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Child Development and Care CACHE Award Level 1 at Gateshead College

Course description

This is an exciting one year full-time study programme aimed at helping you develop a career in early years and childcare. 

We're committed to ensuring you are job ready when you leave us and will provide you with the knowledge and skills needed when working under supervision with children and young people from birth to 19 years of age.

You will develop the necessary skills and knowledge to show any potential employers and will have the right attitude, work ethic and high standards that would be an asset to any organisation.

We have excellent links with a range of high quality work experience placements in the field of early years and childcare and as part of your study programme you will gain real 'hands-on' experience in our state of the art nursery classroom before to undertaking a work placement (a minimum number of hours are required to complete your study programme).

Once in a work placement, you will work alongside professional childcare workers and learn practical skills that you will relate to learning in the classroom.

You will complete work placement in a range of settings and with different age ranges of children including nurseries, day nurseries and primary schools.

Course content

During your course,  you will gain an understanding of all aspects of childcare including,

  • child development
  • child safety
  • learning and play
  • communication.

You will learn and develop your skills by using a range of exciting and innovative teaching and learning methods including, going on trips and visits, for example to Beamish Museum and the Centre for Life, guest speakers, projects, presentations, posters and displays and by completing assignment work.

Your teachers will work with you to ensure an individual learning plan is in place that will stretch and challenge you to ensure you reach your full potential and you will do this by setting targets in your own electronic action plan.

Your study programme will support your progress to employment or to further study and will include tutorial sessions, communication and multi-disciplinary teamwork as part of job pursuit workshops, you will complete projects that enhance the curriculum such as equality and diversity and fundraising activities.

Entry requirements

  • 2 GCSEs grade A–C including English language plus maths GCSE grade D or above.

Future opportunities

The course covers a diverse range of job roles and occupational areas including early years and social care and you could progress to level 3 (subject to meeting entry criteria) or could enter the world of work in the following types of roles:

  • educational support assistant
  • teaching assistant
  • play worker
  • special needs education assistant
  • nursery assistant.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 13 April 2016

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    • Gateshead College's Baltic Campus is located on the Gateshead quayside, just minutes from Newcastle City Centre and its attractions.

      The College is situated behind the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art and The Sage Gateshead.

      The College has its own car park, but at busy times alternative parking is available nearby.

      There is a charge for parking. Students can apply for a permit to allow free parking during study time.