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Childcare & Early Years

Childcare & Early Years

Through our courses, learn how to support and promote positive behaviour in childcare and early years settings. We provide courses covering safeguarding, child development, health & safety and the importance of play.

Gain a highly sought-after qualification at Westminster’s premier Adult Learning Service that can take you down many different career paths.

Qualification courses and courses at intermediate or advanced level require guidance or an interview prior to enrolment. You can apply online on the course details page or contact us for help with your application.

If you are planning to work with children and young people, there is a requirement to obtain an enhanced disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service. Some of our courses also have this requirement as you will be attending a work placement as part of your assessment. Please review the information on the Government’s DBS Guidance Page and ask your tutor for more information.

Accredited Courses
Level 1 Award in Caring for Children
Day(s): Thursday
Time: 09:30 - 15:30
Weeks: 12
Start Date: 24/04/2025
Venue: Amberley Road Centre
Full Fee: £666
Level: Level 1
Concessions: Yes

This qualification encourages an understanding of the knowledge and the skills needed to care for young children. It covers children’s growth, learning and development. There are also units to help with self-development.

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Level 1 Understanding Caring for Children and Mental Health Awareness
Day(s): Wednesday
Time: 09:30 - 15:30
Weeks: 36
Start Date: 16/09/2024
Venue: Amberley Road Centre
Full Fee: £2,635
Level: Level 1
Concessions: Yes

The content of this course encourages an understanding of the knowledge needed to care for young children. This course is suitable for you if you are considering a career in caring for children. It can also support you with re-engaging with learning and break down barriers to you entering the childcare workforce.This qualification does not qualify you to work but does support you in preparing for your 'next steps' either in training or moving towards work.

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Level 2 Award in Introduction to Neuroscience in Early Years
ONLINE COURSE
Venue: Distance Learning
Full Fee: Free
Level: Level 2
Level: Level 2
Concessions: Yes

Please note, this course is currently only available to learners in England outside Greater London, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, Greater Manchester, Liverpool City Region, Tees Valley, West of England, West Midlands, North of Tyne, Sheffield City Region, and West Yorkshire.

This qualification’s aim is to provide an introduction to the early development of the brain in babies and young children from birth to 7 years of age. It looks at how the social brain develops, the limbic system and self-regulation.

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Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Adverse Childhood Experiences
ONLINE COURSE
Venue: Distance Learning
Full Fee: Free
Level: Level 2
Level: Level 2
Concessions: Yes

Please note, this course is currently only available to learners in England outside Greater London, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, Greater Manchester, Liverpool City Region, Tees Valley, West of England, West Midlands, North of Tyne, Sheffield City Region, and West Yorkshire.

This qualification is designed for learners wishing to progress to a wide range of further learning and job roles such as; nursery staff, teachers, health/social workers across Health and Social Care, children and young people, nursing, public services and education and training.

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Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Children and Young People's Mental Health
ONLINE COURSE
Venue: Distance Learning
Full Fee: Free
Level: Level 2
Level: Level 2
Concessions: Yes

Please note, this course is currently only available to learners in England outside Greater London, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, Greater Manchester, Liverpool City Region, Tees Valley, West of England, West Midlands, North of Tyne, Sheffield City Region, and West Yorkshire.

The purpose of this qualification is to develop knowledge of:Children and young people's mental health in contextMental health problems commonly associated with children and young peopleThe impact of mental ill-health on children and young peopleSupport available to maintain mental wellbeing in children and young people

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Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Mental Health in the Early Years
ONLINE COURSE
Venue: Distance Learning
Full Fee: Free
Level: Level 2
Level: Level 2
Concessions: Yes

Please note, this course is currently only available to learners in England outside Greater London, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, Greater Manchester, Liverpool City Region, Tees Valley, West of England, West Midlands, North of Tyne, Sheffield City Region, and West Yorkshire.

This qualification is designed for anyone looking to develop their understanding of mental health and the problems that can cause mental ill health.

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Level 2 Diploma for the Early Years Practitioner
Day(s): Tuesday
Time: 09:30 - 16:30
Weeks: 36
Start Date: 17/09/2024
Venue: Amberley Road Centre
Full Fee: £2,353
Level: Level 2
Concessions: Yes

The content of this course will provide you with the essential knowledge and skills needed to provide a safe and stimulating environment for children. It will enable you to support child development and understand how to safeguard children. You will learn about legislations, policies and procedures that influence the childcare provision and ways of implementing them in your practice.

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Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Workforce (Early Years)
Day(s): Tuesday
Time: 09:30 - 16:30
Weeks: 36
Start Date: 17/09/2024
Venue: Amberley Road Centre
Full Fee: £3,633
Level: Level 3
Concessions: Yes

The content of this course will prepare you to become Early Years Educators, enabling you to work with children from birth to 5 years. You will need to have a placement in an early years setting and complete a DBS at college. The Diploma has a strong emphasis on the skills required of the Early Years Practitioner in the 21st century.

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  • A wide range of in-person, online, distance learning and community-based courses
  • Unique work experience opportunities through partnerships
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  • Excellent progression to employment, apprenticeships or further learning including university
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