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Education and Childcare Services

NURTURE YOUR CARING SIDE WITH OUR NATIONALLY RECOGNISED QUALIFICATIONS.

Offered at

Rotherham College Dearne Valley College

If you want to support and shape the next generation by teaching or supporting children, then a career in Childcare could be the perfect path for you.

Our range of qualifications at Rotherham College and Dearne Valley College can lead to a license to practice within the sector.

We work in partnership with infant schools, specialist schools, nurseries, children’s centres and childminders to ensure our students gain first-hand work experience of how to encourage children to learn, explore and be creative. This allows you to put into practice the theory you have learnt in class and also gain an insight into the many available roles in childcare.

During your course you’ll study topics such as communication with children and adults, child development, children’s health and wellbeing, health and safety, childhood illnesses, providing safe environments for babies and children and play and learning. You’ll also take part in practical activities including making story sacks featuring books, props and sensory materials, cooking for children, healthy eating, painting and displays as well as supporting care routines for babies and young children.

Outside the classroom you’ll be able to take part in enrichment activities which can include event management.

Your Pathways

  • Entry Level

    Childcare and Care

  • Level 1

    Care

  • Level 2

    Childcare

    Caring for Children and Young People

  • Level 3

    Childcare

  • Level 4/5

    Foundation Degree in Early Childhood Studies

  • Level 6

    BA (Hons) in Early Childhood Studies

BY 2025 THERE ARE EXPECTED TO BE 10,373 JOBS IN THE CHILDCARE SECTOR IN SOUTH YORKSHIRE.

EMSI 2021

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Study Education and Childcare Services

“My tutors are really supportive. I like learning about a range of in-depth topics relating to my course.”

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Aimee Winstanley Level 3 Health and Social Care, Former student at De Warenne Academy

FUTURE CAREERS IN CHILDCARE

The childcare sector is ideal for those who are patient, caring and have a passion for helping children to develop, learn and reach their full potential.

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Teaching Assistant

Average salary - £21,500*

Teaching Assistants support teachers with classroom work and admin tasks and facilitate children’s development via help with reading, writing and learning activities.

Day-to-day tasks:

Helping teachers prepare lesson materials, working with students to support them with work, recording and reporting student progress, maintaining a safe and healthy environment and following safeguarding procedures and helping manage class behaviour.**

Working environments:

Schools (public or private) and special needs schools.

*EMSI 2021 **nationalcareers.service.gov.uk

Nursery Assistant

Average salary - £19,200*

Nursery Assistants care for children from birth up to seven years old and help their development and learning in a safe and supportive setting.

Day-to-day tasks:

Planning and supervising activities like art, music and cooking, helping children to learn numeracy and language skills through games, taking children on trips, observing children and writing reports, making sure children are safe and well and speaking with parents and carers.**

Working environments:

Nurseries, children’s homes or hospitals.

*EMSI 2021 **nationalcareers.service.gov.uk

What our students say

“My tutors are really supportive. I like learning about a range of in-depth topics relating to my course.”

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Aimee Winstanley Level 3 Health and Social Care, Former student at De Warenne Academy

“The teachers are very supportive in helping me achieve my ambition to study adult nursing at university.”

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Maneerat Thongngoen Level 3 Health and Social Care Former student at De Warenne Academy
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