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A childcare student practices giving a bottle to a doll

Childcare is one of the UK's biggest growth sectors, offering a fulfilling and rewarding career where you can really make a positive difference.

There are few things more rewarding than watching a child develop because of your actions. Whether you’re helping them to take their very first steps, say their first word, or support them through challenges, every development is a sign of a job well done.

courses available in childcare
Level 2 Early Years Practitioner
T Level in Education and Childcare
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Why study here?

Macclesfield College has excellent resources to support students in preparing for a career in childcare. Our childcare department has the most up-to-date baby simulation technology. Our lifelike, new-born size mannequins simulate an infant’s varying needs and require an immediate response. These newborn mannequins give students the perfect representation of whats its really like to care for small children.

Our childcare teachers have extensive experience, within the sector and in teaching students. They also have valuable links to employers which will help students gain a greater insight into different career paths in the industry. During our childcare courses, you will participate in a work placement. This will allow you to learn about all areas of childcare, as well as gain the vital experience needed to work within the childcare industry.

Students on Childcare programmes benefit from:

Baby simulation technology

Industry placements

Teachers with childcare industry experience


Nursery practitioner, Nursery Manager, Teaching assistant, Early Years assistant, Residential childcare worker, Childminder, Nanny, Playworker, Early Years assessor, Holiday club assistant, Special educational needs co-ordinator (SENDCO)

Skills Required for childcare
Knowledge of child development
Communication skills to work in partnership with parents and external agencies
Knowledge of the Early Years Foundation Stage Statutory Framework (EYFS)
Paediatric first aid
Good attention to detail
Ability to work well within a team & on your own and take initiative
Behaviours Required for childcare
Caring and passionate
Effective communication
Problem solver
Team worker
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