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In Short

There are strict guidelines in place both for organisations and individuals within the childcare sector. It is therefore essential to gain a qualification if you want to look after children. This course allows you to learn basic skills in caring for children. It includes theory and practical work, and provides a useful starting point for a career in this industry, and progression into further study.


Entry Requirements

Selection is by interview and a good school or employer reference. There are no formal entry requirements, but you will be expected to show a keen interest in working with children and to demonstrate an ability to cope with the assessment process. Other information such as assessment results, relevant experience and portfolio may be taken into consideration. Students will also need to complete a Disclosure and Barring Service application (formerly CRB) to attend work placements. More information about your Disclosure and Barring Service check will be provided at enrollment.


Course Content

You will study a mixture of theory and practical work within the course, including units related to caring for children and an introduction to Health, Social Care and EarlyYears.

Units include:

In Caring for Children

  • Growth and development for young children
  • Human growth and development
  • Respecting and valuing children
  • Confidence building for the young child
  • Talking and Listening  and Understanding learning and development through play
  • Finding out about Forest schools; Science, Music and Craft activities for young children

In Health &Social Care:

  • Services in Health & Social care & Early years
  • Principles & values
  • Practical health and safety.
  • Safeguarding
  • Communication
  • Equality and Diversity
  • Person centred care
  • Healthy eating

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed for competency in each unit through the completion of a linked assignment. A pass in all units must be achieved in all areas to gain the full award.


NCFE is a nationally recognised provider of childcare qualifications. You will be able to enter employment at trainee level or progress to further education such as the NCFE Level 2 qualification in Childcare and Health and Social Care or to an Apprenticeship programme.



The College library has an extensive lending and reference book stock, specific books required will be advised. A basic uniform of a polo shirt is required for placements, you can purchase this at enrolment from the College at a cost of £9.60.



If you are aged 16-18 as of 31 August on the year of enrolment – no course fee. If you are over 19 as of 31 August and enrolling on a full-time programme of study a tuition fee will be applicable in most cases. Bursary funds There are financial support arrangements for 16-18 year olds and hardship funds available for the over 19s. Please contact our Information Centre for details of costs and concessions on 01305 208808 or email

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