Childcare

Childcare

If you are passionate about working with children, our childcare courses can provide you with the specialist training and hands-on experience required for a successful career within this sector. To be a success in the childcare industry it is essential that you have a professional qualification within your portfolio of qualifications – this shows employers that you have the skills and confidence to deal with a whole range of situations that you may encounter when working with children.

Who are Leicester College's childcare courses for?

We offer a range of full and part-time courses. All learners, on successful completion of a childcare course, will achieve a professional qualification that will enable them to progress into employment, higher education, or further training.

Our courses range from entry level through to level 5. The courses include elements of caring for children and young people and working with children in different settings. We have specialist support courses which are aimed at learners who want to become a teaching assistant in a school environment. We also have work-based qualifications that include units of child development, child health, how to observe children and more. Our level 5 course is the Foundation Degree in Children, Families and Community Health. This exciting course combines both work placement and study to help develop learners’ personal and study skills.

If you are aged 16 to 19 and don’t yet have your English and maths at grade 4 (C) or above, these subjects will be an essential part of your study programme. All courses are designed to give you the skills and knowledge needed to work in the childcare industry.

Further Information

We have close links with a number of local childcare organisations, allowing you to put into practice the skills you have learnt on your course. This experience looks great on your CV too. Alternatively, there may be an opportunity to work in one of our own nurseries on campus, which have both been graded as Outstanding by Ofsted inspections.

All learners enrolled on Childcare courses must have an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check, have good attendance records and be able to provide positive references.

Cara Bennett

Cara Bennett

Children, Families and Community Health Certificate of Higher Education

“I was pregnant with my first child in my final year and it was difficult to come to college with morning sickness and tiredness. I still managed to maintain good attendance, finishing my modules with six distinctions and three merits."

She won the Chair of Governor’s Award for Student Engagement – it is an award given to a student who has played an active role in the Colleges HE community. Cara won this award for all the work she did with the HE office, her Student Ambassador role within the Student Union.

Childcare and Education EYE Certificate level 3

Course Code: C4566

Key Information

  • Start Date 02 Sep 2019
  • Study Hours Full Time
  • Duration 1 year
  • Campus Abbey Park Campus

This level 3 course code is for students aged 16-18. For applications for students aged 19 and over, please use course code C0483 which is the same qualification, but for adults only. The CACHE level 3 Certificate in Childcare and Education (Early Years Educator) enables you to gain the knowledge and experience which will allow […]

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Childcare Certificate level 2

Course Code: C3067

Key Information

  • Start Date 02 Sep 2019
  • Study Hours Full Time
  • Duration 1 year
  • Campus Abbey Park Campus

The aim of this qualification is to prepare learners to work with children between birth and five years, with knowledge of children up to seven years. It is suitable for a range of learners from the age of 16 onwards who have little or no experience in childcare. This course contains all the core elements […]

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Introduction to Health, Social Care and Children

Course Code: C3061

Key Information

  • Start Date 02 Sep 2019
  • Study Hours Full Time
  • Duration 1 year
  • Campus Abbey Park Campus

This course is for students aged 16-18 only. It is a level 1 course that explores the world of caring professions. The course allows you to develop an awareness of the sector as a whole, as well as improving your English and maths skills. Whilst on the course you will explore the different jobs associated […]

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Early Years Workforce (EYE) Diploma level 3

Course Code: C0483

Key Information

  • Start Date 04 Sep 2019
  • Study Hours Part Time
    6 hours per week
  • Duration 1 year
  • Campus Abbey Park Campus

The course is designed for students who are 19+ and entails working with children in different settings. It focuses on current requirements of provision, based on legislation, for different settings and on workers’ responsibilities in professional care environments. The level 3 diploma for the early years workforce (Early Years Educator) prepares students to become early […]

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Specialist Support in Teaching and Learning in Schools Diploma level 3

Course Code: C3142

Key Information

  • Start Date 10 Sep 2019
  • Study Hours Full Time
  • Duration 1 year
  • Campus Abbey Park Campus

This qualification is targeted at applicants aged 19 and over. It provides an in-depth understanding of the knowledge and skills needed when working directly with children and young people in school and college environments. It covers all aspects of specialist support, including: planning; delivering and reviewing assessment strategies to support learning alongside the teacher; bilingual […]

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Introducing Caring for Children and Young People Certificate level 2

Course Code: C5542

Key Information

  • Start Date Various
  • Study Hours Part Time
    10 hours per week
  • Duration 9 weeks
  • Campus DISTANCE

This is a distance learning course for people who are 19 and over. Throughout this qualification you will explore how children’s development can be influenced by various factors and gain an understanding of the important safeguarding responsibilities of those who care for children and young people. You will also discover the importance of activities, play […]

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Paediatric First Aid Award level 3

Course Code: C6367

Key Information

  • Start Date Various
  • Study Hours Part Time
  • Duration Various
  • Campus Offsite

We recognise that it is not always easy to release staff to undertake first aid training in business hours. With this in mind, we can now come to you. If you are a manager or owner of an early years setting or work with children or babies on a regular basis, we are able to […]

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Understanding Children and Young People’s Mental Health Certificate level 2

Course Code: C6303

Key Information

  • Start Date Various
  • Study Hours Part Time
  • Duration 9 weeks
  • Campus DISTANCE

Mental health problems affect around 1 in 10 children and young people. These issues include depression, anxiety, and conduct disorder and can often be a direct response to an occurrence in their life. Emotional wellbeing is just as important as a child’s physical wellbeing, therefore, it is important that professionals are trained to spot warning […]

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