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Early Years

Early Years at Nescot provides students with a strong foundation for their journey as an early years practitioner. With a strong focus on innovative practice, all students use their skills in a work placement, which allows them to nurture links with employers and prepare for employment.

The Early Years Department

The whole department is deeply committed to helping you become the care professional you want to be. We will give you a thorough understanding of the theory of your chosen area and provide you with innovative, exciting opportunities to put that understanding into practice. Whether you are already working with children and want to take your career further, or are just starting out Nescot’s Early Years courses will show you how to keep children healthy and happy.

We not only give you work experience in the wider world but you can also get involved with other departments at Nescot to give you a real feel for your chosen career. From experience in the Campus Nursery, Nestots, to working with some of our students with learning disabilities, you will learn how to put classroom theory into practice to change lives.

    What You Can Expect
    • Targeted work experience in an organisation relevant to your area of study, so that you can see for yourself how your skills could fit in different sectors.
    • Childcare employers frequently send us their vacancies because they want someone who is ‘Nescot qualified’.
    • The opportunity to do work experience at our on-site nursery, Nestots.
    • Level 3 students get additional qualifications in cooking and paediatric first aid, to increase their employability even further.
    • Students go on a range of trips throughout the year, including to Thorpe Park and Brighton, to give them an opportunity to practice planning an effective trip.
    • Students benefit from an annual careers fair, where a range of local employers network with our students, which leads to real job opportunities within the industry.
    Our Staff

    Our tutors are excellent teachers and mentors with a wide breadth of industry experience, including nursery managers, special needs practitioners, primary school learning support and nannying. The quality of teaching in the department has consistently been recognised as good or above.


    Early years students from Nescot have gone on to study at universities such as King’s College London, the University of Roehampton and St Mary’s, as well as finding work straight after finishing at Nescot.


    • Childminder
    • Children’s nurse
    • Crèche assistant
    • Early years teacher
    • Holiday childcare representative
    • Hospital play specialist
    • Nanny
    • Nursery assistant
    • Nursery manager
    • Playworker
    • Primary school teacher
    • Special care baby unit assistant
    • Special needs teaching assistant
    • Teaching assistant
    Photograph of a Nescot student

    We’ve learnt a lot, from how children grow and develop to how to give them a healthy diet. My work experience as a learning support assistant has given me the chance to use what I’ve learnt, and it’s helped me to become more confident too.

    Hear from our students