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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 lot of our students progress onto the foundation degree in Children, Young People and their Services and progress onto 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.

Our 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 is a wide range of full-time, part-time, apprenticeships and degree-level study courses available in childhood studies at Kendal College.

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 & Development Level 3

Meet your tutor

Lorraine Howie

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, Schools & Families (Graduate Practitioner) BA (Hons) Top-Up
Degree-level 6 29th Sep 2022 1 Year

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 28th Sep 2022 2 Years

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.

Understanding Children & Young People's Mental Health
Distance learning 2 4th Oct 2022 12 Weeks

A great way to develop knowledge and understanding of children and young people's mental health via a distance learning platform.

Safeguarding & Prevent
Distance learning 2 4th Oct 2022 12 Weeks

A great opportunity to learn about the safeguarding needs and legislative requirements for children and young people including the risks of radicalisation and the Prevent Strategy.

Understanding Mental Health First Aid & Mental Health Advocacy in the Workplace
Distance learning 2 4th Oct 2022 12 weeks

The purpose of this qualification is to give learners the skills to support colleagues with mental health problems. These skills will be gained by increasing the learner's knowledge and understanding of mental health conditions and the principles of mental health first aid and how this can be implemented in the workplace.

Understanding Autism
Distance learning 2 4th Oct 2022 12 Weeks

This qualification aims to develop learners' understanding of autism and the principles of supporting individuals with autism - covering the person-centred approach and influence of positive communication methods, how to support positive behaviour, and how individuals with autism can be supported to live healthy and fulfilled lives.

Understanding Behaviour that Challenges
Distance learning 2 4th Oct 2022 12 Weeks

Designed to increase your awareness and understanding of behaviour that challenges and its effects.

Education & Childcare T-Level
Full-time 2 Sept 2023 1 Year

This one year T-Level transition course is designed as a progression route to the T-Level in Education and Childcare.