Education & Early Years

Subject Intent: Why Education & Early Years?

Government changes and the early years funding entitlement for two year olds aims has led to an increased demand for early year’s practitioners, teaching assistants and teachers. The T Level 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 successful transition into the next stage of education, training or employment. Studying the education and early years curriculum enables students to enter the workforce as early years educators, 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?

  • Support and promote children’s play, development and early education. 
  • Develop relationships with children to facilitate their development.
  • Plan, provide and review care, play and educational opportunities to enable children to progress.
  • Safeguard and promote the health, safety and wellbeing of children.
  • Work in partnership with colleagues, parents, carers and other professionals to support children’s development.

Education & Early Years

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

What are lessons like in this subject?

This course is for you if you want a career working with children up to the age of 7 years. The course is challenging and requires stamina and organisational skills; students find the experience on the course life changing and rewarding. On successful completion at the end of the two years, you will achieve the ‘license to practice’ part of the qualification. The course includes attendance at placements, and you will be expected to pass competencies on your work placement, as well as completing college work to a high standard, to be successful on the course. Lessons are engaging and very interactive. You will learn how to plan activities and make resources ready for early years teaching. We have educational trips to Eureka, forest schools and an opportunity to travel abroad to work with children in more deprived countries.  On completion of the course, you can consider the following career pathways either through Higher Education, Training or Employment: early years teacher, primary school teacher, early years practitioner, teaching assistant, play therapist, nanny in UK or abroad, playworker & children’s centre worker. 

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I loved studying the Childcare course because it is really interesting and every day we discover and learn something new; either in the lesson or on placement. The course provides us with the opportunity to apply what we learn in college in practice through placement opportunities that allow us to gain experience in working with children.

Rehab Alhilaly, Carlton Bolling

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