Course starts: September 2019

Age groups

16-18, 19+

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Our Children’s Care, Learning and Development course is a great to your personal development for those interested in pursuing a career in childcare, education or related industries.

You will have the opportunity to study a wide range of topics including: Introduction to working with children, development from conception to 8 years, supporting children, keeping children safe, play and learning, working with parents, supporting children’s speech, communication and language, safeguarding, observations and reflective practice.

The course is designed to teach you the skills required to work with children in a range of settings such as nurseries and reception classes, or as a homebased childworker.

Course objectives

This Diploma prepares you to work as an early years practitioner with children in a range of settings. It can be used as a step to university:

  • 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

Course details

Course duration


1 year – Introductory Diploma
2 years – Extended Diploma

The extended diploma qualification is equivalent to three A Levels, although some students opt to take the one-year subsidiary diploma which is equivalent to one A Level.


Level 3 Diploma

Entry requirements

A minimum of five GCSEs at grades A-C, including English Language and Maths. Students must be able to work to deadlines.

Additional requirements

Placement of at least five days in a childcare setting desirable, with a positive report of progress. A Disclosing and Barring Service (DBS) check is required.


You will 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.

Assessment and exam information

You will complete written assignments and practical observation in your placements. You will spend some days in a work placement. There will be one exam and one externally assessed research task.

Career and progression

Enrichment opportunities

These will be offered to learners throughout the time of the course.

Learner progression

Completing this National Diploma will enable you to work as a licensed practitioner with children in nurseries, creches, 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.

Fee information

Course costs

If you are under 19 on 31 August in the year you start your course, and a UK or EU resident, you won’t need to pay tuition or examination fees. Depending on your household income, you may also be able to get help towards travel, accommodation, essential equipment or childcare costs.

Additional costs

The current course textbook needs to be purchased, which is approximately £20-£25. Details will be given at enrolment.

Funding and bursaries

Students aged over 19, you may be eligible for free tuition depending on the course you want to study, your existing qualifications and your financial circumstances. For more information you can email info@totton.ac.uk or call 023 8087 4874

Advanced Learner Loans are available for students who are aged 19 or over. Repayments do not begin until the course is completed and you are earning £25,000 or over. Eligible learners will be enrolling on a level 3 or above course and are a UK or EU national. For further information, visit gov.uk/advanced-learner-loan


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