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From caring for newborn babies to helping reception class children learn the fundamental aspects of play and learning, our courses will give you the skills to succeed in a rewarding career.  If you like watching children grow and develop and being a key part in their lives our Level 2 and Level 3 course will support you to understand how this happens and the activities you can provide.  

With dedicated, resourced classrooms and subject trained staff we have the passion and knowledge to support you following your career path.  Throughout your course you will spend extensive time in childcare settings and will learn from trained practitioners how to ensure children have the best start in life and most of all have fun!

By undertaking a Level 2 or Level 3 course with us you are starting an incredible learning journey, that could lead you Honours Degree right here at Cornwall College.  If you have the dedication to work with children then we will support you to achieve your dream.

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A local student is celebrating after becoming qualified to teach children how to swim. Children, Schools and Families student at Cornwall College Saltash, Shannon Bowden, achieved STA Level 2 Award in Teaching Swimming.

Shannon, who is currently studying Level 3 Diploma in Early Years Workforce, said she is “extremely proud” of what she has achieved. “I had a portfolio of work to complete and my final exam was teaching a children’s swimming lesson,” she explained.

“My lessons and final exam took place at Looe Bay Holiday Park and I will be holding swimming lessons there during the summer holidays. I am thoroughly enjoying my time on the course here at Cornwall College Saltash and from September I will be progressing onto the FdA Early Childhood Studies at Cornwall College St Austell.”

Team Lead for Children, Schools and Families, Laetitia Mayne, said it is “fantastic to see Shannon earn this qualification”. “It is great that we are able to support students in gaining valuable transferring skills that can not only be used alongside her Early Years Educator qualifications, but also will enhance her future employment opportunities,” she added.