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Level: 0

Location: The RoundHouse

Years: 1

Interview: Y

Course Summary

This course provides an introduction to working with people in an Early Years setting. It will develop your skills for progression to further learning and ultimately employment.

It is made up of units providing a broad introduction to working with children. There is also a focus on key transferable skills. 

Entry requirements

All applicants are assessed on an individual basis and an interview is essential.  A GCSE profile of -E grades is desirable. 

Good attendance, punctuality, self-motivation and a positive attitude to study should be evident from your Record of Achievement.


Course Content

You will study units such as:

  • self-assessment
  • career progression
  • communication in the care sector

You will also study Functional Skills or GCSEs in English and Maths as well as Employability and Personal Development.

Developing your maths and English skills will support your main study programme, help your future progression and enhance your life skills.  

How will I be assessed?

There is continual assessment using a variety of methods such as written assessments, presentations, displays and practical activities.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?


What can I do after this course?

Further Study

You may be able to progress to a Level 1 course in Health and Social Care or Early Years - subject to good attendance, a good work rate and a positive attitude to study. You can also advance to further training opportunities.



You can consider working with people - either children or adults - in roles such as care assistant or children's practitioner.

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This course is run at the Roundhouse Campus

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Harli-Marie Richards

Harli-Marie Richards

Exploring the rewards of a childcare career

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.


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