Early Years


Working with children is not always easy, but if you have the enthusiasm, the ambition, self-motivation and are keen to learn; Early Years Education is a fantastic sector to work in.

Working with children and families, you can experience the great sense of satisfaction, of inspiring a child to learn and to be a part of helping to shape the lives of young people. 

Our courses are taught by industry professionals and involve a large percentage of work experience placements, to give you the hands-on professional training that you need for a fulfilling career within the industry.

We offer high quality training for the early education sector. Our training is designed to equip child care practitioners, with the practical skills that are required to work in a variety of child care settings. Our courses involve speakers from the industry, practical workshops, work experience in the local community, lectures and visits.

We have new purpose-built specialist child care learning facilities at both the Gravesend and Dartford campuses, which suit the vocational education that we provide. Our early years child care courses are heavily based on practical work-experience placements, where you will learn hands-on, in real child care learning settings. This also allows you to take what you learn from the classroom and put it into practice, enabling you to research the effects of your study. 

If you would like to continue your education with us to a higher level, we also offer a Foundation Degree in Early Years

What will I learn? 

You will develop an understanding of child development and education, the importance of play, learning and education within the Early Years sector, child development from conception to 16 years, caring for sick children, promoting and supporting children’s development, safeguarding and the role of the Early Years Practitioner.

What qualification will I gain? 

You have the option to study Levels 1, 2 and 3 CACHE qualifications. After which, you can progress on to the Foundation Degree in Early Years at NKWC or a university. For explanations of our qualifications, please see our Qualification Explained page.

What progression options will I have? 

You can go on to higher level qualifications, including our Foundation Degree in Early Years, or employment such as an Early Years Practitioner, Health Care Assistant, Teacher, Nurse or Social Worker. 

What costs are involved?

There is a materials fee of £150, which will include an e-portfolio, e-books, Enhanced DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check and a polo shirt uniform for work placements. Full-time Further Education courses are free for students aged 16-18, you may have to pay some or all of your fees if you are aged 19 plus, but please see our Student Finance page for further information. If you are enrolling on a Higher Education course, fees are applicable.

Entry requirements? 

Entry requirements are dependant on the level that you wish to study, please see the individual course descriptions from the link below, for further information:

Click here to view Child Care courses or call 01322 629400.