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Education and Early Years

Build a foundation for your future in childhood education.

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Get Industry Experience

You will benefit from structured work placements, which are an integral part of your qualification. Extensive links with local employers provides access to placement opportunities and real-life training.

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Training Nurseries

You will gain practical experience in one of our training nurseries, with access to specialist facilities to give you an understanding of how real childcare centres work.

Early Years students practising changing a baby

How you apply for a course at Canterbury College

Step 1 – Find a subject you’re interested in

Explore our range of courses at EKC Canterbury College.

Step 2 – Apply

Apply via our website and online application portal.

Step 3 – Come to an interview

Come to EKC Canterbury College in person for an interview and speak to our team who will help you find the course for you.

Career prospects

Primary Education Teaching Professional
Annual pay
Annual pay is per year, based on full-time employment and on the South East region.
Role description
Primary (and middle school deemed primary) and nursery education teaching professionals plan, organise and provide instruction to children at all levels up to the age of entry into secondary education.
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“I learn everything from making a bottle and changing a nappy, to how to safeguard a child. I go to placement at a primary school; it’s amazing the bond you build with the children and how much they develop in such little time.”

Ellia Moore
Early Years Practitioner Level 2

“I enjoy experimenting with different materials, and I love that we have access to different studios such as the print room and the sculpture studio. These facilities are fantastic and really help inspire different ideas.”

Soraya Lawrence
Early Years Educator Level 3

We’re part of six community-based colleges

Our mission is to play a leading role for East Kent in developing the economic and social prosperity of the diverse communities we serve.