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VOD - Childcare & Education

Welcome to Childcare & Education

Are there many careers that are more rewarding than helping to nurture and develop the next generation?

If you enjoy working with babies and toddlers, have creative ideas for games and activities, and a strong sense of responsibility, then you could be perfectly suited to a career in childcare. If you’re great at communicating information and think you could inspire a room full of children, then one of our education study programmes could be for you.

Which course is right for me?

Picking the right course is the first step in your Childcare & Education career! Whether you choose a full-time study programme and pick your own specialism, join one of our Employers Skills Academies or head straight into an Apprenticeship, we're sure to have something that suits you and your learning style. 

Just click on a button below to start exploring our Childcare & Education courses and Apprenticeships. 

Childcare FAQs

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Childcare Level 2

While we offer various courses in Childcare, lets take a look into Childcare Level 2. This course is designed to give you the knowledge, understanding and practical skills needed for supervised employment in early year settings. It is ideal for learners who would like to work with children and their families, in a variety of different early years settings - for example day care, nursery, out of school care and schools.

Check out the quick facts below and watch the video to see our FAQs about this course!

  • Location: City Campus
  • Mode of study: Full-time
  • Duration: 1 year
  • Qualification: BTEC Diploma
  • Start date: September 2020


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What kind of work will I do on an Childcare & Education Study Programme?

Whichever path you choose, studying at The Sheffield College will give you the skills, knowledge and experience to head into a career in childcare or education with confidence.

Not only will you learn about areas such as child development and working with parents, you’ll also develop transferable skills like communication and First Aid that will come in handy in a wide variety of jobs – not just those in a school or nursery.

Trips, Visits & Competitions

At The Sheffield College, we go further to ensure that you get the best learning and cultural experiences possible to enhance your time with us. Whether that's through visits to local art exhibitions and museums, guest speakers coming in to demonstrate their knowledge and skills, or visiting major industry leaders so you can see how they go further in the real world.


Recently, we’ve taken students to New York, Beijing, London, Berlin, Morocco, Iceland, Bruges, behind the scenes at East Midlands Airport and British Airways HQ, Whitby and even Florence in Italy.

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Work-related Activity & Industry Placements

In this industry experience is key and very important when it comes to applying for a job. That’s why all of our study programmes include industry placements or tasters that will allow you to put your theoretical knowledge to the test, helping you to feel more confident in your abilities when it comes to applying for jobs.

We’ve got extensive relationships with nurseries throughout Sheffield, including our own Ofsted rated ‘Good’ and ‘Outstanding’ nurseries at our City and Hillsborough Campuses. We also work alongside local schools and other childcare facilities to give you the chance of gaining experience by going on industry placements.

What's in it for me?
  • Improve your job prospects and gain knowledge of the work place in a variety of areas
  • Enhance your employability skills such as communication skills, problem-solving, social skills, time-management, commitment, enthusiasm, flexibility and team work
  • Previous experience of work can help you during interviews and it looks impressive on your CV
  • Helps you understand what motivates you and what you are passionate about so that you can apply this to your future career


We know that having the right facilities can make all the difference to your learning, so we’ve invested lots of money in the best facilities to make sure that we can help you go further.

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What can I do once I finish my studies?

Learners may decide to enter employment within the early years sector in job roles such as assistants in pre -school, children's centres, day nurseries or nursery schools. 

You may even want to look into Primary and nursery education teaching where you will plan, organise and provide instruction to children at all levels up to the age of entry into secondary education. 


Careers advice to help you go further

Choosing a career path when you've only just left school can seem like a daunting prospect, but our Careers Advice Team are on hand to offer you the best impartial careers guidance going. 

They can help you to figure out the kind of jobs that you might enjoy based on your interests, skills and hobbies; or if you already have a pretty good idea of what you'd like to do in the future they can give you some pointers on how to go further and land your dream job. You can talk to them whether you're still deciding on a course or even if you're about to make the jump from education into full-time work. 

Why not ask them a question on Twitter right now? Just send us your question using #AskCareersTSC