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Start Dates

September, January & April

About the course

This course will provide you with a foundational knowledge of childcare in the classroom. Working alongside others from a variety of early year settings learning about the value of play, child development, partnership with parents and building relationships with children. Opportunities to network with others and share good practice of your workplace and take part in college activities developing skills in ICT, English & Maths.

Entry requirements

You must be at least 19 years of age with a good understanding of written and spoken English.

After you have applied a tutor from the Early Years team will contact you to arrange an interview to discuss your options.

How much does it cost?


Concessions may be available, please request information upon application.

Who is it suitable for?

You do not need to be in paid employment but you should be volunteering in an early years setting for approximately 8 hours per week in a supervised assisting role. No experience necessary.

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Why study?

Opportunities to network with others and share good practice of your workplace and take part in College activities developing skills in ICT, English & Maths.

Where will this course take me?

Learners can progress to the NCFE/CACHE Level 3 Diploma Early Years Educator. or alternatively become an apprentice at Harlow College in Childcare. If wanting to move into working as a teaching assistant in a primary school, there is an opportunity to move into this sector as well at Harlow College.

Core modules

Child development, Safeguarding, Equality & Diversity, Communication & Building relationships, Health & Safety, Working in Partnership and Promoting positive behaviour.

Optional modules

Language, Literacy & Communication, Supporting children at meal times.

How will I be assessed?

The Diploma is assessed by a designated expert assessor who will carry out task observations and visit you at work. You will be required to produce a diploma portfolio recording all tasks completed which will be assessed. Other assessment methods include: Reflective accounts of work practice, oral questioning, work products.

Will I have to provide anything?

You will need to provide stationery, folder, A4 lined paper, plastic sleeves and dividers. Memory stick if using the computer. Recommended reading: Yvonne Nolan Diploma Health & Social Care Level 2 book for knowledge & Understanding.

I'm interested. What should I do now?

Call 01279 868100 and talk to an Admissions Adviser
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Funding Your Course

If you're aged 19 or over and you want to study A Levels, an Access to Higher Education Diploma, or a Level 3 to 6 Vocational Qualification, you could be eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan.