Adult Skills and Community Learning

Short courses are designed as a first step if you're considering a career working with children in an early years setting or in a school. They're ideal for people who aren't quite ready to commit to a full qualification or need to decide whether a career in the industry is right for them.


Level 1 courses will help you develop the basic knowledge of working with children up to the age of 16, and will help you to decide whether to train to care for children in an early years setting or work with children and young people in a school or college.

These courses are ideal if you want to step up to a full qualification or you'd just like to understand your own children’s development.

Level 2 and Level 3 are designed for people wanting to work, or who are working, with children or young people.

These nationally recognised qualifications are what you need if you're thinking about working:

  • with babies or young children at home, as a childminder or nanny
  • in an early years setting
  • in a nursery or reception class attached to a school
  • in school or college working with children or young people

With these qualifications, you could pursue a wide range of job roles, at varying levels, either in a paid or voluntary capacity, within the childcare workforce.

What our learners say

  • The course gave me the confidence to work in a nursery and be good at my job.
    Early years course adult learner
  • It has given me the confidence to look for other work opportunities that I wouldn't have considered before.
    Early years course adult learner
  • It has helped me to decide what I would like to do in the future!
    Early years course adult learner
  • I have been able to apply for Teaching Assistant jobs and feel confident doing so.
    Teaching assistant course adult learner
  • My teaching assistant course was a great experience. I can't wait to continue at Level 3.

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