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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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    • North Manchester Sixth Form is a friendly, vibrant sixth form centre offering courses for school leavers. There are a wide range of courses to choose from, including acting, medical sciences, childcare, business, film production and forensics. The comfortable, environmentally friendly site is made up of a bright modern building and the restored Harpurhey Baths. There is plenty of space to socialise and a large garden. Many of the facilities at North Manchester Sixth Form are open to the community.

      Harpurhey Baths is a Grade II listed building and part of North Manchester Sixth Form. The college has transformed the building into an award-winning exhibition space for students and the community.

      Facilities at North Manchester Sixth Form include:

      • library resources centre (LRC)
      • large open plan area for eating and socialising
      • canteen
      • garden
      • mock aircraft cabin, check in desk, working luggage scales and tannoy system
      • fitness centre, open to the public
      • exhibition and performance space, open to the public
      • panini bar, open to the public

      Local area

      North Manchester Sixth Form is in Harpurhey, a suburb three miles north of central Manchester. There are a large market, supermarket, shops, fast food chains and a post office nearby. North Manchester Sixth Form is close to Queens Park and Boggart Hole Clough, large community parks hosting events throughout the year. Queens Park has a children’s playground. North City Family and Fitness Centre is five minutes’ walk away and has a health suite and swimming pool.