Childcare and teaching assistants

Childcare and teaching assistants

Working with children is a very rewarding career with lots of opportunities for employment in a wide range of roles including childminder, nursery worker/ manager, crèche assistant, play group/pre-school assistant, playworker, teaching assistant.

This could be with local childcare providers and schools, or selfemployment by setting up your own childcare business. Children are full of energy and curiosity, so if you are patient and enthusiastic, take responsibility seriously and have a sense of fun, you may have all you need to start your career in childcare. We offer Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3 childcare courses.

Teaching assistants are very important in every classroom to expand and support learning opportunities for school children and support the teacher in their classroom work. A career as a teaching assistant is very rewarding, watching and supporting a classroom full of children to learn. The training and experience gained from being a teaching assistant is also an excellent basis to further training to being a teacher. We offer Level 2 and Level 3 Teaching Assistant courses which include classroom teaching, school placements and observations.

For some childcare and teaching assistant courses you will need a work placement.

If you do not already hold Level 2 in English and maths, we can support you to gain these qualifications.

For more information

For more information about childcare and teaching assistant courses come to an information, advice and enrolment session, visit or call one of our centres or email adult.learning@walthamforest.gov.uk.

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