Adult Skills and Community Learning

This course is suitable for parents or volunteers looking to work in childcare or in an early years setting. It's an ideal first qualification if you're returning to study or if you'd like to build on your existing skills.

Length of course

3 hours a week for 10 weeks

Course content

This qualification covers basic child development, the role of the childcare worker, the structure of the setting and the curriculum.

Learning from the course will help you choose your path of training and employment if you decide to move on to a career in childcare or help to run a group.

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this qualification but you should have a good standard of English.

Course fees

The course costs £137.

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

How to apply

You'll need to book an appointment to attend an information session with a tutor before you can start the course to make sure it's the right one for you.

Sessions take place at Wellington House in Barnsley town centre and last about 30 minutes.

What you can do next

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.