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.
This course will prepare you to become an early years educator, enabling you to work with children from birth to five years old. You will also gain some knowledge of children aged five to seven years. In addition, you will have the opportunity to undertake work experience, allowing you to gain knowledge and skills within a real working environment within the childcare sector. Employers and parents are looking for the gold standard: recognised qualifications which will ensure the best training, professional standards and career prospects. Success in achieving this qualification will give you the best opportunity for employment in two or three years time. This course is suitable for a range of students age 16 and over who have little or no experience in childcare.
This course will prepare you to become an early years educator, enabling you to work with children from birth to five years old. You will also gain some knowledge of children aged five to seven years. In addition, you will have the opportunity to undertake work experience, allowing you to gain knowledge and skills within a real working environment within the childcare sector.
Our Childcare and Early Years courses will prepare you for becoming an early years educator, enabling you to work with children from birth to seven years old.
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.
Education and Childcare 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.