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Child Development

The early years sector focuses on the learning, development and care of children and includes jobs working as childminders and nannies, in nurseries, crèches and preschools. 

Knowledge of child development is also important in a variety of occupations outside of childcare and teaching, such as in healthcare roles such as paediatricians, psychologists, occupational therapists, and speech and language therapists. 

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Examples of apprenticeships that relate to Child Development 

Level 2 Early years practitioner. Typical length 12-18 months. 

Level 3 Early years educator. Typical length 12-18 months. 

Level 3 Teaching assistant. Typical length 18 months. 

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Examples of vocational college courses that relate to Child Development 

Level 1 Introduction to Childcare 

Level 2 T Level Transition: Early Years Practitioner 

Level 3 T level Education and Early Years - This course is suitable for anyone wanting a career in early years education, childcare or assisting teaching.

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Examples of degree courses that relate to Health and Social Care 

Plymouth Marjon University (St Mark & St John)

Bed(Hons) Primary Education – Early Years (with QTS) at Plymouth Marjon University 

Bristol, University of the West of England

BSc (Hons) Nursing (Children and Young People) at UWE Bristol 

Bath Spa University

BA(Hons) Education at Bath Spa University 

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