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Childcare and education is one of the most exciting and rewarding sectors and one that needs top quality staff at all levels and offers plenty of career choice, working with children of all ages and within various settings.


Childhood Studies can open up the door for careers in teaching, health, social and youth work, counselling, and paediatric nursing. Not to mention working abroad and travelling the world on cruise ships or as a nanny/Au Pair. A great deal of our students progress onto the Foundation Degree in Children, Young People and their Services and progress onto the Higher Level (BA Hons) to top up their degree. Both the Foundation Degree and the Top-up programme are University of Central Lancashire (UCLAN) degree programmes delivered at the Kendal College main campus.

Kendal College Childhood Studies tutors are all ex-industry professionals with wide experience who have built up excellent links with local employers including schools, nurseries and children’s centres.

Courses focus strongly on work placements to develop first-hand experience and much needed practical skills. Classroom work is varied and mirrors true working environments such as actual classrooms, which are used when primary school children visit the College.

There are a wide range of full-time, part-time, Apprenticeships and Higher Level study courses available in Childhood Studies at Kendal College.

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On the course you are with people who want to do the same thing as you. I have made some friends for life. I would recommend this course to males 100% if it’s what you want to do. There is a huge demand for male teachers at the moment.

Ed Crisp Children’s Play Learning and Development Level 3

If you have an identified learning need and feel you may require support at college, find out about our Learning Services and the support available at college.

Meet your tutor

Lorraine Howie, Childcare Tutor

I fully believe that setting high standards in education for the early years sector is the best way to give young people the best start in life. It’s a constantly changing environment to work in with one day rarely the same as the next, which makes for an interesting, exciting and hugely rewarding career.

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Children, Young People & their Services Foundation Degree (PT)
Degree-level 5 Sept 2021 2 Years

Campus: Milnthorpe Road Campus (MRC)

The Foundation Degree in Children, Young People and their Services offers an exciting pathway for developing a career with children and young people, including primary teaching and social work. The programme focuses on working with children from 0-18 years, in both education and social care settings.

Children, Schools & Families BA (Hons) Top-Up
Degree-level 6 Sept 2021 1 Year

Campus: Milnthorpe Road Campus (MRC)

The BA (Hons) Children, Schools and Families allows you to 'top-up' your Foundation Degree (Level 5) to a full BA Hons Degree (Level 6). The course looks at children in a broad context and prepares you for a professional career within the children and young people's workforce.

Children, Young People & their Services Foundation Degree
Degree-level 5 Sept 2021 2 Years

Campus: Milnthorpe Road Campus (MRC)

The Foundation Degree in Children, Young People and their Services offers an exciting pathway for developing a career with children and young people, including primary teaching and social work. The programme focuses on working with children from 0-18 years, in both education and social care settings.

Childhood Studies
Full-time 3 Sept 2021 2 Years

Campus: Milnthorpe Road Campus (MRC)

The course provides an excellent and well-established route to progress to professional training such as primary teaching, paediatric nursing and early years studies. You can use this qualification to progress to a wide range of degree programmes, for example, psychology, sociology, social work, criminology or educational studies.

The programme includes professional practice over two years to include the full age range of children's settings. You will spend two days in placement and three days in college each week. This programme is particularly useful if you want to work as a teaching assistant or to study for a teaching degree.

Exploring The Caring Sectors (Childhood Studies)
Full-time 1 Sept 2021 1 Year

Campus: Milnthorpe Road Campus (MRC)

This course will introduce you to working with children, allowing you to gain basic knowledge and understanding of key areas such as physical and emotional needs, safety, reading and rhymes for children, creative play, healthy eating, and learning through practical workplace experience.

Childhood Studies
Full-time 2 Sept 2021 1 Year

Campus: Milnthorpe Road Campus (MRC)

This course is intended for anyone who wants to work in the field of children's play, learning and development. The qualification is a licence to practice in the early year's sector, you will be able to progress into roles such as early year's practitioners, nursery nurses and childminders.

Residential Childcare
Part-time 3 Enquire 26 Weeks

Campus: Milnthorpe Road Campus (MRC)

This Level 3 qualification aims to provide professional development in a wide range of job roles, including working in settings such as residential care homes, residential special schools, therapeutic communities, secure children's homes, shared care and short break settings. Responsible for promoting a caring, healthy, stimulating, safe, secure environment for children and young people in their care.

Early Years Educator
Part-time 3 Enquire 33 Weeks

Campus: Milnthorpe Road Campus (MRC)

This pathway provides the suitable level of occupational competence to meet regulatory and registration requirements for the sector.