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.

William Wray

William Wray

Diploma Childcare and Education

“I liked the sound of the course from the College open day, and the information I was provided with really helped make my decision.
“I feel that this course has benefited me very well as it has not only enabled me to meet new people, but its improved my confidence and my self-esteem along with helping me build on essential life skills in order for me to develop.
“My ambitions in life are to go on to study at Birmingham City University and complete three years to achieve my PGCE and go on into the teaching sector, ideally primary school teaching.”

Childcare and Education EYE Certificate level 3

Course Code: C4566

  • Start Date 03 Sep 2019
  • Study Hours Full Time
  • Duration 2 years
  • 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

  • Start Date 03 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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Introducing Caring for Children and Young People Certificate level 2

Course Code: C5542

  • 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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Introduction to Caring Professions Entry level

Course Code: C3060

  • Start Date 03 Sep 2019
  • Study Hours Full Time
  • Duration 1 year
  • Campus Abbey Park Campus

This course is students aged 16-18 only. It is designed to give you an introduction to the caring professions sector if you currently lack several good GCSEs. Whilst on the course you will explore the different jobs associated with working in caring professions and develop both your personal and social skills. In addition to your […]

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Introduction to Early Years Education and Care (EYE) Certificate level 2

Course Code: C5671

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

This programme is specifically designed for students over the age of 19. You will need to complete a portfolio demonstrating competency and knowledge in your childcare role. This involves workplace observations and other assessment methods. You will attend College one day a week for knowledge sessions to help you complete your portfolio to […]

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Introduction to Health, Social Care and Children’s and Young People’s Settings Diploma level 1

Course Code: C3061

  • Start Date 03 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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Understanding Children and Young People’s Mental Health Certificate level 2

Course Code: C6303

  • 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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