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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.

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.

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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Early Years Studies Foundation Degree (Level 5) - Part-time

This course is designed for people working in the early years’ sector and wish to progress to work as a senior practitioner or on to an early years’ teacher training course.

Supporting Teaching and Learning in School Foundation Degree (Level 5) - Part-time

If you’re currently working in a school in Key Stage One or Two, this course will allow you to progress your career towards Qualified Teaching Status (QTS).

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