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 the early years sector there are a variety of employment opportunities in the statutory, private or voluntary areas, 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 be a support worker in schools, be a nanny, children’s nurse, child minder, early years practitioner; social worker or teacher. 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 2 and 3 you will gain valuable vocational 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.

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The course is very practical based and allowed me to gain useful experience. The tutors are easy to talk to and always offer support. I travel in from the Telford area and have received support through a travel pass.

Stephanie Nicholls
Stephanie Nicholls
Level 3 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:

  • Playwork Leader £12,000 - £30,000
  • Nursery Worker £14,000 - £24,000

You could move on to be a:

  • Nursery Manager £23,000 - £45,000
  • Ofsted Inspector £43,500 - £71,000

Source: National Careers Service

My Early Years practice has given me a wide range of experiences working in small as well as large settings with children from 0-7 years. Currently I continue to deliver a wide range of Early Years training both independently and with other professionals to practitioners working with children and families, also covering all aspects of Safeguarding and Child Protection. These experiences enable me to share many stories with students and ensure that they are up to date with current legislation and practice.