Childcare and Education


If you want to study on a practical course that will enable you to progress to university or go straight into work, this will give you the skills needed to become a competent and effective Early Years Practitioner. It will also give you the academic training and qualifications needed to start a career in teaching, social work and other related subject areas at university.

Early Years staff are all experienced Early Years professionals who have worked in the sector and have a vast amount of experience. They will give you a thorough understanding of the subject area and provide you with innovative, exciting opportunities to put that understanding into practice in work placement.

THEME 1
  • Health and Wellbeing
THEME 3
  • Play, development and learning for school readiness
THEME 2
  • Legislation and professional practice
THEME 4
  • Professional development

In 2018, three of our students have acquired places at Brighton University to follow degrees in Teacher Training, two students (one male and one female) achieving places at the prestigious Norland College in Bath to further their training in child care, as well as many others securing employment in the child care sector and health sector.

Previously last year, 95% of our students had secured work in nurseries and schools or been accepted to study a range of subjects at university before their course had even been completed.

A further ex-student is now in her final year as a Norland Nanny, another has graduated from Sussex University and is now studying for a MA in in International Education and Development. one has opened her own nursery in West Sussex, while others are studying Primary Teaching at Chichester University.

I have really enjoyed going to placement on this course. It was really fulfilling as I got to spend time seeing children develop and grow and it was nice being part of that.

Meg Wright ex Dorothy Stringer

Course Essentials

COURSES AVAILABLE
NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Early Years Education & Care (Early Years Educator)
STANDARD ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
HOW THE COURSE IS ASSESSED
The majority of the assessment will be through coursework units. There will also be a reflective study, longitudinal study, an extended essay, plus an assessment of competence in the real work environment.
CAREER PATHWAYS
The course can lead to university to study for careers in teaching, social work, health professions and related subject areas. At the end of the course, students have full occupational competency as Early Years practitioners and are qualified teaching assistants and are sought after by nurseries and schools, leading directly to employment.
TRANSFERABLE SKILLS
Communication and people skills; opportunities for research and extended academic writing; organisational & administrative skills; reflective practice & significant practical experience
OTHER INFORMATION
It is a requirement of the course to have a satisfactory DBS check carried out. There will be some costs to cover checks, T-shirts and other items
ENQUIRIES TO
Helen Streames: hms@varndean.ac.uk