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Caring for Children Diploma Level 1 at St Helens College

Course description

This course is a perfect first step for those new to childcare. You'll have a fantastic time learning all about the growth and development of babies and young children.

You will also be investigating how babies play and create your own activities for them, relating to science, technology and arts and crafts.

Everything that you learn and experience on this course, can prepare you for a career in childcare as you'll gain valuable employability skills that your future employer will be looking for.

Course content

During this course, you will cover the following the units:

  • Growth and development of young children
  • Preparing for your next steps
  • Supporting babies to play
  • Science activities for young children
  • Technology activities for young children
  • Finding out about forest schools
  • Craft activities for young children
  • Safeguarding the welfare of children and young people
  • Healthy living
  • Healthy eating for families

Entry requirements

You need a GCSE at grade D or above in either English language or maths, as well as four GCSEs at grade E or above.

English and maths forms an important part of your future, ensuring you achieve the best success in your chosen career. But don't worry, if you haven't got the desired grades, we will still have a course available for you.


You will be assessed by practical assignments including leaflets, booklets, posters and Q&A.

Financial information

If you are a school leaver, aged 16-18, (under the age of 19 on or before 31st August 2016), you do not pay tuition fees or examination and registration fees and may be eligible for additional support depending on your financial situation.

Future opportunities

After this course, you'll be ready to progress on to our level 2 course and you'll be one step closer to a fantastic career in the industry.

Alternatively, you may choose to move on to a traineeship or an apprenticeship. You'll gain skills and knowledge in this industry to help you prepare for this.

Further information

Your course isn't just classroom based. You'll be out and about in the community, raising money for charity or could even find yourself at Taylor Park abseiling.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Helens College directly.

Last updated date: 16 August 2016

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