Early Years

If you want to work in the early years sector, this pathway provides you with a clear route into this rewarding industry.

Our programmes combine theoretical study in college with significant practical experience, preparing you to work competently, safely and effectively with children and their families in a wide range of environments.

You will be expected to attend work placements in a variety of settings for two days per week, which will build to a total of up to 650 hours of experience every year. During work placements you will gain the confidence to plan and evaluate activities and develop excellent observation skills.

Experience is a key feature that employers look for and your time spent on work placements will be invaluable in putting you ahead of the competition!

Throughout your programme, you will also get opportunities to go on trips, follow projects set by employers and take part in employability events such as mock interviews, job fairs and CV-writing sessions.

You’ll also have the opportunity to build your skills within our own forest school, ‘The Island’, at City of Oxford College. 

Working in the early years sector involves supervising play and other activities for pre-school age children, as well as assisting teachers and caring for children in day or residential nurseries, children’s homes and private households.

The demand for childminders and those working in pre-school environments is increasing following the introduction of 30 funded hours per week for three and four-year-olds of working parents in 2017.

By 2025, there are forecast to be over 50,000 jobs across child development and well-being in the south east of England, with over 2,220 new job openings each year.

Access to HE qualifications are equal to three A Levels, giving you the UCAS points you need to apply for university-level study. Programmes will last one year (36 weeks of study), after which you will have the diploma, knowledge, skills and confidence to study at degree level. Throughout the programme, you will experience a variety of teaching and learning strategies to suit all learning styles, including essay and report writing, group work and presentations.

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