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This course will help develop your understanding of the needs of children aged 5-7yrs. It will offer you all the skills and knowledge required to become an Early Years Educator and at the end of your programme, you will be awarded a licence to practice in a setting with children aged 0-5yrs.

This qualification is equivalent of three A Levels and carries the same UCAS points tariff, so you will not study additional subjects within your core Study Programme.

Your week will be split between classroom-based learning and placement days where you will have the opportunity to put your knowledge into practice in a practical environment.

You will study the following topics:

  • Child development
  • Child health and wellbeing
  • Health and safety
  • Play and learning
  • Special educational needs
  • Observing, assessing and planning activities
  • Literacy and Mathematics in Early Years
  • Working in partnership with parents and other professionals
  • International perspectives on Early Years education

You will need (or equivalent to);

  • GCSE Mathematics grade 4/C or above
  • GCSE English Language or Literature grade 4/C or above
  • plus three more GCSEs grade 4/C or above
  • to have a DBS check to allow you to participate in work placements. We can discuss this process with you at your Advice and Guidance session following your application to Huish.


Your practical skills will be assessed on placement giving you the chance to demonstrate your professional development and you will build a portfolio of coursework to be assessed by your Teacher. Each year you will sit a 20 hour synoptic assessment which will be marked by the exam board.

You can go on to work in an Early Years Setting as the course gives you a license to practice, meaning you will be counted as a fully qualified member of staff and included in the adult to child ratio. Huish offers a number of Apprenticeships in this area which you may be interested in. Alternatively, students have gone onto to university courses such as Early Childhood Studies, Play Specialists, Child Psychology courses or Teacher Training.

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.


Childcare is enjoyable and motivating. In my previous schools, I have struggled with finding a subject I really enjoy and do well in, but when I came to Huish, I finally found a course that I love. This course can help me with my future career plans.

“Childcare and Education at Huish is fun, interesting and rewarding. You have the chance to learn about many new things in the subject such as, development, health and play. This course has helped me to become more confident, and to plan my path ahead for the future. The classes are fairly small, so you have great opportunities to talk to others and make new friends who have similar interests. Also, in Childcare you will be able to aim for an A* grade. In previous schools, I never achieved an A*, so it is great to be able to achieve a high grade in a subject that interests you”.

Childcare is an interesting, exciting, and enjoyable subject. This course has helped me learn and explore different areas about children and identify children’s personality and uniqueness. I found this course very different in what I have previously done at school as this course is based on writing short/long essays, whereas before I would mainly write notes, listen to the teacher for a long time and write short paragraphs. However, at the start of the year I found it helpful that the Teacher, and all the other students would help each other in learning new techniques, which has led me to get 4 A*’s and one B, which is higher than I’ve gotten before. The classroom is an enjoyable environment, and we get great opportunities to go out to placement twice a week so we can use all our knowledge in practice. This is also important as it allows us to get some time working with children of all different ages.

“Childcare at Huish is a very interesting and lovely course. The workload is just right and hasn’t been too hard or too easy. It’s very different from school, there’s so much more freedom. The course has enabled me to spend time with children, push myself to plan their activities and explore their interests. Gemma is an amazing teacher and always encourages us to aim for the highest grades, and I’ve made many friends”.