Working with children

What and where you can learn, costs and find and book a course.

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What can I learn?

Take the first step towards a career working with children and young people with one of our Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools (STLS) or childcare qualifications. Courses run at different times throughout the year and some of the courses that are on offer are listed below. 

To find out what's on offer right now please search for courses local to you on our Course Finder or Contact your local centre.

Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools (STLS)

STLS introduction

Learners must attend this four-week course before they can progress to the level 2 course. You will learn more about the certificate programme, undertake an initial assessment in English and receive information, advice and guidance about your options. We will discuss your work/volunteer placements for the certificate course. You will need an enhanced disclosure DBS check before you can progress to the certificate level 2 course.

STLS level 2 certificate

This course is for volunteers and newly appointed teaching assistants. Learners need to spend at least ten hours per week working in the classroom. Learners must have previously attended the four-week introduction course. If this has not been attended, please contact the learning centre to discuss when and where the next introductory course will take place. Learners need ICT skills and a good level of written English skills. 

STLS level 3 certificate

This level 3 course is ideal if you have significant experience as a school support worker and wish to move into a more specialised role – in administration, learning support and management. 

Childcare qualifications

Introduction to skills for childcare level 2 award

If you are thinking of a career in childcare then this introduction course would give you an overview of what you can expect to learn as part of the skills for childcare level 2 award course. During the course you will find out about the types of topics and theory you will cover on the level 2 course along with discovering how to research, collect evidence and apply theory to practice. You do not need to be working in a childcare environment to attend this course. At the end of the course you will be able to make a decision about whether you wish to continue on to the full qualification course.  

Skills for childcare level 2 award

Are you thinking of a career in childcare? This course would give you a good understanding of two of the most important aspects of working with children or young people. The course is an excellent starter qualification which, when you have achieved, could lead to a variety of employment opportunities. You do not need to be working in a childcare environment to attend this course. 

Take a look at all working with children courses currently on offer 

Where can I learn?

There are four main adult learning centres around the East Riding and many of our courses are taught in these centres. For more information on the venues, please see the Where to find us page

How much do courses cost?

Course costs vary, depending on the duration and type of course, and your personal circumstances (for example, if you’re on certain benefits or you’re taking a particular qualification).  For more information on course types, concessions and paying by installments, please see our Financial help and additional support page.

How do I find and book on a course?

You can use our Course Finder to search for courses by title, subject or location. 

You can also contact your nearest Adult learning centre where our friendly staff will be happy to give you more information about courses that interest you.

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