Childcare and Early Years Courses

Our Childcare and Early Years courses are delivered by tutors with a wealth of experience in the childcare sector and their professional expertise is valued by our students.

There are excellent facilities including well-equipped classrooms with interactive technology and resources for an early years setting. Further Education qualifications are designed to build the knowledge and skills needed when working with children and young people from birth to 19 years. Work experience is a significant element of childcare and health and social care study programmes. As well as Further education courses, students can also choose to undertake an Apprenticeship allowing them to earn while they learn, as well as gaining first-hand experience in a childcare or nursery working environment.

The practical element of my course has been most useful for me. We were able to do a six month placement which supplemented my theoretical learning and helped develop employability skills, I’m now going on to a Level 3 Apprenticeship with Pebbles Nursery in ClactonLouise Stringer – Early Years, progressed from Clacton Coastal Academy

The School of Health and Social Sciences at University Centre Colchester (UCC) offers undergraduate Early Years Education programmes that cover a wide range of subjects and offer a holistic approach to child development. Students develop their knowledge and understanding through practice based studies and can choose option modules in areas of particular interest. The Higher Education Centre at UCC provides a great range of specialist facilities for students including well-equipped teaching spaces and private study areas.

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Caring for Children Under Five BTEC Level 1
Children's Play, Learning and Development Level 3
Early Years Practitioner Level 2

Georgia Pearce
Children’s Play, Learning and Development Level 3

"My course is really enjoyable and it’s great that everyone is so friendly and supportive. I like the layout and the size of the Braintree Campus. I plan to continue my training after the course has finished and eventually want to work with children with special needs. "

Rachel Cobb
Children’s Play, Learning and Development Level 3

"I liked the great opportunities this course offered, learning about children’s growth and development. The staff are really supportive and caring. "

Georgia Carrington
Children’s Play, Learning and Development Level 3

"I like learning about children and how they grow and develop through their early years. The learning is thorough and the staff are lovely and supportive."

Early Years EducatorLevel 3 Apprenticeship
Early Years PractitionerLevel 2 Apprenticeship
Teaching AssistantLevel 3 Apprenticeship

Early Years Educator (CACHE Diploma) Level 3
Introduction to Early Years Education and Care (CACHE Certificate) Level 2