If you would love to work with children and make a real difference to their lives, our childcare courses could be perfect for you. The knowledge and practical experience you will gain on your course will lead you towards a successful career in this rewarding sector.
Trips and visits
You will have the opportunity to take part in fascinating visits to unique places such as the International Slavery Museum, Eureka Museum and the Thackray Medical Museum. Students have also been on exciting international trips to Prague, Disneyland Paris, and Poland.
We also encourage our level 3 childcare students to visit different universities. Last year students visited Edge Hill University and took part in mock seminars and lectures.
As a childcare student, you will have the opportunity to take part in valuable work placements, furthering your practical skills and industry knowledge. The college has excellent links with a range of private day nurseries, primary schools and childminders, both in the local area and further afield.
You will also be able to meet childcare guest speakers and hear about the different roles and career prospects available in the industry. Previous guest speakers have included a Nursery Manager's discussions with students on work placement expectations and explaining The University of Chester's wide range of available higher education opportunities.
16-18 Years Old
If you are a school leaver studying childcare, you will begin by acquiring the basic skills required to work in this industry, such as communication and leadership skills. As you progress, you will learn all about child growth and development as well as learning how to educate young children, and gain your early years educator qualification. As part of your course, you will take part in a regular work placement, which will equip you with valuable practical experience as well as preparing you for entry into the workplace.
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We have a range of adult childcare courses, including online and part time courses, suitable for those who are seeking employment within an early years or educational setting. Perhaps you have always dreamed of working with children, or are already working within the sector and want to gain a qualification. Whatever your ambition, our expert tutors will provide all the support you need to achieve it.
Behaviour Management in Early Years
HNC Early Childhood Education & Care
Level 2 Award Introduction to Neuroscience in Early Years
Level 2 Certificate Introducing Caring for Children and Young People
Level 2 Certificate Understanding Adverse Childhood Experiences
Level 2 Certificate Understanding Children and Young People's Mental Health
Level 2 Early Years Practitioner Apprenticeship
Level 3 Certificate Childcare & Education
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Higher Education Learner
Our HNC in Early Childhood Education & Care allows students to take their first step into higher education and prepare for employment or university. The course will greatly develop your knowledge of the early years sector as well as boost your practical skills via extensive work experience.
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Meet our students
The best aspect of this course is the support we get from the tutors. My tutor makes sure that I fully understand my work and always encourages me to do my best."
Sophie Paradoe, a former Hartford Church of England High School pupil, is currently in the second year of her Level 3 Childcare course. She is happy to be gaining the knowledge, skills, and experience needed to begin her dream career as an early years primary school teacher.
Meet our tutors
Charlotte Marshall is Curriculum Manager for Childcare and Health & Social Care, and has been teaching at the college for six years. Charlotte was previously a nursery manager and has an abundance of industry experience to share with her students.
Charlotte has also achieved a BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies and an MA Education from the University of Chester. Charlotte loves teaching at the college and helping her students reach their career goals.