If you are gifted with an instinct to care, support and educate others, training to work in the early years or education sector will give you the opportunity to inspire the minds of the next generation of children and young people.

Our courses are the first step in an exciting journey to a very fulfilling career. The care and teaching of children at all levels is a well-respected and sought-after profession, and one that can positively influence and change lives. With a high level of regulation and responsibility, you must be able to work as part of a team, have patience, be supportive and passionate about helping others.

Our highly experienced Early Years team offer a range of courses that will help you become a fully-trained childcare professional, ready to enter this rewarding world of work or continue to university.

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Full Time Courses

Our specialist Early Years and Education courses are available from Level 2 to Level 6 and will give you a real and practical experience of working with children and adults, leading to a wide range of careers in development and education.

You will be taught by experienced professionals and will receive valuable work experience with local employers. Training will help you develop the knowledge and behaviours needed to become a licensed practitioner, including care and compassion, honesty, trust, integrity, inspiration and support of children in a range of different settings.

Our full time courses provide:

  • Industry placements to provide extensive work experience
  • Great job opportunities through fantastic employer links
  • Practical ‘Teddy Tots’ sessions with children from our on-site Ofsted ‘Outstanding’ Kidz Inc nursery
  • Workshops and visits from guest speakers, with introductions to career pathways in the sector

Course Facilities

Fareham College has excellent training facilities for students studying Early Years and Education courses including:

  • Large classrooms with state-of-the-art IT equipment
  • Newly built outdoor classroom
  • Latest baby care equipment
  • Infant simulators
  • Access to work with staff and children at the College’s on-site nursery
  • Professional Centre for adult learners
  • Innovative, award-winning teachers with extensive industry backgrounds

Career Options

Careers in Early Years and Education are highly rewarding, and there is a growing need for well-qualified staff in day nurseries, primary schools, NHS settings and local councils. Training in this area could lead you to roles including:

  • Nursery Nurse
  • Childminder
  • Crèche Assistant
  • Children’s Holiday Rep
  • Nanny
  • Nursery Room Leader
  • Nursery Manager
  • Early Years Senior Practitioner
  • Early Years Lead Practitioner

An apprenticeship in Early Years or Education provides you with the best possible training to equip you with skills that are in high demand. You will have a full time job and earn a wage, while also attending College, usually for a day a week, in order to gain a nationally recognised qualification and essential competencies.

If you want to work in this sector, an apprenticeship is a way to gain the experience you need to pass on your skills and make a difference to the lives of others. We offer a range of apprenticeship opportunities which could be an ideal training option if you want to work in an early years or primary setting, with work-based training providers, adult or community learning providers, colleges or public training organisations.

Your Campus: Bishopsfield Road

Re-developed in September 2015, Fareham’s BRC campus provides an outstanding learning environment for the 2,000 learners based at the main site. With £16 million of investment, Fareham’s students have access to transforming facilities and the latest technologies and curriculum-based equipment to support some of the best technical and professional teaching in Hampshire.

There are plenty of light, bright and inspirational spaces, both inside and out, where you can relax in between lessons, meet with friends, have a bite to eat or get ahead with some private study. As a student at Fareham College, our creative learning environment will provide an excellent route to your future career, university or further training.

T Levels

Education & Childcare is one of the first subjects to be available as a brand new T level qualification. The course will be available from September 2020, and students entering Year 10 this academic year (2018/19) will be able to apply for a T level course in this specialism.

T levels will combine the career focus and practical elements of current technical and professional qualifications like BTECs and NVQs, with the theory and study of traditional A levels. There is a significant focus on work experience, and between 45-60 days will be spent in an industry placement throughout the two-year course, as well as an employer project.

Trips & Visits

You will have the opportunity to regularly work with staff and children at our on-site nursery, and get involved in community projects, trips and visits to various early years and education settings such as nurseries, pre-schools and primary schools throughout the year.

You will also do additional enrichment activities to gain extra hands-on experience including:

  • Teddy Tots sessions
  • Forest School experiences
  • Beach school experiences
  • Paediatric first aid qualifications
  • Talks and workshops with local universities and employers

Part Time Study

If you’re already working in the industry and would like to update your qualifications, or would like to embark upon a new career in this area, we offer a range of part time courses to help you expand your passion for early years or education. Courses are available from Level 2 to 6, with options that focus on childcare, as well as elements of adult education.

Higher Education

Our Early Years and Education courses at Level 4 and above offer an affordable, flexible and skills-based route to achieve a higher-level qualification. Whether you are already in employment and want to take your career to the next level or would like to train in in a completely new area, our HE courses are available via a range of delivery methods and are accredited by leading professional bodies and universities, including the University of Chichester who award the Foundation degree in Early Year and BA Hons Early Childhood Top-up Degree that we deliver.