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Childcare at Nacro

Course description

If you’re thinking about getting a job in a nursery or a play centre then our early years courses are a great place to start. We’ll take you through the basics of working with children and show you how to make learning fun. You’ll get plenty of practical experience while you learn, which will give you confidence when you start work.

Caring for Children

  • Level E3
  • Award, Certificate or Diploma
  • City and Guilds

Introduction to Health, Social Care & Children's & Young People's settings

  • Level 1
  • Award, Certificate or Diploma
  • City and Guilds


  • Level 2
  • Award, Certificate or Diploma
  • City and Guilds

Course content

  • Talking with children and young people
  • Respecting children and keeping them safe
  • Encouraging children to eat healthily
  • Physical activities for children
  • Involving children in group activitie

Depending on which course you take, you’ll work towards gaining an award, a certificate or a diploma.

Entry requirements

You don’t need any qualifications or previous experience. You can start at any level that suits you and then move on to other levels. To start a level 2 course, you will need to be working at level 1 in your English and Maths. We also expect you to show an interest in a subject of your choice.


You’ll be assessed through an assignment.

Future opportunities

With your qualification, you can apply for jobs including:

  • nursery nurse
  • childminder
  • special educational needs assistant
  • preschool advisor
  • playworker
  • play therapist
  • school lunchtime supervisor

Alternatively you can take a related course at a higher level or apply for an apprenticeship in a related work area.

Further information

Any of the tutors at your centre will listen to your needs and offer you help. If you have personal matters you’re worried about, you can talk to one of our safeguarding officers. You will find their contact details displayed in the centre.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Nacro directly.

Last updated date: 27 March 2017
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