This qualification equips you with the skills and knowledge to work under supervision with children and their families in settings such as nurseries, children’s centres or pre-schools. You will study at the College as well as having a practical placement working with children.
You will need five GCSEs at grade D (grade 3), including Maths and English, along with evidence of good attendance, punctuality, self-motivation and a positive attitude to study.
You must be willing to provide evidence for an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check which will have to be self-funded.
You also need two references and to complete an Early Years taster day successfully.
You will need to wear flat shoes and smart trousers for your placement, along with a placement top that you can buy from the College.
You also need pens, paper and ring folders and to pay for your DBS check.
There may be educational visits across the year which require payment.
You can also progress to work under supervision in Early Years settings.
Taking children to see piglets and new-born lambs is all part of a day’s work for nursery practitioner Harli-Marie Richards. Having completed her childcare apprenticeship, Harli-Marie was taken on permanently by Derby College’s Little Explorers nursery at Broomfield Hall campus.
Before embarking on her apprenticeship, Harli-Marie took A-levels but had no interest in university. She spotted the nursery opportunity and hasn’t looked back since. She worked towards an advanced NVQ qualification while undertaking on-the-job training.
It’s a great job and I love the fact that the children are free to enjoy the outdoor space. Little Explorers is special and I can’t imagine any other nursery quite like ours. I definitely see my longterm career in nursery care – and I applied straight away when a permanent role became available at Little Explorers.