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Award in Caring for Children (Beginners) - Level 1


This course offers a wonderful opportunity for you to begin your career working with young children.

Combining both practical and theoretical learning, this exciting course allows you to learn in the classroom, in our early years practice room and off-site as part of your work experience hours.  You will also take part in our learning company to further your knowledge and experience.

During the course, you will discover how to plan and create a range of activities in preparation for your work placement. You will also take part in a range of learning activities that will enable you to build a good knowledge of child development. 

Start dates and fees

Start DateCodeAnnual FeeActions
Sep 20234702A1356FREEApply

E You may be eligible for fee exemption depending on your circumstances. Please see our fees for adult learners page for more information.

What will I study?

  • Human growth and development
  • Finding out about Forest Schools
  • Health and safety when working with young children
  • Music, science and craft activities for young children
  • Understanding learning and development through play

Entry requirements

This course is only available to those aged 16-18 years.

  • Grade 2 in English and maths, plus two other GCSEs at grade 2.
  • You will also need to have a successful DBS check.

If you are a young person who is not currently studying a traditional GCSE programme, we will consider alternative qualifications such as functional skills and vocational qualifications.

Please contact our admissions team for further information -

Study programmes - essential skills for employment

As an entry requirement on some of our courses, you will need a GCSE in both English and maths with at least a grade 4/C (please see entry requirements above).

If this isn’t displayed under the entry requirements and you don’t currently have a GCSE in both English and maths at grade 4/C or above before joining us, you will then study English and maths as part of your programme with the aim of achieving a qualification with at least a grade 4/C. This is to help improve your chances of employment once you leave us.

In addition, to help you gain essential skills for employment, all students aged 19 and under and studying a full-time course with us will take part in our study programmes.

How long is the course?

1 year.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed by a range of methods including written assignments, booklets, posters and a report from your work placement.

Career opportunities

How do I apply?

Apply online

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