Childhood Studies

In our Industry Excellence Academy for Childhood Studies, you’ll equip yourself with all the skills that the childcare and education sector are crying out for. If you are a compassionate, patient, nurturing and encouraging person with an ability to recognise what each child requires in order to flourish, you’ll be right at home in our Academy for Childhood Studies.   

You’ll gain an understanding of the skills and knowledge needed to care for young children including issues around safeguarding, health and safety. You’ll also learn about child development, how to provide support to children and how to teach through play and activities. 

You’ll learn how to recognise what each individual child requires to thrive, and how to keep children safe, healthy and happy. You’ll also have the opportuninty to gain vital practical experience across a range of different settings including private childcare facilities, a primary school or in one of the College's own nurseries. 

You’ll also receive dedicated ‘employability’ sessions with a named Employability Tutor to develop your skills and knowledge. In addition you will be allocated a dedicated Employability and Partnership Coordinator who will support you every step of the way, helping to prepare you and equip you with the skills that you will need to thrive in the workplace. 

Available Courses

In our Industry Excellence Academy for Childhood Studies you’ll take a course that has been co-developed and is co-delivered by one of our leading industry partners. You’ll complete either a Level 2, Level 3 or T Level qualification and a placement with an industry employer of at least 15 days. 

By the time you complete your time in the Industry Excellence Academy for Childhood Studies you’ll have developed an in-depth knowledge of this sector and gained work experience with industry leaders.


Studying in our Industry Excellence Academy for Childhood Studies, you will nurture and develop skills that will set you up for a rewarding career helping young people to achieve their potential.

These range from early year practitioners with an average annual salary of £19,600 to educational therapists with an average annual salary of £34,000.


We aim to bring together industry professionals and our talented students to help secure the best possible future for our students. These partnerships include:

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Tiddlywinks Nursery

Tiddlywinks run six nurseries in Manchester providing daily care for over 600 children and four Out of School Clubs providing daily care for 120 children.


From our outstanding facilities to fantastic work placement opportunities, get a taste of what it’s like working in the industry and see what you can expect from studying at The Manchester College in our gallery.

The course has given me a lot more information about how to help other people. I now know different ways to talk to people with learning difficulties... Going forward I would like to go on to the second year of this course and then progress on to university so I can go into teaching children with learning difficulties in the future.
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Find out more about our fantastic courses, outstanding facilities and the career options available to you in our subject area guide. 

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