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GC - Early Years & Teaching in-page bannere Update - June 2020Early Years & Teaching Courses in Guildford, Surrey

Are you interested in a career working with young children and their families? Do you have a passion for nurturing young children, supporting their early learning and providing play activities that enable them to explore and develop?

If you do, then Early Years could be the career for you.

Early Years workers enjoy working with children, they are nurturing, caring and have a genuine interest in each individual child's wellbeing, development and early learning through play. They take a pride in children's achievements and encourage them to flourish and grow. They play an integral role in helping them develop through fun activities.

As a practitioner, you will laugh, smile and your day might be just as fun for you as it is for the children. Furthermore, you will have the immense satisfaction of seeing children develop skills and knowledge that they will use throughout their entire lives.

Childcare is an exciting, rewarding career and there are plenty of routes available for people who want to work with children.

There are no courses for this subject area that match this criteria.

Why Choose Guildford College?

  • High success rates
  • Comprehensive training opportunities
  • Hands-on experience in various work placements and educational visits
  • Subject-specialist teaching

Day to Day in Industry

  • Communication and professional skills
  • Individual needs
  • Child Development
  • Play and learning
  • Safeguarding children
  • Keeping children safe
  • Reflective practice
  • Working in partnership with parents 

Jobs in Childcare

  • Qualified Early Years Practitioner 
  • Deputy Manager
  • Manager
  • Early Years Teacher
  • Qualified Teacher (QTS)
  • Childminder
  • Nanny
  • Physical Activity and Nutritional Coordinator (PANCo)
  • Early Years Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (EY SENCO)

Average Salary

Starting salaries for Early Years Educators or Practitioners are in the region of £16,000 to £18,000.

After gaining experience and expertise, you may be able to achieve salaries of £22,000 to £30,000. Roles in this bracket will often include supervisory or management duties.

Moving On

Higher Education offers opportunities to extend your studies to degree level. There are a range of study options including:

  • a full time honours degree programme
  • a part time degree studied over 3-6 years
  • a Foundation Degree studied full time or part time (2-3 years) with the option to progress to a ‘Top Up’ third year that leads to the award of an honours degree

You can start a degree at any age, as long as you meet the specific entry requirements for the programme you want to study. For those wanting to extend their study in Early Childhood there is a range of undergraduate programmes in Early Childhood Studies or Childhood Studies. Some universities offer opportunities to study alongside another subject such as English, Psychology or Sociology.

Many Early Childhood degrees have placement opportunities to enable you to apply your learning to practice.  The type of placement offered is programme specific and many include assessments that are mapped onto the Level 3 Early Educator qualification and/or Early Childhood Graduate Practitioner Competencies.

You may want to progress to become an Early Years Teacher (0-5) (EYITT), a Teacher with QTS (3-7, 5-11), Social Work or a career in health.  You have opportunities to complete these as an undergraduate or after your first degree as post-graduate student.


Student Soundbite

Libby Stockwell

“I feel this course has helped me develop my confidence and has given me the skills which I can use in my future career working with children.”

Libby - Progression to Health and Childcare Studies Level 2 Diploma

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