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.Department information
Caring for Children: Entry Level 3
This qualification encourages an understanding of the knowledge and the skills needed to care for young children. You will cover aspects of children’s growth, learning and development. There are also units to help with self-development.
Introduction to Health, Social Care and Children and Young People's Settings: Level 1
This qualification aims to give you the basic knowledge necessary to care for children of a variety of ages, learning how to keep them healthy and safe. The course includes BTEC Level 1 and 2 Cooking Skills and CACHE Level 1 Certificate in Well-Being.
CACHE Diploma for The Early Years Practitioner Level 2
On this course you will learn how to care for and support children and young adults.
Childcare and Education: Level 3 Certificate/Diploma
Students will learn about the development of children aged up to eight and how to care for them. In your second year you will do a Jamie Oliver Home Cooking Skills BTEC. Learning about safe food preparation and handling and nutrition is excellent preparation for working in childcare as a nanny or in a nursery setting. The course also includes: Makaton (Sign Language) Level 1 & 2 (During the 2nd year) BTEC Cooking Skills Level 1 and 2 (During the 2nd year) Emergency Paediatric First Aid Certificate
Education and Child Care T Level
T Level programmes are designed to provide progression routes into skilled and technical employment, higher or degree apprenticeships, or university. They will offer students a mixture of classroom learning and ‘on-the-job’ experience during a 45-day industry placement that will give students practical insights into the sector and an opportunity to embed the knowledge and skills learned in the classroom. You will spend 70-80% of your time in the classroom and 20-30% on a high-quality work placement with an employer.
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.
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.
At Nescot we encourage our students to think ahead, so that they can choose the right courses to fit them and their future. We also use an innovative online platform called Start, which is a free and comprehensive digital platform, offering students a single starting point to help simplify careers guidance. Students can build a personal profile aimed at guiding them throughout their career. Find out more here.
This chart shows some details about employment trends in the sector, and companies Nescot works with.
Skills you will gain
If you want to work with young children it is essential to get both knowledge and experience. Your journey as a Nescot student will balance classroom, practical and work experience to ensure you have the skills for a rewarding career. Your learning will include:
- Resilience and mental health
- Knowledge of Early Years
- Foundation Stage framework
- Legislation and health & safety
- Organisation and communication skills
- Safeguarding and equality & diversity
- Empathy and care giving
- Literacy, numeracy and IT skills
- Observation and assessment
I’m the only male in our group of 20, but the whole class are very supportive and I feel included and comfortable. It doesn’t matter if I’m the only male – I think you should study what you want to do, and I enjoy working with children. I think it’s really important for more men to get into childcare – we are role models and it is good for schools and nurseries to have a balance of sexes.
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
Travel & Tourism
Nescot's Travel and Tourism department will give you the skills to work in one of the world’s most exciting and fastest moving industries.
If you have a passion for cars or engineering then Nescot's specialist training courses could provide you with an introduction to the industry, or build on existing skills developed in the industry and further your career opportunities. It is a great time to be working in the Motor Vehicle industry as the sector is predicted to have record growth in the coming years.
Hair & Beauty
Whether you are thinking of a career as a hairdresser in a salon, a beauty therapist in a spa or a make-up artist in the theatre and or in the world of TV or film, we have a course for you to enable you to take your first steps. Plus, our Hairdressing courses are powered by Toni&Guy - see course details for more information.
Health & Social Care
Nescot’s Care and Health Team are at the forefront of a fast-moving industry. We believe in treating our students as responsible adult individuals and you will rapidly grow in both ability and maturity. We pride ourselves on the fact that our students are so well regarded that employers frequently send us their vacancies because they want someone who is ‘Nescot qualified’.