To start on this course you need at least two GCSEs at grade 1 or above, preferably including English and maths, or an Entry Level qualification. You also need an appropriate reference and successful interview.
Additional Entry Criteria
All candidates must have a Disclosure and Baring Service Check (formally CRB). Two suitable references, one from current school tutor and the second from a childcare professional - i.e. work experience report. Some childcare experience is required.
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Learn about caring for children from birth to 7 years.
- Child development
- Care of children
- Play and practical activities
- Health and wellbeing
Work placements are integral to the courses and close links with the
community ensure students have access to work placements that offer the opportunity to link classroom theory to workplace practice.
Learners enjoy the opportunity to gain ‘hands on’ experience.
Level 1 aims to offer learners a route to further qualifications through
hard work and commitment.
All classes are supported by the use of the College’s virtual learning
Functional skills or GCSEs in English and Maths are part of the core programme of study. Students who have not achieved grade A*-C or 9-4 in English and Maths will be required to study the appropriate level as part of their main qualification. More information
The assessment is by portfolio task
After 1 year at Level 1
you can achieve a CACHE Level 1 Award, Certificate and Diploma in Caring for Children
With satisfactory grades, tutor report and Level 1 Maths and English, you can apply for Level 2.
What Past Students Say
TJ: “The course is a great experience and opportunity to learn about children's needs and how to handle different situations. After this course you can go on to level 2 & 3 and after level 3 it can help you get jobs such as nanny, pre-school worker”.
Lauren: “This course brings out your confidence, it's FAB”.
Charlotte: “This course is great it brings out the best in you”.
Hannah: “I have learnt lots about childcare that I didn't know before and the course gives you knowledge and skills for the future”.
Sophie: “I think this course is really good, you learn loads about children, I think you should come on this course”.
Victoria: “I have learnt so much at level 1. At my placement I enjoy working with the children because they enjoy being around me”.
Jasmin Baker and Leigh Tingley:
‘We really enjoyed Level 1. We had the chance to meet lots of students and make friends. It gave us a really good introduction to childcare. We decided to stay at College to do Level 2 and now Level 3. When we leave we are considering working with a cruise line or nannying.’