Childcare & Early Years

The first years of a child’s life are a crucial time in their development. The experiences they have when they are very small, before they start school, are critical to how they view the world as they grow up.  That’s why there are few areas of work more varied and rewarding than childcare and early years. If want to work with pre-school children, a course with NEC can open doors for you.

All NEC childcare and early years courses are accredited by NCFE CACHE (the Council for Awards in Care, Health and Education), which is the leading awarding body in the UK for courses in early years care, childminding, play-work and supporting teaching and learning.

All our childcare and early years courses are at Level 2 or 3. To find out which level is right for you, we recommend that you take our ‘Choosing the correct level’ quiz (you can find this in the sidebar to the right, or at the bottom of this page if you are on a mobile device).

Studying childcare and early years with NEC

With NEC’s flexible Childcare and Early Years courses, you study at a time and pace to suit you. Courses are delivered on the Laser e-portfolio, an online learning system endorsed by NCFE CACHE.

When you become an NEC student, you’ll be supported by an NEC tutor who will, themselves, have experience of working in the childcare and early years professions as well as experience of assessing and tutoring online learners. You’ll also be able to call on the expertise of our Student Support team, by email or on the phone. Your tutor will help you build up the evidence you need towards gaining your chosen qualification. For courses that require a workplace observation as part of the assessment, your tutor will arrange to visit you in your setting. Please be aware this incurs an additional cost.

NEC’s distance learning Childcare and Early Years courses

At NEC, we’re experts in distance learning. Over the last 50+ years, we’ve delivered courses and qualifications to thousands of adults and young people across the UK and beyond. What matters most to us is the success of our students.

Our courses are designed for independent learning. You will access your course materials online.