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.


Apprenticeship Standard Education and Childcare - Early Years Educator - Level 3

Successful completion of this apprenticeship could lead to roles such as nursery nurse and childminders who are highly trained professionals who play a key role in ensuring that young children learn and develop well and are kept healthy and safe. They work in a range of settings including full day care, children’s centres, pre schools, reception classes and as childminders. They may either be working on their own or supervising others to deliver the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) requirements set by Government for the learning, development and care of children from birth to 5 years old. With additional experience, an Early Years Educator can become the manager of an early years setting.

Apprenticeship Standard Education and Childcare - Early Years Practitioner - Level 2

On successful completion of this apprenticeship you could be responsible for supporting child initiated and adult led activities based around the needs and interests of each individual child, supporting children’s learning through planned, purposeful play opportunities and educational programmes and working as part of a team to ensure each child feels safe and secure. An EYP will also support the observation and assessment of each child and contribute to their learning experiences and assist with the care needs of the individual child such as teeth, skin, hair, feeding, changing nappies and toileting under direction of a more senior member of the team. They will also work in partnerships with other colleagues, parents and/or carers or other professionals, with support from a more senior member of the team, to meet the individual needs of each child. They will also have a responsibility for ensuring that they recognise when a child is in danger and/or at risk of serious harm or abuse and contributing to the health and safety of the children, staff and others on the premises. Apprentices will attend college one day a week to achieve their qualification. A full initial assessment and diagnostic test is undertaken prior to entry.

Early Years Practitioner Diploma Level 2 - Evening

This Qualification 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 -7 years. 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 (Technical Diploma)

Early Years Workforce (Early Years Educator) Diploma Level 3 - Evening

This Level 3 qualification 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.

Childcare & Early Years Pathways

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.