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CACHE Caring For Children Diploma at Solihull College & University Centre

Course description

This course is an ideal first step if you think a career in child care is for you. In order for you be able to practice in the workplace you will need to progress to level 2.

Course content

You will study all aspects of caring for children and reflect on your personal development. Your course will cover:
-Personal and Social Development
-Communication Skills with Children
-Planning for the Physical and Emotional Care Needs of Children
-Keeping Children Safe
-Children's Learning Through Everyday Experiences
-Creative Activities for Young Children
-Books, Stories, Poems and Rhymes for children

Maths and English will also be an important part of your course. You will continue to develop these skills and will work towards a qualification at an appropriate level.

Entry requirements

GCSE English and maths
A good standard of written and spoken English is essential.
You will have a positive school reference with good levels of attendance and punctuality. Experience of working with children e.g. babysitting or nursery experience would be very useful and a successful interview

If you have Learning Difficulty or Disability please let us know when you apply. You will be offered support in your interview. If you need help completing your application we can help with this too.


To pass this course you will complete a portfolio of work. A variety of methods are used to assess your progress including: Individual & group presentations, case studies, assignments, projects, work based assignments, developing learning resources, and display work.

Assessment is via practical assignments, course work and external exams in English and Maths.

Future opportunities

If you are successful on this course, you will be able to continue studying towards Level 2 in Childrens Care, Learning and Development, either as an apprentice or on a full time CACHE Level 2 (subject to the entry criteria)

Further information

All students working with children will need to have an Enhanced Criminal Records Bureau Check; this may affect your application. Please discuss this with your interviewing tutor.
You need to bring pen, notebooks and folders to every lesson. It is expected that you will bring a memory stick to save and back up your work.
Educational trips are part of our course and students will be expected to contribute towards them. This must be paid at enrolment.
You will be need to provide all basic stationery including pens, pencils, paper, plastic wallets, folders plus any additional stationery which is required for your course.
You will also need to provide costs for text books, trips during the course and a polo shirt for work placement. You should allow £60-70 to cover these costs

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Solihull College & University Centre directly.

Last updated date: 08 November 2016
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