The teachers at my son's preschool have all been funded through the CACHE level 3 course. If you pay independently, our local college was charging in the region of £700-800. Maybe if you're lucky, you could find a job where they are willing to pay for the course while you work?
check at your local college for NVQ type courses in learning and child development - the one I did was CACHE Level 2 i think, I went on to work in EY. The course requires you to have a placement as you are observed with the children, so the preschool opportunity would be perfect. Good luck it's a super career, you won't look back!
I'm not sure where to post this so I'm hoping here would be a good place to start.
I'm really interested in becoming a teaching assistant but I think I'm more interested in Early Years. I know that you don't actually need qualifications to become a TA but I've been looking at courses to increase my awareness etc whilst youngest DC is very little.
I'm really confused at which courses may be credible. I can see Level 3 teaching assistant being required but evidently EYFS training may also be prudent. I've looked on skills4schools and DofE websites but I can't work out the best path to take.
I've been offered the chance to volunteer in my dd's preschool but I'm keen to do some formal learning too if it's worthwhile?