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Caring for Children - Level 1 (Full-Time) at Newcastle College

Course description

This course is a one year course for learners who would like an introduction to childcare and develop an awareness of the types of provision and jobs available in the Childcare sector.

This qualification is designed to stimulate interest and encourage the learners understanding of the skills and knowledge needed to care for young children.

Learners will study a mixture of vocational and personal and social development units, as well as the opportunity to improve English and Maths qualifications.

Course content

Learners will study:

  • Human growth and development
  • Respecting and valuing children
  • Children's play and leisure activities in the community
  • Practical health and safety when with young children
  • Craft activities for young children
  • Safeguarding the welfare of children and young people
  • Healthy living
  • Healthy living for families
  • Interview skills
  • Dealing with challenges
  • Developing self
  • Managing own money
  • Personal and social relationships
  • Contributing to a team
  • Preparing for your next step

Functional Skills, including Maths and English are compulsory part of this programme. Maths and English form part of every programme of study for students who have yet to secure a GCSE grade C or above, in these subjects. This will enhance job and career opportunities, and where appropriate, progression to higher education.

A block placement week will be offered during the summer term to suitable learners.

Entry requirements

  • 4 GCSE's Grades E-G. Including English & Maths
  • Subject to DBS clearance

Students will be required to participate in summer school keeping warm activities and assessments.

Students may be redirected to another programme if this one is not suitable. Students will also have to complete a satisfactory induction period and programme of study.


  • Creation of portfolio of evidence
  • Placement Observation
  • Exams for English and Maths

Future opportunities

On completion of all aspects of the programme of study including a satisfactory placement attendance and report and having shown commitment through good attendance and behaviour in college, it may be possible to progress onto the level 2 Certificate in Early Year's Educator or Health and Social Care level 2. 

Entry requirements can change with Government requirements of the sector.

Not applicable at this level - this does not give learners a licence to practice.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Newcastle College directly.

Last updated date: 18 April 2016
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