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The Convenient Way to Study an Early Years Course

Join over 60,000 people who improved their skills with us. Study from home at your own pace

Did you know that according to the World Health Organization, "High quality childcare and early childhood education can improve children's chances for success in later life"?

Childcare helps parents continue their careers and aids the development of children during those important early years. You can learn about this profession with our child care level 3 course.

Our course is independently accredited by NCFE. Over 300,000 people have furthered their education with an NCFE award.

What is a child carer?

Child carers and childminders educate and care for other peoples children. This can be essential for parents who want to maintain their careers while raising their family.

All childminders are required by law to register with Ofsted. There are over 100,000 registered childminders.

As a qualified childminder you can care for up to six children (only three can be under five years old).

Trusted independent accreditation

All of our courses are independently accredited from long-established awarding organisations with qualifications such as BTEC, NVQ, and A-Level. It's easier to get a job when you have an employer recognised qualification.

Study from home, at your own pace

If you struggle to find time to study every day at a traditional college, a home learning course is an ideal solution. Over 60,000 people have studied with us from home and enjoyed full support from a tutor.

You'll study whenever you want, at your own pace. There are no strict deadlines (you'll have up to a year and most of our courses require 80 hours of study- that's around 1 hour and a half a week).

You could complete your course in 2 weeks or 12 months- it's up to you.

Award-winning tutor support

Our courses are studied entirely from home- but you still enjoy help at every step of the way from your dedicated expert tutor who can be contacted via our award-winning e-learning site.

Meet our award-winning tutor - Caroline Wren

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Why enrol with Open Study College?

  • Study from home, at your own pace

    Award-winning support from your tutor

    Over 60,000 students have enrolled with us

  • Small Accredited Training Provider of the Year 2014

    FREE NUS Extra Card

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Our Courses

Early Years Level 3

- Contains the Early Years Foundation Stage framework which delivers useful advice, tips and information to support a child's learning and development

Early Years Level 4

- The perfect followup course. Equip yourself with the skills to manage all aspects of children's learning and development from birth to the age of 5.

CACHE Level 1 Award in Caring for Children

- Ideal starting point if you are considering a career in a day care centre, nursery or pre-school child care setting

Child Care Level 3

- 12 unit level 3 course covering topics as diverse as child psychology, theories of learning, & sexuality.

I am amazed how quickly I am managing to get through the course

- Kathryn Collins

Studying with the College has been one my best educational experiences

- Simon Riordan