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Early Years and Education

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If you want to work with children in an early years or education setting, these courses will help you to get a head start in this rewarding sector.

Whether you want to work in a nursery or Children’s Centre, become a nanny, or maybe a teaching assistant in a school, having a recognised qualification will be essential.

Our courses range from Level 1 to Level 5 (university-level study) so you could progress right through to degree-level with us. You’ll be based in our brand new City Hub and programmes include a mix of classroom learning, practical assessments, visits and placements.

Level 3 courses will lead to early years educator status, which is the ‘gold standard’ for the early years workforce. These courses also contain an extended work placement.

Most courses include work experience, and we have extensive links with local schools and nurseries. You can also study early years courses through an apprenticeship route in the workplace.

After you complete your qualification you could apply for a job in industry or progress to our foundation degrees in early years studies or supporting teaching and learning in schools.

You can download a course or apprenticeship guide here.

Levels

Our courses range from Level 1 to Level 5 (university-level study), so you could progress right through to degree-level with us. Programmes include a mix of classroom learning, practical assessments, visits and placements. Level 3 full-time courses will lead to Early Years Educator status, which is the new gold standard for early years workers.

Careers in Early Years and Education

With the ever-growing and developing early years and education sectors, there are a variety of job opportunities available within the early years and education sectors.

At Nottingham College, we have the expertise and knowledge to fully equip our students to succeed in their future careers.

We have strong links in the industry both locally and nationally, so you can rest assured that you will be on the right path to your dream job after your study with us.

There are a vast number of career options in the industry – whether you would like to be a Breakfast or After School Club Worker, Children’s Representative/Holiday Creche Worker, Early Years Practitioner (EYP), Holiday Club Supervisor, Nanny, Nursery Assistant, Specialist One-To-One Child Support Worker, Teacher (after university-level study), Teaching Assistant – there are many choices available to you.

Did you know?

  • It is estimated that there will be as many as 20,000 job roles in the early years sector in the East Midlands by 2020.
  • The average salary for Nursery Teacher jobs is £19,790.
  • You could earn £41,000 a year as a Primary and Nursery Education Teacher.
  • Early Years teacher salaries will be in the region of £16,000 to £18,000.
  • After gaining experience and expertise, Early Years Teachers may be able to achieve salaries of £22,000 to £30,000.

Not sure what you'd like to study?

Are you interested in Early Years and Education but not sure which course is right for you? You can receive Careers Advice before you decide which course is best for you! Apply through our Application Portal using the link below and our Careers Advisors will help you find the perfect course that's suited to you!

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Caring for Children (Level 1 NCFE) - Full-time

This course is perfect if you like working with children, want to pursue a career in Early Years and are looking to gain the skills to achieve this.

Childcare and Education (NCFE Level 3 Certificate) - Full-time

This course is perfect if you want to develop your skills and understanding within the Early Years and Education Sector, would like to work with children from birth to 7 years, and want to progress into a career within the…

Childcare and Education (NCFE Level 3 Diploma) - Full-time

This course is perfect if you’ve completed the Level 3 Certificate in Childcare and Education. This year will give you more skills and competencies working in Early Years and provide UCAS points for university. You’ll earn a Level 3 Diploma…

Early Years Practitioner (Level 2 NCFE Diploma) - Full-time

This course is perfect if you want to work in a nursery, or other Early Years setting with children from birth to 5 years, and gain knowledge of working with children up to 7 years.

Introducing Caring for Children and Young People (NCFE Level 2 Certificate) - Online Learning

This qualification covers the responsibilities of being a parent and also covers the skills needed when babysitting

Principles of Internet Safety (CPD) - Online Learning

This course aims to increase awareness of e-safety and improve knowledge of the dangers online when using the internet.

Safeguarding Adults and Children (CPD) - Online Learning

This online course aims to give you the knowledge you need to understand the impact of and key issues surrounding the safeguarding of adults and children. This includes how to recognise, respond to and reduce the likelihood of abuse.

Supporting Teaching and Learning (NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma) - Part-time

This course is the next step on from the Level 2 Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning and will support you to enhance your understanding and your professional practice in the classroom.

Supporting Teaching and Learning (NCFE CACHE Level 2 Certificate) - Part-time

If you find supporting children and young people learn in the classroom enjoyable and rewarding, this is the course for you.

Understanding Behaviour that Challenges (NCFE Level 2 Certificate) - Online Learning

This qualification is designed to increase your awareness and understanding of behaviour that challenges and its effects.

Understanding Specific Learning Difficulties (NCFE Level 2 Certificate) - Online Learning

This qualification aims to give you knowledge of different Specific Learning Difficulties, how they are diagnosed and how individuals can be supported.

Working with Individuals with Learning Disabilities (NCFE Level 2 Certificate) - Online Learning

This qualification aims to give you the knowledge and understanding to work with individuals with learning disabilities or difficulties.

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