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Want to study to work on nursery! Can you help?

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Mumof3cheeky Fri 05-Aug-16 15:03:47

im currently at home with my 3rd dc and will have 2 mornings off from september as he will start preschool so would like to start studying towards working in a nursery eventually. Im not british so my A level qualification might have to be certfied or translated or would you recommend i did my GCSE in math and english? Im completely new to this but had a look on a job site to see what they are looking for in nurseries a lot of them prefer young apprentice while doing an nvq course. Inwill have 3 mornings from jan for studying. What is the best qualifaction to get and how can i do it while still at home with dc?

nannynick Fri 05-Aug-16 17:17:46

The only childcare course to do now is the Early Years Educator. It comes in various Pathways, so there are different routes to obtaining the qualification. I would look specifically at: Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Workforce (Early Years Educator).
You will need to be working/volunteering in a childcare setting (350 placement hours).

I would talk to a local college and/or your local Early Years department at the county council. The pre-school manager is also worth chatting with, as they may be able to offer you a volunteer placement.
Your A-level from abroad may be fine as evidence that you have sufficient educational background, may be up to training provider as to what they accept. So I would make contact first before looking at doing GCSEs that you may not need.

Mumof3cheeky Fri 05-Aug-16 21:34:52

Thanks very much. I think i might just go down the route of doing the gcse from sept as i don't think i could start any placement this year anyway with 2 hrs free for 2-3 days a week then from the following year he will be at preschool every day for at least 3 hrs so i could possible start an apprenticeship then. I wonder if i would limit my options if i just had the certified documents of the foreign papers. It's all quite exciting tho thinking about it

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