Caring for Children Certificate Level 1

Subject Area Childcare and Early Years
Course Type 16-18, College
Qualification Level 1
Start Date September 2021
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Caring for Children Certificate Level 1

Wherever you are in the world, we always need caring and qualified professionals to support our children and young people. This course is the first step in a career that will last you a lifetime.

The Introduction to Childcare course develops your confidence and personal skills as well as an awareness of what a career in childcare involves. You will complete three days in College to study child development, play and creative activities for children. You will also create a child friendly environment for visiting families and nurseries. With strong links to local employers, there will also be opportunities to volunteer with children and gain work experience during the course, which will prepare you for further study.

All of our childcare courses are delivered by experienced professionals, who draw upon their careers to provide you with the support and guidance you need. Everything we do is about creating a learning environment where you can develop your confidence and grow as a childcare professional.

Course Details

Entry Requirements
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  • You must have a GCSE Grade 2(E) in Maths or L1 functional skills
  • GCSE 2(E) or L1 functional skills
  • You should have a genuine interest in this subject
  • You will need to complete a DBS Check
What will I learn?
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  • Child development

  • Play and learning

  • Creative activities for children

  • Developing your own personal and professional skills

  • Forest School

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LocationPaignton Campus
DatesSeptember 2021

This course costs: £

If you are aged 19 and over at the start of the course, you may have options to help fund your studies with us. The funding you can receive depends on your personal circumstances, and could mean you are entitled to fully subsidised or reduced tuition fees.

This course is fully funded for 16-18 year olds (if applicable to the course).

You may also be entitled to support with travel, childcare and equipment.

To find out exactly what you could receive, contact our Helpzone team on 08000 380 123 for a free, impartial appointment, with no commitment necessary.


"The course was local and exactly what I needed to further my career. When I opened my results I felt so happy and very proud of myself, gaining a first was a result of both the hard work and the guidance I received from the course team. I can now fulfil my ambition of opening a kindergarten abroad."Ben Steadman

Paignton Campus – Vantage Point

This course is available at our Vantage Point Campus. 

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