Adult Skills and Community Learning

This course is for learners who are looking for a first qualification into employment in children’s pre-school education or social care.

See our course listing for teaching and early years for details of the days, times, locations and fees for these courses.

Length of course

1 year or 4 hours a week plus 6 hours a week in placement.

Course content

The course covers the age range from birth to 7 years and includes a mandatory unit plus optional units.

Topics covered include child development, health and safety, the foundation stage curriculum, safeguarding, personal development and many others relevant to working with young children.

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this qualification but you must be at least 19 years of age and have, or be working towards, English at level 1.

Work in a real work environment

You'll need to be working, volunteering, or on a practical placement, as you need to show competence in both knowledge and skills.

Course fees


If you're under 23 and don't have a full level 2 qualification, or you're on certain benefits, you'll qualify for a fee reduction or remission.

For details of how to pay and any fee reductions or remission that may apply see our paying for a course page.

How to apply 

Before committing to the course, we'll ask you to come along to an information session with a tutor so that we can make sure this is the right course for you.

Give us a call to book a place on the next session.  

What you can do next

  • ​CACHE Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Workforce (Early Years Educator) 
    This course is for those who wish to work in the children and young people's workforce.  It covers a diverse range of job roles and occupational areas working in this field, including early years and social care.

  • Progression through Level 3 into Early Years Foundation degree and Early Years Professional status



What our learners say

  • 95% of our community learners say they would recommend us, the highest satisfaction rating in the country.
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  • 79% of our adult skills learners progress onto further learning.
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  • in 2015-16 we ran over 600 courses in more than 60 venues across Barnsley.
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  • In 2015-16 we enrolled 4000 learners in 18 different subject areas.
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