Early Years


If you are aiming for a career in the childcare and Early Years sector, this course is a useful stepping stone. It is made up of mandatory and optional units (with a total of 35 credits and above). Units include: Introduction to Communication, Introduction to Personal Development; Introduction to Equality and Inclusion; Child and Young Person Development, Safeguarding the Welfare of Children and Young People; Contribute to Children and Young People's Health and Safety; Understand Partnership and Working in Services for Children and Young People.

Students also undertake around 200 hours of practical work experience and complete a Practical Evidence Portfolio

Aims of the course

To enable students to gain the skills needed to enter employment in the childcare and early year's sector.

Unit Breakdown

Contributing to the Support of the Child and Young Person's Development; Managing Paediatric Illness and Injury; Health and Safety; Understanding Partnership Working; Equality and Inclusion; Safeguarding; Positive Environments; and First Aid.

Assessment Method

Assignments, project based tasks, time constrained exams, assessments in the workplace.

Progression Opportunities

Successful completion of the programme can lead to the Level 3 Diploma in children's workforce (Early year's educator), Level 3 Award in Preparing to Work in Home Based Childcare or BTEC level 3 90 credit Health and Social Care, or to apprenticeship programmes.

Career Options

Seeking employment in a childcare setting.

What can I earn as an Early Years worker?

When you're deciding what to study post-16, it's important to think about where your course will lead. If you study for a vocational Early Years qualification you'll be starting on a varied career path with plenty of opportunity for progression ? and a good salary in your sights. For example:

Child or Early Years officers start on around £17,000 a year and can earn £24,000 with 3-5 years' experience

Nursery nurses start on around £13,000 a year and can earn £16,000 with 3-5 years' experience

Primary or nursery teachers start on around £27,000 a year and can earn £45,000 with a few years' experience

If you're interested in a career in the Early Years sector, we offer a diverse range of vocational courses that will help you get where you want to go. Our tiered qualifications include work experience in a relevant setting, and give you the confidence and skills to take your first steps in hugely rewarding sector.

To find out more go to https://www.lscollege.ac.uk/courses/early-years or contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Entry Requirements

4 GCSEs D-F / or 3-2 (in 2017 GCSEs)

Relevant Level 1 qualification with Merit or above

Relevant industry experience to Level 1 or above

You must be aged 16 or above


Virtual nursery; learning resource centre equipped with useful tools to support learning.

Process for Application

To apply please select your chosen start date and location below.



Venue Lewisham Way
Day/Eve Day
Study Mode Part Time
Duration 1 year
Start Date 11/09/2017
End Date 06/07/2018

Fees and Finance

16-18 £0 p/ year
19-24 £633 p/ year
24+ £633 p/ year
International £9,000 p/ year


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