Early Years

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If you are interested in working with children, our range of courses will give you hands-on work experience and the qualifications to ensure that you are prepared for a rewarding career in childcare.

Within childcare there are a variety of employment opportunities in the statutory, private or voluntary sectors, allowing you to fulfil your passion in giving children the best possible start in life.

We will help you to start a career in childcare, regardless of your qualifications, whether you aspire to work in schools, be a nanny, maternity nurse, child minder, nursery worker or au pair. The courses will cover all essential areas of childcare, including the role of the Early Years practitioner, legislation relating to children’s welfare and supporting children’s play and their development.

At Shrewsbury College we offer courses ranging from Level 1 to Level 3 Diplomas plus two Foundation Degrees. You will be able to progress through the course levels where, at Level 3, you will gain valuable work experience needed for your first job or the credits needed for university.

Our classes demonstrate the trend of more males entering the industry, challenging stereotypes and demonstrating gender equality to young children. There are also part-time courses available, leading to qualifications in this sector for those who have other commitments.

A Level Options
This subject area has courses which can be taken alongside A Levels and other qualifications.

Ready for work?
An apprenticeship could be for you!

I really enjoyed doing work experience as it gave me the opportunity to put everything I was learning on the course into practise. I think doing a work placement is fundamental when studying because most employers now want you to have some experience in the role you apply for.

Lauren Neal
Childcare

Past Students

Careers range from assistants in early years settings through to classroom assistants, play leadership, nursery management, teaching and nursing as well as exciting opportunities abroad. Many of our students go on to study a related degree at university.

Career Options

Career options and national starting averages include:

  • Nursery Worker £10,000+
  • Playwork Leader £13,000+

You could move on to be a:

  • Nursery Manager £22,000+
  • Ofsted Inspector £64,000+

Source: National Careers Service