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Childcare and education

Our full-time courses in caring for children provide the perfect foundation for a career in childcare, which can lead to rewarding careers in early years, primary teaching or social work.

Childcare and education courses

Why choose childcare and education at West Notts?

Tutors with industry experience

As an early years and education student you’ll be taught by experienced staff who are happy to share a wealth of practical knowledge with you, ensuring you are fully-equipped to deal with almost anything!

Get crafty and creative!

Lessons in childcare or education aren’t all work and no play. You are encouraged to develop creative activities and learning games to support the development of young children within a nursery setting.

Work placements

You’ll have the chance to learn both in the classroom and in real-life working environments, including our on-site crèche and playroom. Our links with local employers, industry experts, and with NTU Mansfield, means that you’ll have access wide variety of opportunities for work placements, as well as for future employment and further study.

Be part of the 'Learning Company'

We have some great ideas for learning companies across the college, which are designed to bring out your entrepreneurial skills, working with real customers and learning some great business skills. Business ideas for our childcare students are:

  • Working with nurseries and primary schools to create resources to support the development of literacy skills and language acquisition for young children through the creation of a range of story sacks and literacy resources. The story sacks will be an excellent way to create and sustain an interest in books. Children enjoy fun and interactive activities, and this is a perfect way to allow children to be more hands on during story time, stimulating their minds and imagination by bringing stories to life.
  • Students will bid to take part in a project to raise money and provide support for children’s charities. Students will present their chosen charity and business activities that will enable them to support this, and how they will drive the project to success. Six charities will be chosen and each will have a project leader with additional team roles. Students presenting for charities that do not have viable ideas will join one of the chosen six charities. Students will need to raise any funds to start their project through innovative ideas. This will also involve employing level 1 and level 2 learners to support the project

 

What our students say

Beth and Caitlyn praise the support they get from tutors on their childcare course, both in their studies and on work placement. They’ve loved hearing from guest speakers who have visited to share their industry knowledge with students.

 

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Why choose West Notts?

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100% A Level pass rate in 2020.

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One of the top colleges in the UK for student satisfaction.**Learner Exit Survey 2019/20

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An extensive bus service across Mansfield and the surrounding area.

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We have four campuses each boasting a number of state-of-the-art facilities.

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