Subject Intent: Why Childcare?

Government changes and the early years funding entitlement for two year olds has led to an increased demand for early years practitioners, teaching assistants and teachers. The CACHE course helps to prepare students for a number of career pathways including teaching, social work and working in nurseries. The course ensures that learners graduate as confident and skilful childcare practitioners. Students are provided with an appropriate range of opportunities and experiences that inspire them and help successfully transition into the next stage of education, training or employment. Studying the Childcare curriculum enables students to enter the workforce, or access higher education. It provides students with knowledge of children from birth to seven years and gives them the opportunity to enter the work place as Early Years Educators.

What will I study?

You will study 7 units in year 1 alongside a work placement portfolio, and 7 units in year 2. The course covers a variety of information on the health and development of a child. Some of the units studied include:
  • Child Health
  • Play and Learning
  • Child Development
  • Reflective Practice


Please note: Subject videos have been filmed from colleges across our Trust.

What are lessons like in this subject?

Studying Early Years is a little different. Students have a week in placement and a week in college. NCB provides students with a Paediatric first aid certificate, an enhanced DBS form and a uniform - ready for placement. Students visit a Forest School Session , a trip to Eureka and visit local early years attractions. The course is challenging and very rewarding. At the end students have a licence to practice. Lessons are engaging and very interactive. Students learn how to plan activities and make resources ready for early years teaching. Students deliver presentations and carry out lots of role plays in lessons.

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I enjoy learning about childcare as it allows you to adapt the learning from the course into practice. I am looking forward to working with children on placement where I can learn new things to help me in the future.

Karima Khalifa , Carlton Bolling

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