Caring for Children Award/Certificate Level 1


Level 1

Who is this course for?

This one-year full-time course is designed for 16 to 18 year-olds.

Formal Entry Requirements

Learners need 2 GCSEs at grade D or above, plus a positive attitude, commitment and self-motivation. All learners will be required to complete an initial assessment prior to the formal interview.
A police check will be required if students go on work placement at the end of the course. Funding may be available for the DBS check, dependent on individual circumstances.

What does the course involve?

The course helps students develop basic skills required in caring for young children, from birth onwards, including an opportunity to work in a childcare setting towards the end of the programme. The course comprises nine mixed Vocational and PSD units with additional compulsory Functional Skills. Units include:

  • Sharing Learning Experiences with Children
  • Respecting and Valuing Children
  • Growth and Development of Young Children
  • Healthy Eating for Families
  • Healthy Living
  • Supporting Babies to Play
  • Confidence Building for the Young Child through Play
  • Children’s Play and Leisure Activities in the Community
  • Preparing for your Next Steps

Additional/Functional Skills include Literacy, ICT and Maths/Numeracy.

Students will be taught in a friendly conducive teaching and learning environment through lectures, group discussions/debates, assignment workshops, visiting speakers and individual support by friendly and caring tutors.

Enrichment activities

Enrichment activities are an integral part of the course and include fun activities such as trips, visits, fundraising for the local community, hospitals and charities. Participation in community work placements in local schools and childcare settings is offered as an option towards the end of the course. There is also an opportunity to gain extra qualifications in creative crafts and drugs awareness.

How will I be assessed?

Students will complete Learner Achievement Logs for Mandatory Units which provide a variety of tasks from reports, questions, role play and presentations to case studies.  Learners must complete a Unit Assessment Record which tutors will mark in order for them to gain certification.

Where can I go next?

You may be able to progress to a CACHE Level 2 Award/Certificate/Diploma in Childcare and Education or, if over the age of 18, the NVQ Level 2 Children’s Care, Learning and Development or the Level 2 Diploma course in Health and Social Care.