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Childcare - Level 1 CACHE Diploma in Caring for Children NCFE at Wakefield College

Course description

This qualification is designed to stimulate interest and encourage the learners’ understanding of the skills and knowledge needed to care for young children. It builds on the knowledge covered in the Award and Certificate in Caring for Children.
It is aimed at a range of learners, including young people needing to develop life skills as well as those who are thinking of working in childcare. It is also suitable for parents who wish to develop parenting skills, mature learners with special educational needs, or where English is an additional language.

The units cover both personal development and the development and growth of babies and young children. They also explore:

• The value of a healthy lifestyle and diet
• Communication and learning
• Aspects of play
• The importance of building children’s confidence
• Human lifespan from birth to the elderly

Course content

What you will study

This course will cover a range of the topics from the list below:

• CFC 13 Sharing learning experiences with children 
• CFC 14 Growth and development of young children 
• CFC 15 Human growth and development 
• CFC 9 Respecting and valuing children 
• CFC 10 Children’s play and leisure activities in the community 
• CFC 16 Preparing for your next steps
• CFC 17 Supporting babies to play
• CFC 21 Science activities for young children 
• CFC 22 Technology activities for young children 
• CFC 23 Musical activities for young children 
• CFC 24 Practical health and safety when with young children 
• CFC 25 Finding out about forest schools
• CFC 26 Craft activities for young children 
• *CFC 27  Understanding learning and development through play
• **TDA 2.2 Safeguarding children and young people 
• CFC 18 Investigating a vocational area
• CFC 19 Self-development 
• HL 1 Healthy Living 
• CFC 20 Healthy eating for families 
• CFC 1  Confidence building for the young child through play
• CFC 2 Listening to and talking with a child 
• CFC 20 Healthy eating for families 
• CFC 1  Confidence building for the young child through play
• CFC 2 Listening to and talking with a child 

How you will learn

You will learn through presentations and in class practical experiences, in addition to this there will also be some visits to places of work relevant to the childcare profession.

Entry requirements

3 GCSEs A*-G (new grade 9-1)


You will be assessed through the completion of a portfolio of evidence which will be made up of;
- Posters 
- Leaflets 
- Presentations 
- Short essays
- Observations
- Activity plans 
- Booklets  

Financial information

Tuition and certification are free if you are aged 16-18 years old. Related additional costs may include materials, equipment, visits, residentials etc which are payable by all students.
Any student entered/registered with an Awarding Body who has been given free entry and then withdraws or is withdrawn by a tutor will incur the certification fee associated with the course. Any resit examination will incur a cost.

Different fees apply to international students.

For more detailed information on financial support and fees for students aged 19+ please contact the Financial Support Team on 01924 789304.

Future opportunities

Further study

Further progression opportunities will depend on the learners’ abilities, but could include a broad range of destinations in Foundation Learning including:

• Supported employment
• Independent living
- Progression to level 2 childcare courses

Career Opportunities

Although the qualification does not qualify learners to work with children, it does support them in preparing for the “next steps” either in training or moving towards the world of work.

Further information

If you require further information please contact: The Course Information Team on 01924 789111

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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: 26 April 2018
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    • Castleford Campus (Postcode WF10 4UA)

      The Castleford Campus (previously known as the skillsXchange) houses the College’s provision in Construction, Motor Vehicle, Engineering, Hair and Beauty, IT and some Care and replaces the training which was previously offered at the College’s Whitwood Campus.

      Located at Junction 32 of the M62 between Castleford and Pontefract, the site is well known for Xscape, the indoor ski slope whose building houses a 14-screen cinema, bowling alley, climbing wall, sports facilities and restaurants. The Campus is situated directly next to the Asda in Glasshoughton.

      A learning resource centre, equipped with the very latest in technology, is a superb place for individual study, or to relax and use the internet. The Centre overlooks the large external courtyard, where students can mix, mingle and chill.

      In state-of-the-art hair and beauty salons, including a nail bar, we are training the next generation of hairdressers and beauticians. These professional salons offer live training environments to our students, with treatments for both men and women available at affordable prices. There are also industry standard facilities for the study of construction and engineering, motor vehicle and electrical courses.