Childhood Studies

There are few things more rewarding than watching a child blossom because of your actions. Whether you’re helping them to take their very first steps, watching them master their ABCs, or supporting them to tackle their fears, every development is a sign of a job well done.

You’ll have a lot of responsibility and you may find yourself with aching feet and hair full of glitter by the end of the day, but if you want job satisfaction, studying for a career working with children in nurseries and early years settings or as a primary school teacher could be just what you’re looking for. 

And where better to embark on a successful, fulfilling career in childcare than at The Manchester College – the No.1 College in Greater Manchester for achievement*.

Our Childhood Studies courses are offered at our Openshaw (Level 1 - Level 3 courses), Harpurhey (Level 1 courses) and Wythenshawe (Level 1 courses) campuses. Find out more about our new facilities at Openshaw. 

*NARTS 18/19 

Can you reach your potential in Childhood Studies? You can with us!

Make it possible today, view our range of Childhood Studies courses and enrol to study at the No.1 College in Greater Manchester.

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If you have the passion, we can help you to gain the skills you need for a successful career working with children and young people.

If you’re 16-18 and you've obtained the entry requirements, you’ll have the opportunity to join our Industry Excellence Academy for Childhood Studies and could study our brand new T Level in Education and Childcare. This brand new two-year qualification is worth the equivalent of three A Levels and has been co-developed with industry partners to allow you to benefit from a 59 day industry placement and much more.

If you’d like to progress onto our T Level but don’t currently have the entry requirements then you’ll be able to do this by first choosing to study our Level 2 T Level Transition programme Education and Childcare. 

Alternatively, through our Centre of Excellence for Childhood Studies we offer childcare courses for all abilities - from Level 1 to Level 3 - to help you reach your ultimate goal in childcare.

By studying Childhood Studies with us, you’ll not just develop the knowledge and skills required for a successful career. You’ll also gain vital practical experience, whether it’s in a private childcare facility, a primary school or a nursery.

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Our Childhood Studies tutors have extensive experience, both out in the sector and of teaching students. They also have valuable links to employers, so can help you to gain a greater insight into different careers and to decide which path is right for you. 

Emma Ward - Head of Department

Emma joined the College as a nursery officer in our on-site nurseries back in 1999. She then moved to the teaching side in 2004, and progressed into the management team in 2013. Emma also does a lot of charity work. She used to be the safeguarding co-ordinator for a charitable organisation, and has been a lead volunteer for a youth organisation for the last 21 years. 

Angela Mahon - Department Team Leader 

Angela joined the College six years ago as a tutor and First Aid Trainer for the Child Studies department and became Department Team Leader three years ago. Angela has a wealth of experience in early years settings across England, as both a practitioner and a manager. 

Nicola Dillon - Tutor

Nicola started at the College in 2018. She has more than 20 years’ experience working in a range of different early years settings, educational establishments and out in local communities. Prior to becoming a tutor, Nicola was a children’s centre district lead, which saw her managing a number of centres, and working with families and children under five years old. 

Our Childhood Studies courses are offered at campuses across Manchester in Harpurhey, Openshaw and Wythenshawe - all of which are well served by public transport. 

Our Industry Excellence Academy for Childhood Studies is based at our newly re-developed Openshaw campus, where you’ll learn in a state-of-the-art, fully-functioning teaching and training nursery space and baby room, providing you with all the practical experience you will need to succeed.

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Find out even more about our Childhood Studies department in our subject area guide or on our YouTube playlist:

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Taylor-Kay Folks

I have gained confidence and identified my skills and best abilities. My tutors have helped me with so much, from my career research and assignments, to work placement support. They’ve helped us to see all the possibilities of what we can do when we leave.

Taylor-Kay Folks • Level 3 Childhood Studies and Education
Hanan Omar

As the class size is small, my tutors are able to give me extra support. They encourage us to get our work in on time and ensure it is completed to a high standard by giving us advice on how to improve it. I would recommend The Manchester College, I’m so proud of what I have achieved here.

Hanan Omar • Level 3 Childhood Studies and Education

In one of The Manchester College’s 19 Centres of Excellence you’ll develop the skills and gain the qualifications that you need to take the next steps towards your dream career.

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In our unique Industry Excellence Academy you’ll benefit from a programme of study that has been co-developed, and is co-delivered, with one of our industry partners.

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