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Exploring Early Years and Health Level 1 Certificate

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Key information

Qualification type


Course code



Level 1


1 year


Kings Road,
Reading, RG1 4HJ

Get an introduction to working with young children and the early years environment.

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

We accept students for Foundation Studies who wish to start within the academic years. If you would like to find out more or apply to start a Foundation Studies course during the academic year, please click the button below and complete the enquiry form. One of our friendly team will then get back to you. 

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What I'll learn

Areas studied include:

  • understand the principles and values in health and social care (adults and children and young people), early years and childcare
  • understand the range of service provision and roles within health and social care (adults and children and young people), early years and childcare
  • introduction to communication in health and social care (adults and children and young people), early years and childcare
  • awareness of protection and safeguarding in health and social care (adults and children and young people), early years and childcare



How I'll learn

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

You will develop your basic skills in childcare, education and play work and gain direct experience of working in an early years setting.

The qualification will be pass or refer and all the assessment criteria for the chosen units must be achieved in order to obtain a pass. The course has approximately 13 hours teacher contact time per week, spread over three days.


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

You can apply for this programme online. Click on APPLY NOW and follow the steps below:

  • Register for our online service and verify your account
  • Log in to our website and click APPLY NOW on your chosen programme’s page to complete 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 include full details of your qualifications from your own country, as well as details of any English Language tests you have taken.

Printed application forms are also available.

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