Child Care, Education and Teacher Training

Child Care, Education and Teacher Training programmes prepare you for working in education.

Develop the skills required to work with children in various settings, including preschools, daycares, and primary schools. Child Care and Teacher Training programmes cover topics such as child development, behavior management, and educational planning. You will also learn how to create and implement lesson plans, as well as how to communicate effectively with students and other stakeholders.

These programmes provide hands-on training and may include work experience/placements which may including some care for older children with disabilities or special educational needs. Duties can include feeding, bathing and dressing babies, and encouraging older children to learn skills such as dressing themselves.

Through activities like play, counting games, storytelling and outings, Child Care and Education workers help children to develop social, number and language skills and discover more about the world. The work also involves observing and assessing children and producing reports on their development.

Child Care and Education workers are employed by local authorities, voluntary and community groups, private companies and NHS trusts. Nursery practitioners who work with children unsupervised must have a Level 3 qualification in Child Care and Education.

Early years practitioners, who must have a Level 2 qualification, work with children under supervision. Students can progress to employment in a nursery, as a nanny or working in schools depending on the qualification achieved. Many go to university to study teaching or nursing.

Meet our students Elizabeth Lefever

Elizabeth Lefever

I’ve always wanted to work in the childcare industry and chose this course as the best option to further my career. I like the fact that I have work placements in nurseries and schools to get more experience and become more confident. The support staff and teachers are happy to help and full of encouragement.

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Meet our students Laura Pearce

Laura Pearce

As a teaching assistant, I find the course extremely relevant to my job. The course has taught me a lot about children’s learning development, and I’m applying what I’ve learnt so far within my role at the school where I work. Studying for a degree in Newbury is an advantage to me. I was thrilled that UCN’s partnership with the University of Reading made this possible for me. More...

Foundation Degree in Children's Development and Learning