About the Department

The Education and Childcare department prepares students to work in the childcare and education sectors from nursery level up to higher education. The department focuses on providing students with essential work experience needed to work in the industry and its partnership with CACHE ensures delivery of high-quality qualifications.

Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Common Childhood Illnesses

This course will equip you with a strong understanding of common childhood illnesses. This includes how to provide a safe and healthy environment for ...

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Caring for Children CACHE Level 1 Award

Nurture the next generation with our introductory Caring for Children programme. This course will provide you with an introduction to working with chi...

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Childcare facilities and modern classrooms. 

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Our adult Childhood and Education short courses are available from the store.


How many days will I study and do I have to do exams?

The majority of groups are in college 2-3 days a week with additional days in work placements. All of our courses are coursework based apart from students re-sitting their English and maths GCSEs. You will be assessed through a range of practical activities, written assignments, tutor observations and controlled assessments on Level 3 programmes.

Does the Childhood and Education department have any partnerships?

Yes, we have a partnership with Council for Awards in Care, Health and Education (CACHE), who are the leading specialist awarding organisation for the care and education sector. We also work in partnership with Leeds City Council’s Early Years, Education and Safeguarding departments.

Does the college offer any financial support for students?

Yes, students can apply for the college bursary which can pay for travel passes, college meals and trips. Students with children can also gain support with childcare to support their studies.

How much communication will I receive about my child’s progress?

Parents and guardians will receive course information and be invited to welcome events where you can meet all all tutors and coaching tutors. You can discuss progress over the phone, in person or through email with course leaders and coaching tutors.

How can employers get involved with the Childhood and Education department?

All our students need to gain valuable work experience and we welcome employers who can offer placements for our students. Additionally, you can get involved in guest speaker sessions, employment fairs, job opportunities or become an apprenticeship provider.


We are committed to making sure all students and staff are protected from harm. All staff are trained in safeguarding and child protection and our dedicated safeguarding team is on-hand for advice and support. Don’t stay silent, we are here for you.


Early Years Educator Apprenticeship Level 3

As an apprentice, your job role will depend on your employer and the environment they work in as caring for children car occur in a wide variety of...

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Teaching Assistant Apprenticeship Level 3

As an apprentice, your job role will depend on your employer and the environment they work in as caring for children can occur in a wide variety of...

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