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Caring for Children Level 1 Certificate (CACHE) at Richmond-upon-Thames College

Course description

Child care is about having an interest in children and caring for their needs. You will help children aged between 0-15 years to learn about life including how to get on with each other. In addition you will start to be involved in their education as well as providing them with opportunities to play and have fun.

Course content

This is quite a practical course that gives you an introduction to caring for children. You will be asked to undertake work individually and in groups during class time as well as have time to plan and carry out activities. You must complete a portfolio of work.


The course is taught in units covering the following subjects:

  • Personal development
  • Human growth and development
  • Food and nutrition
  • Health and safety practice
  • Care of children
  • Play activities
  • Orientation to work

There will a period of work experience within the course. This will involve working with young children.

Entry requirements

4 GCSEs at grade E-F including English and Maths at grade 2. Some experience of caring for young children such as babysitting, would be useful.


The course is 100% continual assessment.

Financial information

You will need to buy one textbook costing approximately £23 and pay transport fares to your work experience.


You will need to obtain a Police Check from the DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) to determine suitability as a 'fit' person to work with children. The DBS charge is currently £44 and the check is done before the start of the course (prices are for 2015).

Future opportunities

This course may lead to a level 2 certificate in child care or another area provided you have the appropriate entry requirements and reference. Alternatively, you could move into work based training.

Further information

To find out more about this course please visit our website or contact us on or 020 8607 8302

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Richmond-upon-Thames College directly.

Last updated date: 19 October 2017
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