Are you a nurturing and caring person? Studying a course in Early Years & Childcare, you'll learn how to look after and nurture babies and young children in a nursery or pre-school setting.

Our courses will provide you with the social skills necessary to work in this sector, and will equip you with other areas of expertise needed, such as first aid, hygiene, health and safety, care skills and record keeping. At the same time, you will develop your practical skills, expand your theoretical knowledge and improve your confidence.

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By choosing to study at Bradford College you will benefit from specialist training rooms and resources, well qualified and experienced teaching staff, guest lecturers and visits.

We also offer ‘Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools' qualifications. These are ideal for building the experience necessary to work in Primary, Secondary and Further Education.

Work placements will form a key part of your course to help develop your practical skills and build your knowledge. You will be supported by a specialist placement tutor, in locations including hospitals, residential care homes and youth centres, community projects, schools and pre-school settings. You will also take part in activities including charity fundraising and community projects.

What should I study?

To help you decide which course is right for you, our progression route guide explains the various levels and qualifications required for your course and how you might wish to progress with your studies.

To find a specific course you're interested in, view the links below.

Caring for Children  Childcare and Education  Teaching Assistants

Alternatively, if you already know what you want to study you can apply online.


Careers opportunities include working in children's centres, crèches, kids' clubs, nurseries, and playgroups. You may choose to work as a Childminder, Community/Private Nursery Worker, Senior Nursery Worker, Centre Manager, Community Play Leader, Care Assistant, Occupational/Speech/Behavioural Therapist

 Earning potential per year
Teaching Assistant£11,500 – 23,000

Nursery Worker

£14,000 – 24,000

£12,000 - 30,000

Higher Education

Most specialist roles will require a degree or recognised Diploma. Our courses are designed to equip you with the qualifications needed to progress onto degree level courses or move onto related subjects such as Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work and Teaching.