I have wanted to work in a nursery since a young age so this course seemed perfect to me. As part of this course we spend two of the five college days in a placement each week meaning there are lots of opportunities for us to put what we have learned in the classroom into action.

Abbie Knight, Childcare and Education student

This course will prepare you to become an Early Years Educator, enabling you to work with children aged 5 and below whilst also widening your understanding of children aged 5 -7 years. Upon achievement of this qualification you will be able to enter the workforce as an Early Years Educator or access Higher Education.

The course will give you the opportunity to study a broad range of topics including child development, child health and wellbeing, play and learning and preparing for school readiness. You will also gain valuable experience in real work environments, developing and demonstrating skills of observing and assessing children’s development as well as planning and preparing fun and educational activities.

The course covers a wide range of theoretical and practical skills, with a particular vocational focus, resulting in the development of highly desirable employability skills.

The course is full time and equivalent to 3 A Levels.


The course will enable you to progress onto university courses or into employment as an Early Years Educator, a Practitioner in a primary school reception class, Nanny and other similar roles.


You will need a DBS check to allow you to participate in work placements which are a major part of the course.

Level 3 standard entry requirements: 5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above including Mathematics and English Language or Literature.

You will be required to have a DBS check to allow you to participate in work placements.

How often would I need to go to work placement?

Two days a week is spent in an Early Years Setting and three days a week are spent in College. 750 hours work placement is required in total.

This course is a lot of work and takes up a lot of your time to complete but when I finish I will be a qualified Level 3 practitioner. We spend three days in College completing units of work. Each is on different section we will need to know in order to look after children efficiently. We also spend two days a week out at a work placement for unit 16, which is a Personal Practice Portfolio. I really enjoy going out to placement as it gives me a lot of practical experience of working with children.

Amber Phillingham, Childcare and Education student