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Nursery nurses and assistants

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Residential, day and domiciliary care managers and proprietors

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Childminders and related occupations

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Entry requirements

Please see our Entry Requirements page for general entry requirement guidance.

In addition, students should have a minimum of 85 per cent attendance if they have taken a previous qualification and a good reference from their progress tutor. Students are required to complete a successful Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check prior to starting the course, for which there will be a charge. A York College placement top will also need to be purchased.


One year course.

What will I study?

This course is suitable for anyone considering a career in the Early Years sector, or related sector where knowledge of child development is relevant. It is designed to stimulate interest and encourage understanding of the skills and knowledge needed to care for children.

The course covers a variety of units, which include:

  • Sharing learning experiences with children
  • Growth and development of young children
  • Supporting babies to play
  • Science activities for young children
  • Musical activities for young children
  • Finding out about forest schools
  • Understanding learning and development through play

All units will be taught in a classroom environment, however students will also take part in a minimum of 70 hours work experience in a childcare setting. Students will also study English and maths alongside this course.

How will I be assessed?

All units are assessed using a range of methods, which could include written assignments, tasks and practical assessments, such as designing a leaflet or booklet, charts or diagrams or setting up an information board.

What could it lead to?

On completion of this course and achievement of appropriate grades in English and maths, students may progress to a Level 2 qualification. This course does not qualify students to work in the childcare sector, as further qualifications would be required.

Need some help?

If you have any further questions about this course, or would like us to help you with your application, please contact the Schools Liaison team on 01904 770239 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information contained in this webpage, the content is subject to change where necessary.

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