There are a range of great career paths to choose for those who want to get into childcare, including qualifications, short courses and CPD, and traineeships and apprenticeships.


At The Academy, we offer a range of fantastic qualifications that can help you into a childcare career. Whether you’re looking to work in early years settings, childminding, STL or health and social care to name only a few, qualifications are the ideal way to get into childcare.

Many of the courses we offer are available at different levels, depending on the qualifications you already possess or how many qualifications you would like to obtain. Starting at Level 1, students can work their way up to a Level 5 diploma, which is equivalent to a university foundation degree.

Most of The Academy’s courses are delivered in the work place, so students will need to be an employee or a volunteer.

Contact one of our advisors before you apply to find out what course is right for you.

Short Courses, e-Learning & CPD

The Academy provides a high quality and diverse continuous professional development (CPD) programme, allowing practitioners to access role-specific and multi-agency learning. E-Learning allows students to obtain qualifications online, whenever it suits them. This is ideal for those who are in full-time work or have other commitments.


Those who want to work with young children should think about opting for an apprenticeship. Childcare careers like teaching assistants or business administration roles can hugely benefit from an apprenticeship qualification.

At the Academy, we work with local employers to help you achieve your apprenticeship and career goal. We offer Level 2 and Level 3 apprenticeships to those who are aged over 16. The qualifications take between one and two years to complete.

Apprenticeships offer young people the opportunity to gain on the job training, a recognised qualification and the opportunity to earn whilst they learn. With over 250 different apprenticeships available in the UK, young people are spoilt for choice!

For more information about how The Academy can help you into a childcare career, don’t hesitate to contact a member of the team! You can do so by visiting our contact page or by calling 0300 300 8131.