With over 100,000 nurseries, home-based childminders and workplace crèches, and more than 3.5 million children aged four and under in the UK, there is a constant flow of job opportunities within this rewarding sector.
If you’re warm, creative and committed to making sure that children are happy, safe and get the best start in life, then a job in childcare will be perfect for you.
Entry level opportunities such as nursery assistants and childminders can lead to fulfilling careers managing childcare centres or having your own childcare business. As you’ll be working with children, background checks will be carried out on you by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).
Our childcare students are based at our Stevenage Campus.
Our childcare courses include lots of opportunities for you to get hands on experience of the world of work, including:
Work experience with businesses like Busy Bees, Kinders Mill Day Nursery, Strathmore School, St Andrews and Weston Way Nursery and Keech Hospice Care
Attending work placement two days a week with children aged 0-8 (level 2 and 3 childcare students)
Engagement with guest speakers from businesses like Busy Bees, TUI Group, Ofsted, parents and home based Practitioners
Enrichment activities such as outdoor classrooms, visits to Nursery World Exhibition, the UCAS convention and museums linking to Child Development.
This course is assessed through assignments, projects, placement and an exam. You will be required to complete 350 hours of work experience to show competence in working with children.
We offer a range of full-time and part-time courses, at different levels, to help you progress into the career you want. Our courses cover all aspects of childcare and playwork and offer you both direct access employment as well as progression to higher education:
Childcare in nursery settings: nursery assistants work with babies and young children from birth up to the age of five. You’ll learn how to plan and supervise play and learning activities like arts and crafts, music and cooking, as well as how to develop the children’s numeracy and literacy skills. You’ll also learn how to feed and change children as well as monitor and record their progress to feed back to parents and carers.
Home-based childcare: these courses are suitable if you’re considering childminding. A childminder works with children for more than two hours a day in their own home, performing a very similar role to a nursery assistant. Childminding is not an easy ‘stay-at-home’ job, as you’ll be regularly monitored by Ofsted and your local authority to ensure you’re working to legal regulations. You’ll develop business skills such as marketing, budget management, writing policies and risk assessments in order to run and promote a childminding business.
Early years education: these courses will prepare you for roles such as teaching assistants, nursery nurses or support teachers to aid children with learning activities in the classroom. You’ll learn about child development, safeguarding and the role of play in education. Teaching assistants often work with children who have learning needs and your role is to ensure that they can access and enjoy schoolwork and develop their literacy, numeracy and social skills. Nursery nurses work with children to develop their play and learning; your role is to ensure that they can access and enjoy their play to ensure they meet all areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage.