Early Childhood Education Courses

Develop your understanding of early childhood education with our collection of flexible courses. Learn best practices for working with young children.

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Your route to becoming an early years educator will vary depending on the role you’re pursuing and the location of the position. Typically, you’ll need to complete an undergraduate degree in a relevant subject and then take an early years education certification.

In some instances, you may be able to work towards an early years education certification by combining work experience with additional training. Learn more about how to become an early years practitioner.

The requirements and qualifications to become a nursery teacher or early years educator will also vary based on location, the age group you want to teach, and the type of educational institution you’ll be teaching in.

In some cases, you may be able to become a nursery teacher or early years educator by completing teacher training courses while working in an early years setting. You can contact your local education board to find out more about the requirements for becoming an ECE teacher in your area.

There are a variety of career paths within early childhood education, including:

  • ECE teacher
  • ECE teaching assistant
  • ECE supply teacher
  • ECE trainer/educator at University
  • Nursery manager

Our ECE courses will introduce you to the world of early childhood education and help you build key skills to kickstart or advance your career.

Gain experience to further your career in early childhood education

Early childhood education courses are a great resource for teachers, teaching assistants, and anyone interested in a career in education. We offer a variety of online courses, covering fundamental aspects of early childhood education such as teaching phonics and learning through play.

Whether you’re looking to kickstart a career in early childhood education or you’re expanding your current skillset with CPD hours, our online ECE courses are a great place to start. H2: Study early childhood education online with FutureLearn

Gain certificates in early childhood education at your own pace. You’ll study material from some of the world’s top universities, discovering strategic and practical approaches to teaching young students.

Designed to fit around your routine, our teaching courses are a great option for educators at every stage of their career. With our flexible online courses, you can enhance your skillset while keeping up with your current work and life commitments.

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