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Introduction to Early Years Education and Care

This one year course could be the perfect choice for you if you want to work within early years care and education, learning through a combination of both practical and academic study.

This course is aimed at adults who will attend College one evening a week, learning the essential knowledge required to work with children, before putting theory into practice during a placement in an early years setting for two days a week. This can be a voluntary placement or employment within early years.

You will be taught by supportive and professional staff, using a variety of methods that includes the latest technology and our extensive bank of early years resources.

Your study will include the following:
Child Development 0-7 years
Play and Learning
Safe and Healthy Practice

Entry Requirements:
GCSE English Language (or equivalent) at grade D
GCSE Maths (or equivalent) at grade D

However please contact to discuss individual opportunities if you do not meet these requirements.

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What will I learn?

"The course was local and exactly what I needed to further my career. When I opened my results I felt so happy and very proud of myself, gaining a first was a result of both the hard work and the guidance I received from the course team. I can now fulfil my ambition of opening a kindergarten abroad."Ben Steadman

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