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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 teaching assistant this course will develop essential skills for you to build upon.

Level 1 will explore the basics of working within the early years industry, learning the skills needed to become an early years practitioner. Level 2 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. 

Why people love Early Years

Career Prospects

This pathway could lead to many career opportunities


Nursery nurses and assistants

Annual pay

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 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