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Level: 3

Location: The RoundHouse

Years: 2

Interview: Y

Course Summary

This is a two year technical study programme, designed with employers to give young people the skills that the childcare and education sector needs. It will provide a mixture of:

Technical knowledge and skills

An industry placement of at least 45 days Iin childcare settings

Relevantt maths, English and digital skills

Entry requirements

A minimum of 5 GCSE at grade 5 or above including English and maths

Course Content

you will study:

Core knowledge and skills relevant to the childcare and education sector for example child development and supporting education.

Occupational specific specialist skills and knowledge

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed via a variety of methods such as external exam, controlled assessments, employer led set project and synoptically through practical assignments.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

You need flat shoes and smart trousers and you should purchase a placement top from College

What can I do after this course?

Further Study

apprenticeship , higher level  or higher education for example Primary education.



Early Years practitioner

Teaching Assistant

Nursery  Nurse


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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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