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Early Years


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

Build a foundation for your future in childhood education. Learn in our training nursery and benefit from our links.

With access to the College training nursery, students are supported during their studies, enabling them to recognise their potential before entering the childcare industry or progressing on to university.

Students benefit from structured placements, which is an integral part of the early years qualification. Extensive links with local employers provides access to placement opportunities* and real-life training. *DBS check required.

Applicants that are 19+ please scroll down and click on the appropriate programme including access, higher education, and short and part-time courses.

  • Nursery Assistant
  • Teacher
  • Au Pair/Nanny
  • Child Psychologist
  • Children's Holiday Rep

Why people love Early Years

Ellia Moore

Ellia Moore

"I learn everything from making a bottle and changing a nappy, to how to safeguard a child. I go to placement at a primary school; it’s amazing the bond you build with the children and how much they develop in such little time."

Soraya Lawrence

Soraya Lawrence

"I like that you get to study around like-minded individuals and tutors that treat you like an adult. You get the support and guidance that you need and the facilities to help you train to be what you want to be."

Phoebe Hartshorne

Phoebe Hartshorne

"The course is structured really well and the lessons are fun and easy to understand, and you are able to go at your own pace. Placement is amazing, you gain a lot of experience and hands on learning. The course gives you so many opportunities."

Career Prospects

Example: Primary and nursery education teaching professionals

 Annual pay
£19,760 - £51,480
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 33% over the period to 2027, adding 135,479 jobs. In the same period, 74% of the workforce is projected to retire, creating 301,488 job openings.

Role description

Primary (and middle school deemed primary) and nursery education teaching professionals plan, organise and provide instruction to children at all levels up to the age of entry into secondary education.

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What's next?

If you are 16 to 18-years-old and want to explore your options then apply today.

Step 1 - Apply

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

Step 2 - Interview

We will contact you with appropriate options for conducting your interview, either online or in person.

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

Courses at Canterbury College

If you know exactly which course and level you need to apply for, or want more information, please select from the options below:

What are T Levels?

T Levels are a brand new qualification designed to give you a head start towards the future you want. They follow GCSEs and are equivalent to 3 A Levels.

Contact us

We'd love to hear from you

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Canterbury, Kent

01227 811111