Courses to work in schools, education or childcare 

Our free courses * can help you get ahead if you’re looking to work in a school, college or childcare provider. From exploring different jobs working with children to getting the job you want, we’ve got you covered. We have government-funded online courses for teaching assistants and nursery courses.  

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Working with children and young people

Find out about the wide range of jobs available in schools and build the skills you need to kickstart your career. Working in schools can be very rewarding. From lunchtime supervisors to teaching assistants, you’ll have a positive impact on young people’s lives.  

From helping out in schools to paid work

These courses are useful if you are volunteering or plan to work in education, as they help you gain more knowledge. We do a range of courses from short tasters to a free Level two teaching assistant qualification. 

Start a career in childcare

Explore work in childcare and discover the range of roles you can do in a childcare setting. Learn about early years education and what it is like to work with children. Find courses near you or look at our range of online childcare courses.  

Give yourself a boost

Build skills for childcare and schools. Develop your knowledge of special education needs (SEN), so you can support children with autism in education. Give yourself a boost when looking for dinner lady jobs or other jobs in a school.  

Jobseekers, career changers, and those already working in schools or nurseries - find your course today to build your skills. 

*Over 90% of applicants for skills courses do not need to pay a fee. Subject to status - courses are free for unemployed people, job seekers and people on low wage. If you do not qualify you will be alerted during the application process.

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Award in Support Work in Schools and Colleges Level 2

If you enjoy the buzz of learning environments, this qualification can teach you key skills for employment in a school or college. This government-funded course prepares you for a variety of roles. It provides the basic skills and knowledge necessary to work in admin, technical, or support roles in a learning environment. Studying support work in schools at level 2 can be a first step towards working with kids in teaching positions. It also provides you with the qualifications needed to work in admin at schools. No matter what role you’re interested in, this course can teach you skills for employability in schools and colleges.

Course Information

Dates:
Tue 20/02/2024 -
Tue 16/07/2024
Times:
9:00am - 2:00pm
Duration:
22 sessions
Tutor:
Bimbola Olawanle
Course code:
Q00011740
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
0 places remaining
Status:
In progress
Fee range
Free to £225.00

Introduction to Early Years Setting

This introductory course is for anyone who wants to develop a basic knowledge of working with children up to the age of 5 in early years’ settings such as nurseries or pre-schools. You will understand the importance of communication and will gain confidence in applying skills and techniques that will engage children in their personal development. You will study activities that can stimulate children's growth and learning development in their early years. You will increase your confidence in caring for children in early years’ settings. To progress on to an accredited Early Years’ Course at the WEA, or other courses.

Course Information

Dates:
Fri 23/02/2024 -
Fri 22/03/2024
Times:
10:00am - 12:00pm
Duration:
10 sessions
Location:
Ann Tayler Children's Centre (Hackney)
1-13 Triangle Road
Off Westgate Street
Hackney
E8 3RP
Tutor:
Tracey Shackle
Course code:
Q00013537
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
3 places remaining
Status:
In progress
Fee range
Free to £75.00

Award in Support Work in Schools and Colleges Level 2

If you enjoy the buzz of learning environments, this qualification can teach you key skills for employment in a school or college. This government-funded course prepares you for a variety of roles. It provides the basic skills and knowledge necessary to work in admin, technical, or support roles in a learning environment. Studying support work in schools at level 2 can be a first step towards working with kids in teaching positions. It also provides you with the qualifications needed to work in admin at schools. No matter what role you’re interested in, this course can teach you skills for employability in schools and colleges.

Course Information

Dates:
Mon 26/02/2024 -
Tue 07/05/2024
Times:
9:30am - 2:30pm
Duration:
18 sessions
Tutor:
Rebecca Liaucius
Course code:
Q00012501
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
In progress
Fee range
Free to £225.00

Award in Support Work in Schools and Colleges Level 2

If you enjoy the buzz of learning environments, this qualification can teach you key skills for employment in a school or college. This government-funded course prepares you for a variety of roles. It provides the basic skills and knowledge necessary to work in admin, technical, or support roles in a learning environment. Studying support work in schools at level 2 can be a first step towards working with kids in teaching positions. It also provides you with the qualifications needed to work in admin at schools. No matter what role you’re interested in, this course can teach you skills for employability in schools and colleges.

Course Information

Dates:
Wed 28/02/2024 -
Wed 17/07/2024
Times:
9:00am - 2:30pm
Duration:
38 sessions
Location:
Park Lane Children's Centre (London)
139 Park Lane
London
N17 0HB
Tutor:
Bimbola Olawanle
Course code:
Q00013337
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
4 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £225.00

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12 months
Fee:
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Award in Support Work in Schools and Colleges Level 2

If you enjoy the buzz of learning environments, this qualification can teach you key skills for employment in a school or college. This government-funded course prepares you for a variety of roles. It provides the basic skills and knowledge necessary to work in admin, technical, or support roles in a learning environment. Studying support work in schools at level 2 can be a first step towards working with kids in teaching positions. It also provides you with the qualifications needed to work in admin at schools. No matter what role you’re interested in, this course can teach you skills for employability in schools and colleges.

Course Information

Dates:
Mon 04/03/2024 -
Fri 17/05/2024
Times:
9:30am - 12:00pm
Duration:
50 sessions
Location:
St Pauls Learning Centre (Bristol)
94 Grosvenor Road
St Pauls
Bristol
BS2 8XJ
Tutor:
Matthew Burrows
Course code:
Q00009609
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £225.00

Schools, Parenting and Child Development: Preparing for the Support Role in Schools L3 Qualification

have you completed a Level 2 helping in schools qualification? Then this bridging course is right for you. It will help to provide you with the necessary knowledge and study skills needed to successfully complete a Level 3 Qualification. It will also provide you with the opportunity to practice using these study skills as you move through the course. The tutor will guide you through each new skill using quizzes, case studies and related texts. You will get the chance to discuss each new topic with other learners, ask and answer questions. You will also be given a brief outline of what you will learn on your course. Your tutor will give you constructive feedback to ensure you are ready for a level 3 qualification.

Course Information

Dates:
Mon 04/03/2024 -
Mon 18/03/2024
Times:
9:30am - 12:00pm
Duration:
3 sessions
Tutor:
Natasha Abrams
Course code:
Q00013633
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £27.75

Award in Preparing to Work in Schools Level 1

Get a view into the enriching world of teaching and learning. If you’d like to work in a school, with kids or in an admin role, this course is the perfect first step. Whether you plan to get a teaching qualification or just want a taster into the school environment, this course can teach you essential skills employers look for in school staff. In this course you’ll learn foundational concepts for working in a learning environment. It can help you decide whether a job at a school is right for you

Course Information

Dates:
Tue 05/03/2024 -
Tue 11/06/2024
Times:
6:00pm - 9:00pm
Duration:
15 sessions
Tutor:
Suzanne Locke
Course code:
Q00013597
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £150.00

Schools, Parenting and Child Development: Teaching Assistant and Early Years Careers Introduction

Thinking about your next steps doesn’t have to be scary, you just have to consider what’s best for you. The best way to find out about the courses is to call into one of our information sessions. You will be able to chat to Sharon the course tutor and discuss career options and pathways that will help you make the right choice. This event is an informal information event for those thinking about going into the Early Years (Level 2 Diploma for the Early years Practitioner) and the level 2 Supporting Teaching and Learning courses due to start in September 2024.

Course Information

Dates:
Tue 05/03/2024 -
Tue 05/03/2024
Times:
12:00pm - 2:30pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Location:
St Martins Centre (Newcastle Upon Tyne)
Roman Avenue
Byker
Newcastle Upon Tyne
NE6 2RJ
Tutor:
Sharon Reay
Course code:
Q00014332
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £10.50

Schools, Parenting and Child Development: Teaching Assistant and Early Years Careers Introduction

The upcoming WEA (Workers' Educational Association) event at St Martin's Centre aims to introduce the pivotal roles of teaching assistant and early years practitioner. Participants will delve into the intricate responsibilities associated with these positions, gaining a comprehensive understanding of their significance. Furthermore, the session will spotlight opportunities within the local community where these roles are available, fostering awareness of potential career paths. You will assess your individual skill sets, aligning them with the requirements of each job role to discern the best-suited option. Ultimately, the event serves as a platform to chart out future learning endeavours and explore diverse career prospects in education and childcare.

Course Information

Dates:
Tue 05/03/2024 -
Tue 05/03/2024
Location:
St Martins Centre (Newcastle Upon Tyne)
Roman Avenue
Byker
Newcastle Upon Tyne
NE6 2RJ
Course code:
Q00014353
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £8.40

Introduction to Teaching and Training Adults

This practical course aims to provide students with an introduction to issues connected with learning, teaching, training and assessment of adults in a supportive environment. Participants are asked to prepare a short presentation as well as using self and peer evaluation.

Course Information

Dates:
Wed 06/03/2024 -
Wed 17/04/2024
Times:
6:30pm - 8:30pm
Duration:
6 sessions
Tutor:
Rebecca Eliahoo Charles
Course code:
Q00013678
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £50.00