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Education and Early Years

Build a foundation for your future in childhood education.

Education and Early Years student reading to child

Step into a career in Education and Early Years

If you are interested in working with young children, this area of study will provide you with the first step into a challenging but very rewarding career.

Our qualifications let you choose between teaching assistant or early years, which means you can focus on the areas of childcare and education that you want a career in.

Early Years student working in nursery with child

Get industry experience

You will benefit from structured work placements, which are an integral part of your qualification. Extensive links with local employers provides access to placement opportunities and real-life training.The college has an on-site nursery and close links with local childcare and education providers, meaning you will have regular work experience opportunities to help you put your skills into practice.

Early Years training nursery at EKC Broadstairs College

Develop your skills in our training nursery

You will gain practical experience in our training nursery, designed to simulate a real early years environment, with access to specialist facilities to give you an understanding of how childcare centres work.


Student reading to child in nursery

How you apply for a course at EKC Broadstairs College

Step 1 – Find a subject you’re interested in

Explore our range of courses at EKC Broadstairs College.

Step 2 – Apply

Apply via our website and online application portal.

Step 3 – Come to an interview

Come to EKC Broadstairs College in person for an interview and speak to our team who will help you find the course for you.

EKC Broadstairs College campus building

Career prospects

Primary Education Teaching Professional
Annual pay
Annual pay is per year, based on full-time employment and on the South East region.
Role description
Primary (and middle school deemed primary) and nursery education teaching professionals plan, organise and provide instruction to children at all levels up to the age of entry into secondary education.
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Education and Childcare T Level Student Ava

“Completing a T Level is a far less time-restrictive way of learning than sixth form, and that suits me better. We only complete two days of college a week, meaning the rest of the time I am free to work, complete independent study and gain new industry placements and experience. I enjoy college as it is a more relaxed and mature environment than school. This course is more vocational and ‘hands-on’, and the tutors have given me more confidence in achieving my goals. I also appreciate that the course teaches us a wide range of transferable and industry specific skills for the work place.”

Ava Howell
Education and Childcare T Level
Education and Childcare T Level Student Tiger-Lily

“I chose to study a T Level at Broadstairs College because it opens up so many more opportunities than traditional A levels. I’ve always known I wanted to work with children so figured this course would be the ideal stepping stone to get me where I want to be.”

Tiger-Lily Beaumont
Education and Childcare T Level
Education and Childcare T Level Student Lois

“I chose this course because I’ve always wanted to work in Early Years. I was lucky enough to pass my GCSE’s, which placed me on this course. Completing a T Level is a great opportunity as it is a direct route to university, but also can lead to great job options if you decide not to continue to higher education.”

Lois Godfrey
Education and Childcare T Level

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