Prepare for a career in the rewarding early years industry with our focused programmes.

More than two thirds of families in the UK use childcare. Demand is particularly high for places for children aged three and four.

If you enjoy working with children and are keen to contribute to their social and emotional development, a career in childcare could be right for you.

You will learn about the importance of developing children through play and creating a safe, healthy and nurturing environment for children.

Prepare for a career in the rewarding early years industry with our programmes. We will prepare you for careers such as:

  • nanny/ home-based child carer
  • early years assistant
  • pre-school/ nursery foundation/ SEN assistant


Childcare: Discover a rewarding career in childcare with a programme that blends classroom study and practical work experience, developing your expertise and technique. 


We offer childcare programmes from Level 1 (equivalent to GCSEs grades D-F or 3-1) to Level 3 diploma (equivalent to A-levels). 


Our facilities mirror those that you will find in the workplace. You will learn in a childcare suite, a realistic nursery environment where students can develop practical skills and techniques. The suite boasts a story time area and a play and discovery space, so that you'll get the opportunity to practice your skills in a realistic working environment. This means you will be more confident when you progress to employment. 

Career pathways

A career pathway is a a plan, with clear, practical steps you can take to achieve the career of your dreams. This will help equip you with the skills, attributes and knowledge that future employers want, giving you a greater chance of success.

Our career pathway maps will show you the best routes through college, higher education and employment and into the most popular industry sectors.

Find out more about Career Pathways

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 sponsor the childcare suite, helping students gain the skills needed for a successful career in childcare. Visiting speakers have taken part in masterclasses to tell students about their experience in the industry and what their roles involve, etc. 

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