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Early Years


Pathways are made up of courses focused on future careers or further education opportunities

If you are interested in teaching or working with children, our range of courses will give you hands-on work experience, and our professionally qualified staff will help you get the most out of the theory, making you work-ready for your future career.

With the current focus on high quality, professional early years education and care, this is a fast growing sector in the UK. Practitioners working with children in their early years are expected to be literate, numerate and function at a high level in a wide range of skills. They need a comprehensive understanding of young children's development, the importance of safeguarding, the need for appropriate health and safety at all times, as well as how to plan challenging, developmentally appropriate activities to support young children's play and learning and how to support young children with a wide range of additional needs and behaviours. And that's just for starters!

Do you have a passion for working with the next generation and helping to mould the future of society? Are you willing to work hard, both in college and at your early years work placement? With courses at various levels, no matter what your starting point is, we have a course to suit you. You will be taught by qualified lecturers with a passion for early years education and care, all of whom have practical knowledge and experience of working in the sector. We also have excellent working relationships with early years settings across our local area, enabling us to place learners with a range of high quality providers close to their home for their practical workplace experience.

Studying Early Years Education and Care at Ashford College will allow you to gain an internationally recognised qualification and develop your career; whether that's progressing to a higher level course with us, joining the workforce in a variety of roles at home or abroad, or moving on to University, Ashford College Early Years team can help you achieve your goals.

Career Prospects

This pathway could lead to many career opportunities


Nursery nurses and assistants

Annual pay

Annual pay is per year, based on full-time employment and on the South East region.

Across the UK the workforce is projected to expand by 42% over the period to 2027, adding 72,748 jobs. In the same period, 73% of the workforce is projected to retire, creating 125,640 job openings.

Role description

Nursery nurses and assistants care for children from birth up to seven years of age in day or residential nurseries, children’s homes, maternity units and similar establishments.

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What's next?

Step 1 Apply

Once you apply, you will have an interview to discuss your chosen pathway

Step 2 Interview

At your interview, the tutor will discuss the entry requirements for each level and course. This is also your opportunity to make sure that this pathway meets your goals and ambitions.

Guidance on Interviews

Once you have submitted an application we will contact you with the a range of options for conducting your interviews remotely, such as telephone or Skype, or organising interviews once the College reopens and social distancing is relaxed.

Courses at Ashford College

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