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Working in childcare is a popular career as it's varied and rewarding, with no two days ever the same. We offer courses to help you get started on the pathway to a childcare career.

Popular career choices for people studying childcare and early years courses are:

  • nursery officer
  • child minder
  • teaching assistant
  • teacher

We have a range of provisions starting with our introduction to childcare courses for people with no previous experience of working in a childcare setting and no childcare qualifications.

Work experience is a vital part of the accredited courses in childcare and we'll help organise work placements for you.

To study on some of these courses, you'll be required to apply for an enhanced disclosure of criminal records through the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

You may need further qualification courses at other institutions, such as further education colleges or universities and/or relevant work experience to progress towards some of the career options listed.

Advice, guidance and enrolment dates

To enrol on childcare courses, you'll need to attend one of our childcare open days where you'll receive advice, guidance and a skills check. The next open days are:

Autumn term: Tuesday 11 September 2018
Spring term: Tuesday 11 December 2018
Summer term: Tuesday 2 April 2019 and Thursday 18 July 2019

You'll need to bring proof that you're eligible to join the course. Please call 020 7358 2100 for details and to book a place.

Course details


Days and times

Course code and start date


Childcare for beginners
(for people who have no previous experience of working in a childcare setting and have no childcare qualifications)

10am to 3pm

5 weeks

£100 standard
£50 concession

Introduction to early years settings CACHE level 1 award(for those wanting to gain the skills and knowledge needed to work in a childcare setting)

10am to 3pm

11 weeks

£220 standard
£110 concession

No cost to learners on (JSA, ESA WRAG)
exam fee £46

Get ready for early years educator CACHE level 2

10am to 3pm

4 weeks

£80 standard
£40 concession

No cost to learners on (JSA, ESA WRAG)
exam fee £46


Award in Paediatric First Aid level 2

Wednesday 10am to 3pm

2 weeks

£22.50 other concessions
£45 standard plus £26 certificate fee

No cost to learners on active benefits

Please pay in full when you enrol and bring along proof of identity and evidence of entitlement to concessionary fee.

Contact information

Kate Bagnall
020 7358 2100

Page last updated: 28 June 2019