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Caring for Children Diploma Level 1

Subject Area
Early Years & Education
Start Date
September 2022
Study Mode
1 Year
Level 1

This course is suitable for anyone considering a career in the Early Years sector, or related sector where knowledge of child development is relevant. It is designed to stimulate interest and encourage understanding of the skills and knowledge needed to care for children.

Entry requirements

A minimum of 3 or 4 subjects at grade 2 ideally including English and Maths.

In addition, students should have a minimum of 85 per cent attendance if they have taken a previous qualification and a good reference from their progress tutor. Students are required to complete a successful Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check prior to starting the course, for which there will be a charge.

What will I study?

The course covers a variety of units, which include:

  • Sharing Learning Experiences with Children
  • Growth and Development of Young Children
  • Supporting Babies to Play
  • Science Activities for Young Children
  • Musical Activities for Young Children
  • Finding out about Forest Schools
  • Understanding Learning and Development through Play

Additional costs
Prior to starting the course students are required to complete a successful Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS), for which there will be a charge. A York College placement top will also need to be purchased.

Method of delivery

All units will be taught in a classroom environment, however students will also take part in a minimum of 70 hours work experience in a childcare setting. Students will also study English and maths alongside this course.

How will I be assessed?

All units are assessed using a range of methods, which could include written assignments, tasks and practical assessments, such as designing a leaflet or booklet, charts or diagrams or setting up an information board.

Good course combinations

This is a full-time course. It is not possible to combine this course with other Vocational, Apprenticeship or A Level programmes.

Your next steps

On completion of this course and achievement of appropriate grades in English and maths, students may progress to a Level 2 qualification. This course does not qualify students to work in the childcare sector, as further qualifications would be required.

Ben Caring for Children level 1

“I have had a great time at College because even though there is lots of work to do it does not feel like it is really hard because my tutor makes the lessons as enjoyable as possible. I also enjoy it because we get to make lots of posters and do some work on computers.

After this course I will be moving onto Level 2 Child Studies and then get a job that includes working with children possibly in a nursery or playgroup.”

Caring for Children Level 1
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