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Caring for Children Level 1 Diploma at Isle of Wight College

Course description

The course is an introduction to working with children.  It will help you to decide if you wish to undertake a career working with the age range 0-8 years.  It provides opportunities for you to identify and achieve personal goals in education and training, and to develop basic skills in caring for children, that you will be able to use in further training.  There is also an opportunity during the second half of the course to work with children in a variety of placements.

Course content

This course allows you to learn basic skills in caring for and educating young children. The course runs over 3 days, 2 days in college and 1 day in a child care placement from January till June. This course also includes qualifications in English and Maths. Units you may study include:

  • Children’s play and leisure activities in the community
  • Sharing Learning experiences with children
  • Growth and development of young children
  • Musical activities for young children
  • Finding out about forest schools
  • Preparing for your next steps

Entry requirements

4 GCSEs Grade E to include English, and an interview. Or successful completion of CACHE Entry level Certificate in Caring for Children and functional skills English at entry level 3.


College classes provide the knowledge and understanding that will help to build confidence for practice in the work placements.  The course consists of three days a week in college and one day a week for placement in a variety of settings for children from 0 to 7 years 11 months from the spring term. As well as academic work, you will take part in practical workshops and regular fieldwork trips.

Future opportunities

Successful students will be encouraged to progress to higher level courses that will increase employment potential.

Progression – CACHE level 2 Certificate in an Introduction to Early Years Education& Care.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Isle of Wight College directly.

Last updated date: 18 January 2016
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