Course starts: September 2020

Age groups

16-18, 19+

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This course is designed to give you all the skills required to work with children in various settings. You’ll have the opportunity to study a wide range of topics, including child development, supporting children, keeping children safe, play and learning, working with parents, supporting children’s speech, communication and language, safeguarding, observations and reflective practice.

You’ll gain relevant work experience for your future progression and will also have the chance to take part in a variety of enrichment activities over the duration of the course.

This course is ideal for those interested in pursuing a career in childcare, education or related industries.


Entry requirements

Three GCSEs at grade 4 (grade C) or above, including English and maths, or a Merit or Distinction at BTEC Level 2. A placement of at least five days in a childcare setting, with a positive report of progress, is desirable. A Disclosing and Barring Service (DBS) check is also required.


What will I learn?

This diploma prepares you to work as an early years practitioner with children in a range of settings. You will:

  • Advance your knowledge and understanding in the area of child, health and social care
  • Develop a range of advanced transferable skills for the sector
  • Gain relevant work experience for your future progression


Work experience

You’ll be required to undertake 350 hours of placement during the year. These are done in a variety of childcare settings, covering different age groups.



You’ll study a wide variety of topics as part of this course. Modules may include:

  • Child development
  • Meeting children’s physical development and care
  • Health & safety in early years settings
  • Keeping children safe
  • Working with parents and others
  • Play and learning
  • Observation assessment and planning
  • Reflective practice

Other units will be available.



Written assignments and practical observation in your work placements, plus one exam and one externally assessed research task.


Enrichment opportunities

Practical childcare activities such as learning to babysit and first aid qualifications may be available.


Career and progression

Completing this National Diploma means you can work as a licensed practitioner with children in nurseries, crèches, reception classes or pre-schools. You could also work as a home-based childcare worker or nanny. Other options include going to university to study teacher training.


Additional costs

You’ll need to buy the current course text book, which is £20-£25. Details will be given at enrolment.