This is a placement-based programme, with students developing essential skills such as observation, assessment and problem-solving. The focus is on developing the practical approaches needed to work in the sector through work experience. You’ll build your caring and communication skills, your confidence in working with young children and their families, your understanding of child development and your team-working skills.
- Play and learning
- Working with parents
- Observation, assessment and planning
- Physical care and health needs
- Working with children with additional needs
- Keeping children safe
- English and Maths, as required.
A range of pathways are available, dependent on your qualifications.
- One-year Extended Certificate
- One-year Foundation Diploma
- Two-year Diploma
- Two-year Extended Diploma.
One or two years full-time, depending on study route.
Students can progress to study Childcare at degree-level.
Work with more responsibility in early years settings, in children’s centres and care homes, as a pre-school, nursery room or playwork leader, in healthcare, community education, or in the classroom.
Four GCSEs at grade A* to C, preferably including English and Maths at grades Nine to Four, or a relevant BTEC Level Two / First diploma or equivalent. A satisfactory reference and clear Disclosing and Barring Service (DBS) check are also required.
BTEC Level 3 in Children’s Play, Learning and Development (Early Years Educator)
Lucy manages to hold down two jobs, working as an early years educator at a local nursery and also as a waitress, as well as her studies as she pursues her dream career working with children.
Q: What do you like about Bishop Burton College?
A: Bishop Burton College is a great place to learn. All the people at the College are really friendly. I enjoy my time here because the course is great and and the teachers are lovely.
Q: What is the best thing about your course?
A: One of the best things about my course is the work placement because you get to learn what it is really like to work in a nursery or school. The modules we do are also really interesting.
Q: What are your hopes for the future?
A: I hope to one day become a juvenile probation officer or a juvenile counsellor in America.