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Care and Early Years

Care And Childhood Studies

We offer many childcare, health and social care and supported learning courses and whether you choose a further education programme (from Level 1 to Level 3), or a higher education (university-level) course, you can be sure we’ll help prepare you for a career in this rewarding industry. 

Our partner college, ncn, also offers early years and care courses and you can view these here. Find out more about the merger with ncn.

Childcare and Early Years

Further Education courses

If you want to work with children and young people, our childcare and early years courses will help you to get ahead in this rewarding sector.

Whether you want to work in a nursery or Children’s Centre, or become a nanny or a teaching assistant in a school, having a recognised qualification will set you apart from other applicants.

Our further education courses range from Level 1 to Level 3 and  include a mix of classroom learning, practical assessments and visits and placements.

Level 3 full-time courses will lead to Early Years Educator status, which is the new gold standard for early years workers. 

Most courses include work experience and we have links with local schools and nurseries. You can also study childcare courses through the apprenticeship route in a workplace.

After your course you could apply for a job in industry or progress to a higher level course.

Higher Education courses

At Central we have:

  • one of the largest providers of Teaching Assistant/Supporting Teaching and Learning qualifications in the East Midlands
  • links with industry and childcare providers 
  • developed our courses with employers to ensure our students have the leading edge in the job market
  • opportunities to network with fellow practitioners to share ideas and examples of good practice
  • experienced staff with first-hand experience of the industry

We have also included University Level courses run by our partner college, ncn. To find out more about our merger with ncn please visit here.

Health and Social courses

Whether you want to work with young children or adults; people with disabilities or health problems; or those needing other types of support, our health and social care courses will give you the knowledge and experience to carve out a career in the growing and rewarding care sector.

Further Education courses

We offer further education courses in health and social care at our Maid Marian Way Centre and you can study full-time or through an apprenticeship.

If you’re already employed in this sector, you can improve your job prospects at Central by building on your existing qualifications using your experiences and knowledge to gain a formal qualification.

Most courses include work experience and we have links with local schools, nurseries, hospitals, voluntary organisations and care homes. Our teaching staff have extensive and current experience in the health, social care and early years sectors and offer a supportive learning environment. 

After completing your course you can choose to go into employment with the skills you’ve learned, or progress onto a university-level course.   

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Health and Social Care: Health Sciences (Level 3) - Full-time

This course is perfect if you have a passion for, and interest, in science and want to explore degree level study and career options in a healthcare Science, Nursing and Midwifery, social care or any medical profession…

Health and Social Care (Adults/Work Based) (Level 3) - Full-time

This course is perfect if you want to develop your knowledge and skills in health and social care. This qualification aims to develop your perception of the concepts around both health and social care in order for you to progress into employment in the sector…

Health and Social Care (Adults/Work Based) (Level 2) - Full-time

This course is perfect if you have an interest in working with  adults in a social care setting and want to develop your knowledge and skills in health and social care.

Supporting Teaching and Learning (Level 3) - Full-time

This course is perfect if you are interested in the education of children and young people and would like to work in a school.

CACHE Certificate for the Early Years Advanced Practitioner (Level 4) - Part-time

This course is designed to offer Level 3 Childcare practitioners the opportunity to develop leadership and specialist skills for use in their current role, or in preparation to take on a specialist role such as a Special Educational Needs Coordinator…

Assisting and Moving Individuals for Social Care Settings (Level 2) - Part-time

The course is suitable for all those who will be assisting and moving children, young people or adults in a wide range of care and NHS settings.

Level 3 Early Years Workforce - Part-time

There are three pathways on this course including Childcare, Health, Educational or Integrated Services Settings

Health & Social Care (Adults) CACHE Level 3 Diploma 19+ - Part-time

This course is a competence based course and the qualification is designed to help learners build the knowledge and skills needed when working under supervision with anyone over 18 years old.

Supporting Teaching and Learning (NCFE Level 3 Certificate) - Part-time

This course is the next step on from the Level 2 Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning and will support you to enhance your understanding and your professional practice in the classroom.

Supporting Teaching and Learning (NCFE Level 2 Certificate) - Part-time

If you find supporting children and young people learn in the classroom enjoyable and rewarding, this is the course for you. 

Introduction to Early Years Education & Care Certificate (Level 2) - Part-time

If you’d like a career working with children, but need to balance study around your other commitments, this part-time course could be a great choice for you. 

Introduction to Health, Social Care & Children and Young People (Level 1) - Part-time

If you are interested in a career in health, social care or working with children and young people, this course is a great place to start. 

Supporting Teaching and Learning in School Foundation Degree - Part-time

If you’re currently working in a school in Foundation Stage or Key Stage One or Two, this course will allow you to progress your career towards Qualified Teaching Status (QTS).

Early Years Studies Foundation Degree - Part-time

The course is ideal if you’re currently working in the early years sector and wish to progress to work as a senior practitioner.

Childcare and Education (Level 3 Diploma) - Full-time

This course is perfect if you would like to work with children from birth to 7 years and want to progress into a career within the industry. This year will give you additional skills and competencies when working with children in the early years…

Advanced Apprenticeship in Health and Social Care (Level 3)

If you want to help others and are looking for a rewarding career in health and social care, whilst gaining a qualification at the same time, then this could be a great choice for you. It can prepare you for…

Advanced Apprenticeship in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools (Level 3)

This apprenticeship is perfect if you’re looking for a career working in senior roles with children and/or young people in primary, secondary or special schools.

  • teaching assistant

Apprenticeship in Children's and Young People's Workforce (Level 2)

If you’d like to work with children or young people and help support their development, perhaps in a nursery or primary school setting, then why not choose this apprenticeship?

Apprenticeship in Health and Social Care (Level 2)

If you want to help others and are looking for a rewarding career in health and social care, whilst gaining a qualification at the same time, then this could be a great choice for you.

Apprenticeship in Playwork (Level 2)

This is for you if would like a career in the exciting and rewarding playwork sector - you could work in a holiday club, breakfast or after school club for example.

Apprenticeship in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools (Level 2)

This apprenticeship could be just right for you if you’re looking for a career working with children and/or young people in primary, secondary or special schools.

  • teaching assistant

Introduction to Health, Social Care & Young People's Settings (Level 1) - Full-time

This course is perfect if you want the opportunity to study specialist work related qualifications in a range of sectors. The course will give students the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to prepare them for employment or further career development…

Health and Social Care (Level 2) - Full-time

This course is perfect if you want to develop your knowledge and understanding in health and social care and wish to progress on to the Level 3 Health and Social Care Course. The course is a pathway if you are hoping to develop…

Health and Social Care (Level 3) - Full-time

This course is perfect if you want to access Higher Education within health and social care or would like assistance with progression into the workplace. 

Health and Social Care (Adults) (Level 2 Diploma 19+) - Part-time

If you have an interest in working with adults in a social care setting and want to develop your knowledge in health and social care then this is the ideal course for you.

Introduction to Early Years Education and Care (Level 2) - Full-time

This course is perfect if you want become a child minder, work in a nursery or with children from birth to 7 years. On successful completion of this course you will have a licence to practice. 

Caring for Children (Level 1) - Full-time

This course is perfect if you like working with children, want to pursue a career caring for them and you’re looking to gain the skills to achieve this. 

Childcare and Education (Level 3 Certificate) - Full-time

This course is perfect if you want to develop your skills and understanding within the childcare sector.

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