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Chance of childcare success.

ASPIRING childcare practitioners who have missed out on a university place can still pursue their dream of completing a degree by studying a qualification at Sutton Cold field College.

The Foundation degree in Early Childhood, available at the college's Josiah Mason Campus, Erdington, focuses on working with children up to the age of eight years.

Available to full-time students, the two-year course enables child carers of the future to learn how to promote the well-being and personal development of younger children with full confidence.

Students can then top up their Foundation degree with a further honours year in Early Childhood studies or Early Years Professional in partnership with the University of Worcester.

The Foundation degree in Early Childhood has been developed by the college and the university in response to a government target to have a qualified Early Years professional in every full day care setting by 2013 and one in every children's centre by 2010.

With the Children's Workforce Development Council claiming that the qualifications held by staff are one of the key indicators of the quality of childcare, the college is encouraging those wishing to enter this field to gain this professional qualification in order to improve their chances of securing their career.

Sutton Cold field and Matthew Boulton Colleges also offer a variety of BTEC, NVQ and CACHE qualifications in child care.

For further information about the courses starting this month, call 0845 155 0101 or visit the website at www.

sutcol.ac.uk

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HITTING THE BOOKS. students Emma Moore and Sarah Sears reading up on their early years foundation degree course.
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