Courses to work in schools, education or childcare 

Our free courses * can help you get ahead if you’re looking to work in a school, college or childcare provider. From exploring different jobs working with children to getting the job you want, we’ve got you covered. We have government-funded online courses for teaching assistants and nursery courses.  

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Working with children and young people

Find out about the wide range of jobs available in schools and build the skills you need to kickstart your career. Working in schools can be very rewarding. From lunchtime supervisors to teaching assistants, you’ll have a positive impact on young people’s lives.  

From helping out in schools to paid work

These courses are useful if you are volunteering or plan to work in education, as they help you gain more knowledge. We do a range of courses from short tasters to a free Level two teaching assistant qualification. 

Start a career in childcare

Explore work in childcare and discover the range of roles you can do in a childcare setting. Learn about early years education and what it is like to work with children. Find courses near you or look at our range of online childcare courses.  

Give yourself a boost

Build skills for childcare and schools. Develop your knowledge of special education needs (SEN), so you can support children with autism in education. Give yourself a boost when looking for dinner lady jobs or other jobs in a school.  

Jobseekers, career changers, and those already working in schools or nurseries - find your course today to build your skills. 

*Over 90% of applicants for skills courses do not need to pay a fee. Subject to status - courses are free for unemployed people, job seekers and people on low wage. If you do not qualify you will be alerted during the application process.

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Level 2 Step into Child Development and Well Being

Level 2 Step into Child Development and Well-Being is ideal for those wanting to work with children from birth to age five. These topics cover basic skills you need to know about the development and care of younger children and are ideal for those thinking or preparing to work in early years settings such as nurseries and preschools, as well as those looking to become a childminder or nanny.

Course Information

Dates:
Mon 22/01/2024 -
Tue 05/03/2024
Times:
9:30am - 1:30pm
Duration:
29 sessions
Location:
St Matthews Neighbourhood Cntr (Library)
10 Malabar Road
Leicester
LE1 2PD
Tutor:
Ayman Ali
Course code:
Q00012702
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
5 places remaining
Status:
In progress
Fee range
Free to £150.00

Award in Support Work in Schools and Colleges Level 2

If you enjoy the buzz of learning environments, this qualification can teach you key skills for employment in a school or college. This government-funded course prepares you for a variety of roles. It provides the basic skills and knowledge necessary to work in admin, technical, or support roles in a learning environment. Studying support work in schools at level 2 can be a first step towards working with kids in teaching positions. It also provides you with the qualifications needed to work in admin at schools. No matter what role you’re interested in, this course can teach you skills for employability in schools and colleges.

Course Information

Dates:
Tue 20/02/2024 -
Tue 16/07/2024
Times:
9:00am - 2:00pm
Duration:
22 sessions
Tutor:
Bimbola Olawanle
Course code:
Q00011740
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
0 places remaining
Status:
Fee range
Free to £225.00

Schools, Parenting & child Development: Introduction to Health and Safety in a learning environment

This course is about Health & Safety for Children and Young People in educational settings. Participants will learn about policies, procedures, and legislation governing health & safety within learning environments. Topics include identifying potential risks & hazards, understanding legislation related to health & safety, proper protocols for reporting accidents, incidents, emergencies, considerations for planning safe indoor and outdoor environments & the significance of balanced approach to risk management. Tailored for individuals engaged in or aspiring to work in schools and colleges, course gives essential knowledge and understanding required for health and safety of children and young people in educational settings.

Course Information

Dates:
Thu 22/02/2024 -
Thu 21/03/2024
Times:
10:00am - 1:00pm
Duration:
5 sessions
Tutor:
Kailash Parekh
Course code:
Q00013601
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £55.50

Introduction to Early Years Setting

This introductory course is for anyone who wants to develop a basic knowledge of working with children up to the age of 5 in early years’ settings such as nurseries or pre-schools. You will understand the importance of communication and will gain confidence in applying skills and techniques that will engage children in their personal development. You will study activities that can stimulate children's growth and learning development in their early years. You will increase your confidence in caring for children in early years’ settings. To progress on to an accredited Early Years’ Course at the SPƵվ, or other courses.

Course Information

Dates:
Fri 23/02/2024 -
Fri 22/03/2024
Times:
10:00am - 12:00pm
Duration:
10 sessions
Location:
Ann Tayler Children's Centre (Hackney)
1-13 Triangle Road
Off Westgate Street
Hackney
E8 3RP
Tutor:
Tracey Shackle
Course code:
Q00013537
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
5 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £75.00

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Award in Support Work in Schools and Colleges Level 2

If you enjoy the buzz of learning environments, this qualification can teach you key skills for employment in a school or college. This government-funded course prepares you for a variety of roles. It provides the basic skills and knowledge necessary to work in admin, technical, or support roles in a learning environment. Studying support work in schools at level 2 can be a first step towards working with kids in teaching positions. It also provides you with the qualifications needed to work in admin at schools. No matter what role you’re interested in, this course can teach you skills for employability in schools and colleges.

Course Information

Dates:
Mon 26/02/2024 -
Tue 07/05/2024
Times:
9:30am - 2:30pm
Duration:
18 sessions
Tutor:
Rebecca Liaucius
Course code:
Q00012501
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
4 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £225.00

Support Work in Schools

If you are thinking about a career in teaching, this introductory course is for you. Teaching assistants are an integral part of the classroom. Not only do they provide vital support for pupils, they support the teaching that takes place. This course is ideal if you would like to know more about working as a teaching assistant.

Course Information

Dates:
Tue 27/02/2024 -
Tue 12/03/2024
Course code:
P00000024
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available

Award in Support Work in Schools and Colleges Level 2

If you enjoy the buzz of learning environments, this qualification can teach you key skills for employment in a school or college. This government-funded course prepares you for a variety of roles. It provides the basic skills and knowledge necessary to work in admin, technical, or support roles in a learning environment. Studying support work in schools at level 2 can be a first step towards working with kids in teaching positions. It also provides you with the qualifications needed to work in admin at schools. No matter what role you’re interested in, this course can teach you skills for employability in schools and colleges.

Course Information

Dates:
Wed 28/02/2024 -
Wed 17/07/2024
Times:
9:00am - 2:30pm
Duration:
38 sessions
Location:
Park Lane Children's Centre (London)
139 Park Lane
London
N17 0HB
Tutor:
Bimbola Olawanle
Course code:
Q00013337
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
7 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £225.00

Award in Support Work in Schools and Colleges Level 2

If you enjoy the buzz of learning environments, this qualification can teach you key skills for employment in a school or college. This government-funded course prepares you for a variety of roles. It provides the basic skills and knowledge necessary to work in admin, technical, or support roles in a learning environment. Studying support work in schools at level 2 can be a first step towards working with kids in teaching positions. It also provides you with the qualifications needed to work in admin at schools. No matter what role you’re interested in, this course can teach you skills for employability in schools and colleges.

Course Information

Dates:
Mon 04/03/2024 -
Fri 17/05/2024
Times:
9:30am - 12:00pm
Duration:
50 sessions
Location:
St Pauls Learning Centre (Bristol)
94 Grosvenor Road
St Pauls
Bristol
BS2 8XJ
Tutor:
Matthew Burrows
Course code:
Q00009609
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
9 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £225.00

Schools, Parenting and Child Development: Preparing for the Support Role in Schools L3 Qualification

have you completed a Level 2 helping in schools qualification? Then this bridging course is right for you. It will help to provide you with the necessary knowledge and study skills needed to successfully complete a Level 3 Qualification. It will also provide you with the opportunity to practice using these study skills as you move through the course. The tutor will guide you through each new skill using quizzes, case studies and related texts. You will get the chance to discuss each new topic with other learners, ask and answer questions. You will also be given a brief outline of what you will learn on your course. Your tutor will give you constructive feedback to ensure you are ready for a level 3 qualification.

Course Information

Dates:
Mon 04/03/2024 -
Mon 18/03/2024
Times:
9:30am - 12:00pm
Duration:
3 sessions
Tutor:
Natasha Abrams
Course code:
Q00013633
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £27.75

Award in Preparing to Work in Schools Level 1

Get a view into the enriching world of teaching and learning. If you’d like to work in a school, with kids or in an admin role, this course is the perfect first step. Whether you plan to get a teaching qualification or just want a taster into the school environment, this course can teach you essential skills employers look for in school staff. In this course you’ll learn foundational concepts for working in a learning environment. It can help you decide whether a job at a school is right for you

Course Information

Dates:
Tue 05/03/2024 -
Tue 11/06/2024
Times:
6:00pm - 9:00pm
Duration:
15 sessions
Tutor:
Suzanne Locke
Course code:
Q00013597
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £150.00