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Level 1 Diploma in Caring for Children

This course is a perfect first step for those new to childcare. You'll have a fantastic time learning all about the growth and development of babies and young children.

You will also be investigating how babies play and create your own activities for them, relating to science, technology and arts and crafts.

Everything that you learn and experience on this course, can prepare you for a career in childcare as you'll gain valuable employability skills that your future employer will be looking for.

When will I start the course and how long will it take?

The course will start in September and will take one year to complete.

What will I study?

During this course, you will cover the following the units:

  • Growth and development of young children
  • Preparing for your next steps
  • Supporting babies to play
  • Science activities for young children
  • Technology activities for young children
  • Finding out about forest schools
  • Craft activities for young children
  • Safeguarding the welfare of children and young people
  • Healthy living
  • Healthy eating for families

How is it assessed?

You will be assessed by practical assignments including leaflets, booklets, posters and Q&A.

Do I need any previous qualifications to start this course?

You should have five GCSEs at grade 2 (equivalent to grade E) or above, including English language or maths.

English and maths forms an important part of your future, ensuring you achieve the best success in your chosen career. As part of your study programme, you will work towards achieving your qualifications in English and maths.

What are the course fees?

If you are a school leaver, aged 16-18, (under the age of 19 on or before 31st August 2018), you do not pay tuition fees or examination and registration fees and may be eligible for additional support depending on your financial situation. For more information, please click here.

What can I go on to do once I have completed this course?

After this course, you'll be ready to progress on to our level 2 course and you'll be one step closer to a fantastic career in the industry.

Alternatively, you may choose to move on to a traineeship or an apprenticeship. You'll gain skills and knowledge in this industry to help you prepare for this.

Additional Information

Your course isn't just classroom based. You'll be out and about in the community, raising money for charity or could even find yourself at Taylor Park abseiling.

Ref: Rachel Summerskill



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Why study Childcare, Education and Youth Work with us?

Work Experience

Gain valuable work experience within childcare settings such as nurseries and schools. 

Enrichment Activities

Get involved in community initiatives and activities to boost your CV and university application. 

Experienced Tutors

Lecturers and tutors have industry experience and a passion for the subjects they teach.


Our excellent progression routes can lead to an apprenticeship, university or employment.

Industry Links

We have excellent links with local primary schools and childcare providers.

Learning Experience

Develop your knowledge and skills in our interactive learning environment.