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Education and Early Years

Build a foundation for your future in childhood education and develop the in-demand skills needed to work with children aged between 0 and 5 years.

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. You will develop sought-after skills and learn how to support children in the crucial early years which are fundamental to their development and success.

Our qualifications give you the foundation to progress into a range of roles in childcare and education such as Early Years practitioner, Teaching Assistant, Special Educational Needs Officer and Speech and Language Therapist.



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.

We also have our EKC Folkestone Nursery on site, where you can gain even more practical experience during your course.

Excellent Facilities

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

Our industry-standard equipment includes programmable robots and simulation dolls to develop the skills and knowledge you need to progress into a career in education and early years.

How you apply for a course at EKC Folkestone College

Step 1 – Find a subject you’re interested in

Explore our range of courses and find the one that is right for you.

Step 2 – Apply

Apply via our website and online application portal.

Step 3 – Come to an interview

Come to EKC Folkestone College in person for an applicant day to explore our facilities and meet our team.

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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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