Early years & childcare

If you’re interested in working with young children, and you’re a very practical, patient and fun-loving person, then early years/childcare courses will be the perfect fit for you.

What you'll learn

  • Understand the physical, social, spiritual, moral and emotional aspects of caring for children
  • Learn through practical study, observation and work placement
  • Tackle topics such as supporting children's play, child development and the importance of a healthy eating regime
  • Unlock the door to a career as a teaching assistant, children's centre manager or an early years educator
  • Secure a place to continue your studies at university.
Childcare student, Lia, completed her Level 3 in Childcare and is now studying a Foundation Degree in Early Years

What will you become?

Pick your course

Not sure which course to choose? Call our student services team on 01952 642237.

Course Name School Assessment  
Childcare Level 1Early YearsPortfolio tasks.Career Insights
Childcare Level 2Early YearsYou will be assessed via a unit-by-unit approach through a combination of assessment styles, giving you the opportunity to showcase your skills and apply your knowledge in an appropriate, work-related context. You will be assessed in your placement setting by your work placement coordinator and will be required to meet a variety of competencies. All units and internally assessed and marked by your tutors.Career Insights
Childcare Level 3Early YearsYou will be assessed following a unit-by-unit approach through a combination of assessment styles, giving you the opportunity to showcase your skills and apply your knowledge in an appropriate, work-related context. You will be assessed in placement by your placement coordinator and will be required to show competency in a variety of areas. Units are mainly assessed internally by your tutors. There are also two externally marked controlled assessments; one in the first year and one in the second.Career Insights
Foundation Degree in Early Years Services Level 5Early YearsWork is assessed continually on an ongoing basis through the completion of assignment tasks. Deadlines for these assessments will be set at the beginning of each year. Typical methods of assessment include coursework, assignments and presentations. Career Insights
Foundation Degree Supporting Children in Primary Education Level 5Early YearsWork is assessed continually on an ongoing basis through the course. Deadlines for these assessments will be set at the beginning of each year. Typical methods of assessment include coursework, assignments and presentations. Career Insights