This course is perfect if you like working with children, want to pursue a career in Early Years and are looking to gain the skills to achieve this.
You’ll learn about the growth and development of young children, job roles within Early Years and how to provide activities to help children develop. You’ll also gain personal learning skills, an awareness of equality, health and safety, and communication.
You can expect to receive great tuition and support throughout the course, which will include a variety of coursework and case studies.
The College’s fantastic industry links mean that you will benefit from plenty of contact with industry professionals, giving you a real insight into the sector and what to expect as you progress through your training.
How to enrol onto this course
It is no longer possible to apply to join the course this academic year.
You will be able to apply online for 2024/25 soon.
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NCFE Level 1 Certificate in Caring for Children
You’ll need 4 GCSEs at grades 3–1 (D–G), including English Language and Maths at grades 3–1 (D–G) or a relevant Entry 3 vocational qualification. You will also be asked to sit an initial assessment to show that you are ready to study English and maths at Level 1. If your results are lower than this, don't worry, we'll find the right course for you.
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During the course you will work through case studies and coursework.
Further study could include the Level 3 Certificate in Childcare and Education, depending on you achieving the relevant maths and English grades, or an Apprenticeship at Level 2 or 3.
tudents aged 16-18 don't have to pay tuition fees.
If you are aged 19 or over you may still be eligible for funding. Check out our Financial Help pages to find out more!
If you are an EU/EEA or Swiss National, please visit our EU Settled Status scheme page for more information.
Some students will complete a placement in a nursery or a school and in order to do this you will need to have a DBS which shows that you are safe to work with children for which there is a cost of £9.60. All students will be required to pay and obtain a volunteer DBS.
To receive a DBS Certificate, you will need to complete an application (we will help you with this, don’t worry) and you need to provide identification.
You will need two of the following:
You will also need to provide us with your proof of address that is on a bank statement or a benefit letter with your name on it.
Please do your best to have the ID ready before you start your course.