Early Years

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Why choose a career in Early Years?

The early years of a child’s life play a critical part in their development and the person they will become. Playing a role in the early development of a child is hard work but extremely rewarding. If you want to gain the practical and personal skills needed to equip you to work in the early years sector, then we can help.

 

Why choose us?

Our programmes will enable you to develop your skills and understanding of settings which promote the latest in early years education and child development, which include forest schools, Montessori approaches, natural play, etc. Your programme includes the development of your practical skills and your theoretical understanding, along with specialist work placements to allow you to gain experience in real early years working environments. You will develop your awareness of best practice in working with children from birth to 5 years and through to Key Stage 1.

Our tutors are highly experienced and have excellent links with employers, ensuring you get real experience in the workplace to develop your practical caring and educating skills. At the Crewe Campus, we also have Starting Point Day Nursery; our own Ofsted-rated outstanding on-site facility. You could progress into a variety of careers in the early years sector including Teacher, Classroom Assistant, Nanny, Nursery Practitioner, Play Worker or Social Worker.

Student Spotlight

Megan Giles

Early Years CACHE Diploma Level 3

Bishops’ Blue Coat Church of England High School

“At school I knew I wanted to do childcare so I came to a College Open Evening and
spoke to tutors about my options and this confirmed I was making the right choice if I
wanted to go into this industry. “I started on the Level 2 CACHE programme and progressed to the Level 3 which I will complete next year. I have gained in confidence, made new friends and had a lot of new experiences. During the course I have taken part in work placements in a nursery, which we do alongside attending College. This has given me the chance to put into practice the skills and knowledge I have gained as part of the course. “Doing the work placements has confirmed that going into childcare is what I want to do. Once I complete the second year, I will be able to go straight
into employment as a Nursery Nurse or Au Pair and eventually progress to reach management level. I’m really pleased I came to College as it’s given me skills and confidence I will need to be successful.”

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