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Principles in Childcare and Education (PCE)


This is a 10-week induction course taken prior to attending the Diploma in Supporting for Teaching and Learning (Teaching Assistant) - Level 3 or the Diploma for the Early Years Workforce (Early Years Educator) - Level 3 courses.

This course is designed to prepare you for working within a childcare setting/school and assess the most appropriate progression route for you.

You will receive underpinning knowledge relating to a variety of units to prepare you for study and working with children.

This course is designed to recognise and develop the skills of those who work or volunteer with children and young people within an educational or childcare setting, and to identify if they would like to continue with a career in childcare.

You may be volunteering as a classroom assistant (primary/secondary or in colleges) special educational needs assistant or subject specialist teaching assistant. Or, if you're following the early years pathway, you may be volunteering or employed in an early years setting (day nursery or foundation stage within a primary school).

Start dates and fees

The course takes place on Wednesday evenings from 6-8pm.

Please contact us for an explanation of payment methods and information about individual costs.

Start DateCodeAnnual Fee (Age)Actions
over 19

What will I study?

  • Introduction to work based placement
  • Introduction to study
  • The importance of play
  • Prejudice and discrimination
  • Principles of childcare and education
  • Introduction to child development

Entry requirements

  • The course is only available to those aged 19 years and over.
  • You will need to complete a satisfactory DBS check to ensure your suitability for working with children.
  • You must be able to volunteer for a minimum of 6 hours a week in a school or college setting.

How long is the course?

10 weeks.

How will I be assessed?

  • This course consists of units which are a mixture of reflection on your work in a school/college or early years setting.
  • You will be expected to complete one research task.
  • There are no exams.

What can I progress onto?

  • Diploma in Supporting Teaching and Learning (Teaching Assistant) - Level 3
  • Diploma for the Early Years Workforce (Early Years Educator) - Level 3

Career opportunities

How do I apply?

Apply online

Next steps

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