For work – or your own family life – learn about caring for and looking after children

Parent holding and smiling at a young child in a park; the child is holding a teddy bear and smiling

Skills for a career in childcare

Our courses are ideal if you are interested in a career in childcare. We also have qualification courses that allow you to get a job, apprenticeship or do further study.

Our courses include Caring for children, Childcare, and Childminding. Your journey will start with an assessment: we will discuss your skills and study options.

Get a formal qualification: At Entry Level, we support your preparation. At Level 1, you will learn about working in early years settings and get the opportunity to improve your written and spoken English. Our Level 2 childcare certificate requires you to have a placement. Level 2 and Level 3 courses focus on child development and building relationships with children and staff.

Employment: We offer Level 3 childcare courses at apprenticeship level, and other great employment opportunities.

Taster sessions: Not sure if this is a career path for you? Please ask us about our free taster sessions.

Learning with us: Our courses are in-person at a learning location, online or a blend of both online and in-person learning.

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What our learners say

Harriet’s company closed down during the Covid-19 pandemic, and she was at a loss as to what to do next:

‘I did my initial assessment online, and got a place on a Level 1 course. My lecturer made me feel welcome … she is very helpful and talks you through things with calmness. I am using remote blended on-line [learning] … the Adult Learning Service Learning Hub has the text we need [and] we can do our assignments on-line.’

Harriet, Caring for Children + Employability Level 1 learner

‘The time was convenient as it allowed me to go to work during the day. Location was great, and the class was relaxed and allowed for discussion.’

Nicola, Home-based Childminding Level 3 learner

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Careers and opportunities

‘Demand for childcare has risen in London to 61 per cent (2019). There is also an increased need for childminding as many families are now using childminding services more.’

Labour Market Intelligence

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About us

Our team of expert tutors have real-world experience supporting children and teaching in nursery, primary and secondary schools and colleges. Some have a background in childcare and business, others focus on childminding and workplace assessments.

Accreditation organisations include City and Guilds and NCFE/CACHE (the Council for Awards in Care, Health and Education).

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Start a course: book your free assessment

You will need to book an assessment before you can enrol on these courses. Assessments are free and will help you enrol on the right course for your needs.

To enrol on these courses, please book your free course assessment.

For course dates and fees, please check our latest course listings.