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Children’s Care, Learning & Development

Courses starting September. Call 01539 814700 for details.

This course is intended for anyone who wants to work in the field of children’s care, learning and development.

You can use the qualification to gain employment as a nursery assistant, creche worker, special needs assistant or other jobs which involve caring for children.

During the course you will learn how to prepare and maintain environments for childcare, how to communicate with children and adults and how you can support children’s play and learning.

As well as your time in College, you will also enhance your practical skills with a work placement for two days per week (a total of 300 hours). You should have an enthusiastic approach to working with children and an interest in the study of child development.

This course runs over 5 days per week (3 days in college and 2 days in work placement).

All of our learners will be given support with their English and Maths skills where relevant to their main programme. Those students who have not yet achieved a ‘C’ grade at GCSE in these subjects will continue to work towards these important qualifications at a level suited to them.

Working with children can be one of the most rewarding of all careers, with a huge variety of jobs from working in exotic holiday destinations, to the challenge of working with teenagers who have specific needs.

Your course will cover the following units: 

- Understanding Children’s Development
- Keeping Children Safe
- Communication with Children and Adults
- Preparing and Maintaining Environments for Childcare
- Professional Development
- Supporting Children’s Play and Learning

In addition you will enhance your practical skills through a work placement programme of two days per week.

Professional practice is assessed and a variety of coursework assignments.

This course will be part of a wider study programme, which may also include english & maths, work placement and additional studies.

How will I be assessed?


Next: Career Opportunities?

Career Opportunities

On successful completion of this one-year course you may be able to progress either to further qualifications in childcare, e.g. Level 3 Diploma in Children’s Play, Learning and Development or alternatively to employment in the field of childcare.

Next: Entry requirements

Entry requirements

You should have an enthusiastic approach to working with children and an interest in the study of child development.

You should have a minimum of four GCSEs at A*-D including English or a Level 1 Diploma (at Merit or Distinction), plus a satisfactory tutor reference.

As part of the entry criteria for this course you will need to have a check completed by the Disclosure and Barring service.  This does not mean that if you have any previous convictions or warnings that you will not be able to join this programme, but an assessment will be completed as to your suitability to progress on to the programme.  Please discuss with us in confidence if you have concerns about the content of your check.

You will also need to attend an interview with one of the Childhood Studies team to assess your suitability.

Adult fees


Please note: If you are an adult student you may be entitled to financial support to cover the cost of your course, dependent on your circumstances. Please contact Student Services on enquiries@kendal.ac.uk for details. More about Student Finance.

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