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If you would like to work with children and help to make a real impact on their development, then you could be destined for a career in childcare.

You will gain the skills, knowledge and experience needed to work in this rewarding sector, including learning how to support children’s emotional and social needs, as well as planning a safe childcare environment.

Why choose us?

  • Employer links
    We have a wide range of links with private day nurseries, primary schools and childminders in the local area and further afield. This will help to broaden your career prospects and help you to secure work placements in your preferred career.
  • Work placement
    You will complete 250 hours of work placement experience in a childcare setting. Working with children of different ages ranging from 0 – 7, will maximise your experience and increase your practical skills.
  • Trips and visits
    Trips and visits will take place to exhibitions at places such as the Slavery Museum, Eureka Science Museum and the Thackray Medical Museum to enhance your knowledge of this sector.
  • Facilities
    Our childcare classrooms are designed to immerse you in the early years sector. You will have access to learning and development equipment and resources to enhance your teaching and care skills.

Career options

After getting a flavour of a variety of childcare environments during your work placements, you are sure to gain real inspiration for your future career. There are plenty of opportunities available to you, whether you would like to become an early years teacher in a primary school, or would prefer to work in a nursery setting.


  • Child Protection Officer
  • Childminder
  • Nursery Practitioner
  • Playworker
  • Primary School Teacher
  • Special Educational Needs Teacher
  • Teaching Assistant
  • Youth Worker

Meet our Childcare tutor, Charlotte Marshall:

Meet our students

Meet childcare student Alex SaundersAlex Saunders decided against staying on at his school sixth form. He knew he had made the right decision in choosing Warrington & Vale Royal College, as everyone on his course was open, kind and accepting. “Working in childcare can be quite challenging emotionally, but the tutors are really comforting and teach you how to support yourself in this working environment.”

Alex has gained extensive work experience during the course, working with lots of different age groups and young people with behavioural and learning needs.

Meet our alumni

Our students have progressed on to a huge variety of opportunities, with former students attending universities including Chester, Salford and Liverpool John Moores to study courses such as Primary Teaching and Paediatric Nursing.