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Ear­ly Years and Education

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.

DBS Check

Our Lev­el 2 and 3 stu­dents and some Lev­el 1 stu­dents will com­plete a place­ment in a nurs­ery or a school and in order to do this you will need to have a DBS which shows that you are safe to work with children. 

To receive a DBS Cer­tifi­cate, you will need to com­plete an appli­ca­tion (we will help you with this, don’t wor­ry) and you need to pro­vide identification. 

You will need two of the following: 

  • Pass­port
  • Birth cer­tifi­cate
  • Full or pro­vi­sion­al dri­ving licence 

You will also need to pro­vide us with your proof of address that is on a bank state­ment or a ben­e­fit let­ter with your name on it. 

Please do your best to have the ID ready before you start your course. 


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.

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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…

Children, Young People and Families Practitioner - Higher Apprenticeship (Level 4)

If you are looking to advance your career in social care, then this apprenticeship could be for you.

Early Years Educator - Advanced Apprenticeship (Level 3)

This apprenticeship develops the knowledge and skills relating to the Early Years Educator within a care and education setting.

Early Years Practitioner - Intermediate Apprenticeship (Level 2)

If you would like a career in early years and want to earn while you learn, then this apprenticeship could be for you.

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.

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

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

Learning Mentor - Advanced Apprenticeship (Level 3)

If you are interested in a career in the education sector providing advice, guidance and mentoring then this apprenticeship may be for you!

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.

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).

Teaching Assistant - Advanced Apprenticeship (Level 3)

If you would like to advance your career as a Teaching Assistant in Primary, Special and Secondary education this apprenticeship could be what you are looking for!

Understanding Behaviour that Challenges (TQUK 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 (TQUK 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 (TQUK 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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