In academic terms, the Foundation Degree is the equivalent to the first two years of an Honours Degree. In addition, it will enhance your professional practice and develop your reflective practices.
I began studying at Stephenson College when I was 16. I started on a Level 2 Early Years course before moving onto a successful apprenticeship, I’m now studying a University level degree alongside my employment.