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Our Childcare programmes cover a wide range of levels and routeways into childcare. Learners will develop an in-depth understanding of Early Years Education and Care.

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48 weeks*

1, 2 & 3

Full Time (Placement Required)

Sunderland, South Tyneside & Hartlepool

About the course

Our Childcare course runs from Rivergreen, Jarrow and Hartlepool, it covers a wide range of levels and routeways into childcare. Learners will develop an in-depth understanding of Early Years Education and Care. There is a choice of Early Years Education, Children and Young People’s Workforce and Teaching Assistant Qualifications from Level 1 to Level 3. More information on specific qualifications and levels can be found below.

All learners, unless exempt from undertaking maths and English (already achieved grade 4 or above) will study maths and English as part of their programme.


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Level 1 Introduction to Health, Social Care and Children’s and Young People’s Settings

This NCFE qualification will develop the knowledge and awareness of the types of provision in the Health, Social Care and Children’s and Young People’s sectors. They include the roles played by workers, from principles and values through to health and safety and working with others. This qualification is aimed at learners who wish to develop an understanding of these settings before deciding whether working in the sector is for them. It allows learners to gain the knowledge, understanding and skills required for employment or career progression, and allows learners to tailor their learning to their interests through the provision of a broad range of optional units.

Levels 2 and 3 Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools (Apprenticeships also available)

Our Supporting Teaching and Learning in schools qualification measures the knowledge and skills required to meet the support needs of primary, secondary and special needs schools. Achieving this qualification demonstrates an ability relating to pupil welfare, care, behaviour and learning. During this course you will cover promoting positive behaviour, supporting pupils, using information and communication technology and helping with children’s social development.

Levels 2 and 3 Children and Young People’s Workforce

Our Children and Young People’s Workforce qualification is designed for learners who want to develop a career as a childminder, youth worker, nursery nurse or nursery manager. The qualification is suitable for anyone starting their first childcare job, or already managing a childcare centre. During this course you will cover understanding child and young person development, context and principles for early years provision, promoting the wellbeing and resilience of children and young people and supporting children and young people to achieve their education potential. This qualification is a work-based qualification, and you will be assessed whilst working with children, young people, their families and colleagues. You must be working in a real childcare setting on a full time or part time basis and in paid or voluntary work – Springboard can help to source placements.

Levels 2 and 3 Early Years Educator (Apprenticeships also available)

The Early Years Educator qualification covers the learning, development and care of children from birth to 5 years old. Early Years Educators are highly trained professionals who play a key role in ensuring that young children learn and develop well and are kept healthy and safe. Our Early Years Educator qualifications are for those wanting to work in a range of settings including day care, children’s centres, preschools, reception classes, childminders and more. Our Early Years Educator qualification covers learning child initiated and adult led activities, supporting children to develop numeracy and language skills, ensuring children feel safe and secure and meeting the care needs of the child such as feeding, changing and administering medicine

What do you need to apply for the course?

Entry Level – No previous qualifications are required for this programme, however, a pre-course interview will be required before a place is offered.
Learners without their GCSE’s can access Level 1, whereas those learners who already have their GCSE English and Maths can go straight on to Level 2. Those already employed in a health and social care setting would go on to Level 3.
Enhanced DBS check is required.

Course Costs

Courses are free if you’re aged 16-18.

How will you be assessed?

You will be assessed via written assessments and practical assignments. You are also required to complete a work experience placement as part of our Childcare course – you will be assessed during this.


To equip individuals with the skills for a career in the child care sector. On completion of on our Childcare programmes you can move into careers such as teaching assistant, early years practitioner, primary school teacher or move onto a foundation degree or teaching qualification.

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NCFE/City and Guilds/Apprenticeships

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I can honestly say it has been the best experience of my life. The knowledge and understanding I have gained by the teaching at Springboard is amazing. I am really going to miss coming to Springboard, and I want to thank my tutors on the childcare course for the love and support they have given me, and for being there for me through the hardest times of the course. I am forever grateful for what you have done for me.

Chloe Lewis
Childcare Learner

I am currently studying Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools with Springboard. I have enjoyed the course and really enjoyed my placement at St Paul’s CE School. I am looking forward to completing the course and receiving my qualification.

Emma Slack
Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools Learner

Springboard has taught me that self confidence is a super power. Once you start to believe in yourself, magic starts happening.

Abbie Marshall
Childcare Learner

I am currently completing my Level 3 Early Years Practitioner course. I have enjoyed my course, and having a more hands on approach to learning has allowed me to gain valuable and practical experience in my nursery setting, whilst also allowing me time to complete my work at home. I have been with Springboard for three years and have enjoyed my time with the members of staff who have helped me and I will miss them. I would recommend it rather than a college setting as most of my time on the course I have been in a school gaining valuable experience.

Amelia Aslett
Early Years Practitioner Learner

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