Adult Skills and Community Learning

This course is for learners who want an introductory course to working with children in a nursery or school, and who are not yet ready to start a full qualification.

Length of course

3 hours a week for 5 weeks

Course content

This qualification covers basic child development, the role of the childcare worker or teaching assistant, the structure of the setting, curriculum and will enable learners to decide on a path of training and employment. You'll study an entry level qualification in personal progression.

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this qualification

Course fees

This course is free

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

Level 2 certificate in early years care and education

Level 2 certificate in supporting teaching and learning


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.