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Childcare Level 1 at Sheffield College

Course description

This is a 1 year full time course.

About the course

This course is designed to encourage your understanding of the skills and knowledge needed to care for young children.  The programme will also help to develop life skills. 

Modules studied include:

  • Child development and how children grow and develop
  • Caring for young children
  • Play and learning in the home for young children and babies, musical activities, craft activities and play and leisure activities in the community
  • Responsibilities of young parents, how to build confidence in young children, listening and talking to a young child and showing respect.
  • Eating healthily
  • How to look after children and keep them safe

Part of the course will be about learning to develop parenting and life skills and how to interact with children with special educational needs or where English is an additional language. You will also have the opportunity to plan and prepare for the next steps in your learning journey.

The course will involve a combination of practical and written activities.  There is no work experience or placement as part of this course. You will be required to study functional skills in English and Maths.

You will have the opportunity to undertake Forest Schools training (Outdoor education activities) and Human Trafficking awareness training, attend education trade exhibitions and help charity fund raising.

Will the course suit me?

In order to be successful on this course, you will need to be interested in child care and in children.  You will need good attendance and punctuality and should be motivated and prepared to learn.

Entry requirements

4 GCSEs at Grade 2 or above including English Language


The course is assessed using a range of methods; this could include tasks such as producing information charts, leaflets or written assignments.

Financial information


At The Sheffield College we will always do our best to support you through your studies, to make them as stress free as possible. We have a specialist support team who can give you all the advice you need on all things financial, including what might be available to you, so that you don’t go short and you can concentrate all your efforts into your studies.

Free meals

If you meet the eligibility criteria we’ll be able to support you with free meals. You’ll get an amount of money that you can use within the college shops and diners per day. This will be added to your student ID card which you will just swipe to purchase items.

Travel passes

Students (including Apprentices) of The Sheffield College who live in South Yorkshire are eligible for a 16–18 Student Pass which entitles pass holders to cheaper travel on buses and trams in South Yorkshire. Pass holders are also entitled to half fare on Northern train services in South Yorkshire.

Learner Support Fund

If you are enrolled with us, you may receive support towards the cost of:

  • Travel

  • Books and materials

  • Uniform and equipment

  • Essential course trips

  • NUS extra

  • DBS checks needed for your course (previously known as CRB)
  • UCAS registration fee and travel to interviews when applying for university

Future opportunities

Where can it lead?

On successful completion you could progress to a Level 2 Child Care course or to other courses at this level. It does not prepare you for a specific job role, but supports you in preparing for the next steps in education or training. To progress onto level 2 you will need to be ready for the workplace by having a mature attitude, excellent attendance, punctuality and motivation.





Further information

Open Days

Why not come and see for yourself. Visit us on one of our open evenings and meet the people who will be teaching you, have a chat about what the course involves and look round our fantastic facilities where you’ll be learning.

Our City, Hillsborough, Peaks and Olive Grove campuses will be open on the following days:

  • Thursday 25th October 2018
  • Wednesday 21st November 2018
  • Tuesday 29th January 2019
  • Monday 4th March 2019

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: 17 September 2018
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    • Welcome to Peaks Campus

      The Sheffield College Peaks campus in the south-east of the city has a friendly and relaxed atmosphere with ‘The Loft’ canteen and social area, and ‘The Attic’ providing a vast learning space and climbing wall.

      Peaks has excellent transport links with a tram stop right outside the campus with regular trams to and from the city centre. Peaks offers vocational courses and academic qualifications.


      Peaks Campus, Waterthorpe Greenway, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S20 8LY

      By Car

      From the M1 take Junction 31 and follow signs for A57.

      Follow the A57 for approximately 3.5 miles continue on to Moss Way.

      When you see the South Yorkshire Police building on your left, take the first exit on the roundabout.

      Peaks Campus is on the right hand side.


      Parking is available for Blue Badge holders only (please see the Disabled Go website for more details).

      By Train

      Sheffield Train station is well served by a variety of rail routes, please check the National Rail Enquiries website for more details. Once you arrive, Peaks Campus is accessible by tram, which you can pick up from Sheffield Train Station. Please see the section below for more details.

      By Tram

      Peaks Campus’ nearest tram stop is Moss Way, on the Blue Line.

      The Supertram website has travel planner which you can use to plan your journey and find up to date information about fares.

      By Bus

      There are plenty of buses that serve Peaks Campus – check out the Travel South Yorkshire website to find the best route from your location, as well and timetables and fares.

      By Bike

      Peaks Campus has secure bike storage on site. Please speak to Student Services to register and gain access to the storage facilities.


      For accessibility information please visit the Disabled Go website