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Level 1 Diploma in Caring for Children

This course is a great introduction to the industry, especially if you haven't had the opportunity to study this at school.

You will explore everything from the development of young children, safeguarding and healthy living, to supporting babies to play and learning how to implement craft, science and technology activities.

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.

This course will take place at our Town Centre Campus, Water Street, St Helens, WA10 1PP.

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 two GCSEs at grade 2 or above, including English language or maths.

Achieving a good standard of English and maths is a key requirement for many jobs, as well as for courses you may wish to progress on to. If you achieve below a grade 4 in your English and/or maths GCSEs at school, you will study it alongside your chosen course when you join us.

You will also need a clear DBS to gain entry to this course. More information will be provided upon receipt of your application.*

*A DBS costs £44 and can be claimed back once you have successfully completed this course.

What are the course fees?

If you are a school leaver, aged 16-18, (under the age of 19 on or before 31st August 2024), 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 visit our dedicated financial support page.

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

Once you have successfully completed this course, you will be one step closer to a fantastic career in the industry.

You will have the opportunity to progress on to the level 2 Diploma in Early Years Practitioner to enhance your skills and knowledge. Alternatively, you may choose to

Are you ready to apply?

Are you

ready to apply?

Simply fill in our online form here.

However, if you still have questions in relation to this course and wish to receive further information, please submit your enquiry here.

Ref: Rachel Summerskill



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