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From £10,500 starting salary to £20,500 as a Nursery Manager as well as a varied career with great job satisfaction, working in Childcare is rewarding in more ways than one.View courses »

Changes in the law mean qualifications in childcare now offer more potential career opportunities than ever, and great pay too. Whether you'd like to work at your local nursery, support young people with special needs or even find a job on a cruise ship, we've got professionally recognised courses to help you get there. Better still, our industry-experienced tutors make learning fun as well as fascinating. You'll also enjoy brilliant College facilities as well as the chance to gain relevant work experience and boost your CV.

Picture Yourself

You could start your own crèche, do child-minding from home, or work in places like nurseries, schools, private homes, community groups, special needs centres, or even on cruise ships and in holiday resorts.

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We'll use our contacts with organisations and businesses to help you get a foot in their door, great for gaining work experience or finding a paid job.

Example Careers

Nursery Nurse/Assistant
£12,000 - £22,000

Nursery Nurses and Assistants care for children from birth up to seven years of age in day or residential nurseries, children's homes, maternity units and similar establishments.

Teaching Assistant
£13,000 - £22,000

Teaching Assistants assist teachers with their day-to-day classroom work and with routine administrative tasks.

Meet the Course Leader

Emily Lenihan, Course Leader, Childcare & Early Years

"I've had 17 years' experience within different childcare settings, including day nurseries, primary schools, with children who had learning difficulties and at a school for children who've suffered abuse or have special needs. I've also been a link tutor working with adults who had a learning difficulty or disability, and before Calderdale College I was course leader on a childcare course at Wakefield College. I have an HND and BA HONS Degree in Childhood/Professional studies and a PGCE in teaching. Calderdale College offers a great range of rewarding childcare qualifications, and the practical experience that our tutors have within the industry definitely shows through in the quality of teaching."

Student Testimonial

Former Level 3 Childcare student, Sabrina Ali

"I'm here because it was recommended by a cousin. It was a good step forward to become a Primary School Teacher. I have to do four days in placement every other week and it's good because it gives me a taster of what it is going to be like. My tutors are supportive, not just in College but also when we are in placement. I would recommend this course to other people because of the tutors, course,  what you achieve and the experience you gain at the end of it."

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Childcare Courses

Course Attendance Start date
Caring for Children Entry Level Certificate NCFE CACHE Full-time Week beginning 4 September 2017
Caring for Children Level 1 Certificate NCFE CACHE Full-time Week beginning 8 January 2017
Caring for Children Level 1 Diploma NCFE CACHE Full-time Week beginning 4 September 2017
Intermediate Apprenticeship for the Children & Young People's Workforce Level 2 Part-time (day) Various start dates (each half term)
Level 2 Introduction to Early Years Care & Education Certificate Full-time Week Beginning 4th September 2017
NCFE CACHE Level 2 Award in Child Development and Care Full-time 23 January 2017
Advanced Apprenticeship for the Children and Young People's Workforce - Level 3 Part-time (evening) Various start dates (Each half term)
L3 Certificate for Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools Part-time (evening) Week beginning 4 September 2017
Level 3 Diploma in Specialist Support for Teaching and Learning in Schools Part-time (evening) Start anytime.
NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Child Care and Education (EYE) Full-time Week beginning 4 September 2017
Playwork for Early Years and Childcare Workers Level 3 Transition Award NCFE CACHE Part-time (evening) Various start dates throughout the year
Foundation Degree Early Years - Full Time Full-time Week beginning 11 September 2017
BA (Hons) Early Years (Top-Up) (February Start - Evening course) Part-time (evening) Week beginning 11 september
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