T Level Education and Childcare - Early Years Educator

Level 1 Diploma

Course Location


Trafford College


Altrincham Campus

Further Details


College 16-18


T Level

Course Start Date

Tuesday 3rd September 2024

Course Duration

Full-time, 1 Year

Course Time

09:00 - 17:00

Course Fee

£ 0.00
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Course Code


Course Overview

Learners will study a 2 year Childcare & Education course that has been developed in collaboration with employers and businesses to meet industry standards. The course is a mixture of classroom based assessments and engaging with employers in a nursery, childcare setting or primary school. You will gain a valuable opportunity to put your theoretical knowledge into practice, spending over 60 days in industry.

Course Requirements

5 GCSE’s at grade 4 or above including maths and English Language.

What you will Learn

From exploring a range of different theoretical perspectives to analysing the thinking of key philosophers, on this course you’ll study the complex factors that affect children’s lives and explore ways to positively shape and influence their futures. This qualification is current and relevant with progression routes, allowing you to gain a license to practice for employment or opportunities or Higher Education.


Formative assessments will take place throughout the 2 year course.
2 externally set and marked exams.
Reflective journal.
800 hours in industry led placement.


This course is suitable for anyone wanting a career in early years education, childcare or assisting teaching. Students can progress into roles such as:
Early years practitioner
Primary school teacher
Teaching Assistant
Learning mentor
Special educational needs assistant
Play worker
Portage home visitor

Career Options

Completing a T-Level in Education and Childcare opens up various career options in the field of education and childcare. T-Levels are vocational qualifications designed to prepare students for specific careers. Here are some career options you can consider after completing a T-Level in Education and Childcare:

Teaching Assistant: T-Levels in Education and Childcare can provide you with the knowledge and skills needed to work as a teaching assistant in schools. You’ll support teachers in the classroom, help students with their learning, and assist with administrative tasks.

Nursery or Preschool Assistant: You can work in nurseries, preschools, or early childhood education centres, providing care and support to young children. Your T-Level training will prepare you for this role, which involves helping with activities, ensuring children’s safety, and supporting their development.

Childcare Worker: Childcare workers take care of children outside of school hours, such as before and after school or during school holidays. They provide a safe and nurturing environment and engage children in various activities.

Special Educational Needs (SEN) Support Worker: You can work with students who have special educational needs, providing one-on-one support or working in a specialized classroom setting. Your T-Level education and childcare training will help you understand how to support these students effectively.

Early Years Educator: With additional qualifications and experience, you can become an early years educator and work in settings like day nurseries, playgroups, and preschools. You’ll plan and deliver educational activities and monitor children’s development.

Childminder: T-Levels can provide you with the knowledge needed to become a registered childminder. Childminders offer childcare services in their homes, providing a smaller, more intimate setting for children.

Family Support Worker: Family support workers assist families in need by offering practical and emotional support. They may help parents develop parenting skills and connect them with relevant community resources.

Youth Worker: While a T-Level in Education and Childcare is primarily focused on early years and primary education, you can still pursue a career as a youth worker, especially if you gain additional qualifications and experience working with older children and teenagers.

Play Therapist: With further education and training, you can become a play therapist, using play and creative activities to help children with emotional or behavioural challenges.

Further Education or University: You can use your T-Level as a stepping stone to higher education in fields related to education, such as early childhood studies, primary education, or psychology. This can lead to careers as a teacher, educational psychologist, or researcher.

Educational Administrator: If you prefer a more administrative role, you can work in educational institutions as an administrator, managing records, scheduling, and other administrative tasks.

Education and Childcare Consultant: With experience and additional qualifications, you can become a consultant who advises educational institutions, childcare centers, or parents on best practices in education and childcare.

The specific career path you choose will depend on your interests, additional qualifications, and the level of responsibility you wish to assume. It’s important to gain practical experience through internships or work placements during your T-Level program to enhance your job prospects and determine the career path that best suits you.

Mandatory Units

Year 1
Wider context
Supporting education
Safeguarding, health and safety, and wellbeing
Parents, families and carers
Working with others
Child development
Observation and assessment
Reflective practice
Equality and diversity
Special educational needs and disability
English as an additional language

Year 2
Support and promote children’s play, development and early education
Develop relationships with children to facilitate their development
Plan, provide and review care, play and educational opportunities to enable children to progress
Safeguard and promote the health, safety and wellbeing of children
Work in partnership with colleagues, parents, carers and other professionals to support children’s development

Contact Details

For further information please contact T: 0161 886 7070 or E: info@trafford.ac.uk

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Although every care has been taken to ensure that the information contained within this document is accurate, there may be changes to this programme and provision. We will endeavour to keep prospective and current students updated where appropriate and when the information becomes available.
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