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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.

View our courses

Children, Young People & their Services Foundation Degree (Part-Time)
Degree-level 5 Sept 2022 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 (Graduate Practitioner) BA (Hons) Top-Up
Degree-level 6 Sept 2022 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 2022 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.

Understanding Autism
Distance-Learning 2 Sept 2022 12 Weeks

Campus: Milnthorpe Road Campus (MRC)

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 28th Jun 2022 12 Weeks

Campus: Milnthorpe Road Campus (MRC)

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

Understanding Children & Young People's Mental Health
Distance-Learning 2 28th Jun 2022 12 Weeks

Campus: Milnthorpe Road Campus (MRC)

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 Sept 2022 12 Weeks

Campus: Milnthorpe Road Campus (MRC)

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.

Exploring The Caring Sectors (Education & Childcare)
Full-time 1 5th Sep 2022 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.