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Caring for Children Diploma Level 1 at The Manchester College

Course description

As an introduction into caring for children, this Level 1 diploma is ideal for anyone considering a future career in this area. You’ll develop an underpinning knowledge of the skills needed to care for young children effectively, and lay the foundations for further study and a rewarding job in childcare. You’ll focus on practical health and safety aspects when working with children, and learn the importance of safeguarding young people’s welfare. You’ll also being to understand how children grow and develop as they get older, looking at how to respect and value their actions. Although you don’t need to be working or be on a practical placement - as this course is just focused on developing your knowledge, you’ll still be exploring a variety of craft activities for children and understanding how play can be focused on early learning. Healthy living will also be touched upon, and you’ll discover how to effectively share learning experiences with young people.

Entry requirements

You don’t need any formal qualifications or experience to enrol on this course. We will invite you down for an informal interview, where you will also complete a short initial assessment.


Each of the units on this Level 1 Diploma will be assessed by your tutor, using a range of methods that could include written coursework, designing charts and leaflets, or oral questioning.

Financial information

All full-time courses are free to 16-18 year olds who meet funding regulations. For further details please call the Course Enquiry Team on 03333 222 444.

Future opportunities

Once you’ve completed this CACHE Level 1 Diploma in Caring for Children, you’ll be able to progress onto a number of Level 2 courses here at The Manchester College, including a certificate in Introducing Caring for Children and Young People or a certificate in an Introduction to Early Years Education and Care. As you develop your knowledge and skills on these courses, you’ll be taking the next steps towards a number of rewarding careers in the childcare industry, Link to Careers or Link to Careers 2 including working as an Early Years Educator, a nanny, a childminder, or a practitioner in a nursery.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 10 April 2018
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    • Openshaw Campus is a welcoming centre, offering courses for school leavers, adults, university-level students and professionals. Many of the facilities at Openshaw are open to the community, including a library, salon, restaurant and fitness centre. Openshaw is a vibrant, modern campus, designed to be a supportive learning and social environment.

      Facilities at Openshaw Campus include:

      • IT suites with tools for multimedia courses
      • purpose-designed retail unit offering real life experience to retail learners
      • recording studios
      • outdoor amphitheatre for live music
      • state of the art automotive, engineering, construction and electrical technology and training vehicles
      • hair and beauty salons, open to the public
      • library resource centre (LRC)
      • gym and fitness centre, open to the public
      • award winning training restaurant (Bistro East), open to the public
      • nursery
      • air cabin

      Local area

      Openshaw is a suburb of east Manchester, a short bus ride from Manchester’s city centre. Openshaw Campus is built at the heart of the community with an open plan design and attractive green space and water features. Sportcity and the City of Manchester Stadium are close to the campus. Sportcity has a number of sports venues and fitness and sports facilities for the public. There is a 14-screen cinema five minutes away by car or 25 minutes on foot.