Dover Technical College - Early Years
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Early Years


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

You can play a vital part in the most important and exciting stage of a child’s life!

This qualification can give you a basis in which to start a rewarding career supporting children in their development. Whether you wish to be a nursery assistant, a primary school teacher or a teaching assistant this course will develop essential skills for you to build upon.

Our full-time Level 2 course will cover a variety of aspects of caring for children and supporting their needs, such as child development, safeguarding and well-being. Here, you can look forward to the opportunity to put your skills into use with work placements in the early years sector. We also offer part-time adult courses at Level 2 and 3.

Why people love Early Years

Early Years student aims high

Early Years student aims high

My time at college has been really enjoyable and the campus has a lot to offer. College really opened my eyes to the job I want to do. In the future I hope to become the manager of the nursery they are building at the college! If you believe in yourself you can achieve what you want. 

A day in the life of an Early Years student

A day in the life of an Early Years student

Today I am in college developing my understanding of Early Years practice, but tomorrow I will be in my work-placement in a Nursery developing my work skills. 

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Children's Book Sale

Children's Book Sale

During Community Week the Early Years Level 2 students organised and held children's book sales in the community in aid of Home-Start Dover and Deal Branch.

The students raised over £70 and have taken the opportunity to look at how to promote literacy to young children.

Career Prospects

Example: Nursery nurses and assistants

 Annual pay
£7,800 - £21,840
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?

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 Dover Technical College

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

Contact us

We'd love to hear from you

Maison Dieu Road
Dover, Kent
CT16 1DH

01304 244332