Exploring the Care Sector Level 1 Certificate

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Get an introduction to working with young children and the early years environment with the Certificate in Caring for Children.

It develops your basic skills in childcare education and play-work and gives you direct experience of working in an early years setting.

What I'll learn

Areas studied include:

  • care of children
  • play and practical activities
  • human growth and development
  • food and nutrition
  • health and safety practices in home and group settings


How I'll learn

You will learn about the care of children play and practical activities growth and development food and nutrition and health and safety.


How I'll be assessed

Assessment is through assignment work. You learn through classroom-based activities practical workshops and a 15 day supervised practical work placement in a childcare setting in the final term.

The course also gives you the opportunity to improve your literacy numeracy and ICT skills.


Entry Requirements

Applicants for a Level 1 programme will normally have:

  • a strong interest in their chosen programme of study
  • the commitment to work towards improving English and Maths as part of the programme
  • the ability to discuss past experiences of education and future ambitions in an interview

Applicants will be invited to attend an interview and complete an internal assessment. All students will have their literacy and numeracy needs supported within the programme.


How to Apply

Applying for one of our programmes is easy.You can apply for a vocational programme online. Simply follow the link to ‘Apply now’ on your chosen programme page. You will then be asked to register or log in to progress with your application.

As part of your application, you will be asked to provide us with your contact details, how your chosen programme fits with your future plans and if you require any extra support (for example because of a disability, medical condition, learning or language support needs).

Please contact our Careers team if you need advice and guidance to help you choose the right programme for you.