CentreS of excellence for

Childhood studies

In our Industry Excellence Academy for Childhood Studies, you’ll develop 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, we’ll help you hone your natural instincts into professional skills. 

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. 

Depending on your level of study you will also complete up to 2 weeks' work experience with one or more than one employer; this can either be completed in separate days throughout your course or in a single block.  You’ll also receive dedicated ‘employability’ sessions that will equip you with the skills that you’ll need to thrive in the workplace. 

When you complete your journey in our Centre of Excellence for Childhood Studies you will have all the skills you need to be ‘work ready’ and the qualifications you need to take the next steps towards an amazing career.

Available Courses

While studying at our Centre of Excellence you can obtain qualifications ranging from Entry Level and Level 3 certificates through to Extended Diplomas. If you haven’t already obtained a Grade 4 GCSE in English or maths you’ll also study to achieve this level of qualification, which is a mandatory requirement of your course and essential for many careers. 

In our Centre of Excellence for Childhood Studies you’ll develop an in-depth knowledge of this sector and gain work experience with industry leaders.

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Studying in our Centre of Excellence 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 yearly salary of £17,000, to educational therapists with an average annual salary of £47,000.


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.


Explore our gallery. 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. 

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. Download the subject area guide. 

Find out more about The Manchester College, join us at our online event.

If you want to help children develop essential life skills and make a difference by working in early years development, childcare or education, then join this online event to learn about our Centre of Excellence in Childhood Studies, and see all the opportunities available to you as a student at The Manchester College.  

During the online event our tutors will cover topics including the work experience available and how we prepare you for the world of work.

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