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This course is designed to stimulate the interest and encourage your understanding of the skills and knowledge needed to care for a child. You will study units covering both personal development and growth of babies and young children.

The method of learning is through classroom based activity.

  • What will I study?

    The units you will study are likely to include:

    Core Units:

    • Communication
    • Principles and values
    • Safeguarding and protection
    • Creative Activities
    • Healthy eating

    Specialist Units:

    • Introduction to the development of children and young people
    • encouraging children to eat healthily

    All units are subject to change and may be withdrawn.

  • Who is this course for?

    This course is ideal if you have an interest in childcare work and wish to gain a Level 1 qualification in Childcare. This course will not qualify you to work with children but will prepare you for further training.

  • How is the course assessed?

    Students will be assessed through:

    • written tasks
    • assignments
    • practical activities
  • Your Study Programme

    If you are aged 16-18, you will join a Study Programme. We will make sure you are working at the right level on your core qualification and are challenged to achieve the highest level of qualification you can. All students will continue to improve their maths and English and if you don't have a grade 4 (C) at GCSE, we will work with you towards achieving that goal (subject to specific entry requirements for particular courses). Work experience will be part of your study programme and complement your college study and prepare you for employment. You will also get involved in activities to help you develop life skills and to build your confidence so you can make progress in your career. Weekly timetables will include tutorial support which may comprise of full group activities or one to one sessions to discuss individual progress or support needs.

  • Knowledge

    You will develop a thorough knowledge and understanding of:

    • Child development, observing behaviour and how to support children and young peoples education

    • Safeguarding, health and safety and wellbeing

    • Working with parents, carers, wider families, agencies and services.
  • Skills

    You will have the ability to:

    • Plan and lead activities that include the learning and development areas of current early education curriculum requirements

    • Analyse and explain how children's learning and development can be affected by their stage of development and individual circumstances

    • Ensure plans fully reflect the stage of development, individual needs and circumstances of children and providing consistent care and responding quickly to the needs of the child.
  • Behaviours

    What is required?

    • Care and compassion

    • Honesty, trust and integrity while working as part of a team

    • Commitment to working in a non-discriminatory way whilst promoting British Values.
  • General info

    There is nothing specific required for this course, however you will require stationery, including notebook, diary, lever arch folders and pens.

  • Progression and Career Opportunities

    After successful completion of this course you could go onto do CACHE Level 2 Certificate Introduction to Early Years Education and Care.

    Opportunities include:

    • Level 2 study
    • Level 3 study
    • Apprenticeship
    • University
    • Employment
  • Entry Requirements for new students

    Four GCSEs at Grade 2 or above or completion of Foundation Studies including English and Maths

  • Admissions Process

    We recommend that you attend one of our exciting open events so that you can look around the department, the college and meet the tutors. You are welcome to do this before or after you apply. These events have proved very successful in ensuring students and their families see the best of what the college has to offer such as our inspirational teaching areas, teachers, library facilities and places to eat.
    Once you have applied our experienced Enrolment Team will consider your application carefully and will let you know, by email, if the College would like to make you a conditional offer based on you meeting the specified entry requirements. If your predicted grades or career aims suggest that an alternative subject area or course level would be more appropriate for you at this stage, we will contact you either by telephone, email or text. If you have told us that you have some additional support needs we will contact you to find out more so that we can help you.