If you want to work as a nursery worker, SEN teaching assistant or setting manager, this could be the right career pathway for you.

Choose a career pathway in childcare

More than two thirds of families use some form of childcare, with a shortage of places specially for three and four year olds. Recently, the government introduced 30 funded childcare hours per week for three and four year olds, which means demand is only likely to increase. 

Opportunities abound in the early years and education industry. Our programmes will prepare you for a career in this rewarding industry, with a combination of lectures and work experience opportunities helping build up your confidence and skills. 

What is a career pathway?

A career pathway is a series of building blocks that will take you to your future career. Our career pathway maps will show you the best routes through college, higher education and employment and into the most popular industry sectors.

Our aim is to offer every learner a direct line of sight to employment. This means that we will equip you with the skills, attributes and knowledge that future employers want, giving you a greater chance to succeed.

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What could my future job look like? 

Here are some examples of the tasks that you may be carrying out:

  • Nursery worker: help children develop and learn through play, monitoring their developmental progress and ensuring their wellbeing, in a range of settings.
  • Nanny: help care for a child in their own home, including carrying out some housework tasks and helping the child access after school clubs.
  • Teaching assistant: help with academic and administrative tasks at a school or pre-school setting, including working on a one-to-one basis with students.
  • Educational psychologist: evaluate a child, usually at home or in an educational setting, to identify any areas where the child would benefit from additional support and work with other specialists to devise a support package. 


Our aim is to equip you to be successful in the job market,

whether you are heading for a job straight after your time at

college, plan to take a university-level programme first or are

already working in a part-time job.

Industry partnerships

We work in partnership with employers to develop learning programmes that meet the needs of the industry. For example, The Co-operative Childcare sponsored the childcare suite, helping students gain the skills needed for a successful career in childcare. They have also taken part in masterclasses. 

As a childcare student you will take part in work placements, helping you build up to 650 hours of invaluable work experience every year.