Caring for Children - Level 1

This course encourages an understanding of the knowledge and the skills needed to care for young children. You will study the different ways in which children learn and develop, how they use all their senses in order to learn about the world in which they live.

This course is designed to stimulate interest and encourage the learners’ understanding of the skills and knowledge needed to care for a child.

This course will introduce you to the idea that children are learning all the time. They learn at home, in a childcare setting, indoors and outdoors and when they explore their local community. You will explore learning opportunities for children in all of those places.

The programme also includes studying maths and English towards GCSE grade A*-C (new grading system: 9-4) if you do not already have these grades.


What topics/modules are covered?

The units of this course cover both personal development and the development and growth of babies and young children (birth to 5 years and 11 months old).

You will explore:

  • Respecting and valuing children
  • Communication and learning
  • Children’s play and leisure activities in the community
  • Confidence building for the young child through play
  • Listening to and talking with a young child
  • Musical activities for young children
  • Science activities for young children

All units will be internally assessed by your Tutor or Assessor using a range of methods which could include: written assignments or tasks such as designing a leaflet or booklet, charts or diagrams or setting up an information board.

What are the entry requirements?

There are no formal qualifications for our Level 1 courses.

The College will always treat each applicant as an individual. Should you not have or not expect to obtain the grades stated above, or not have relevant industry related experience, the College would still welcome your application for this course as this will enable us to identify whether this course is, in fact, the right course for you or whether another course may be more appropriate.

All course offers will be subject to satisfactory interview and reference.

Please note: To gain access to this course you will need to go through a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. If you have criminal convictions or cautions, please do not be put off from applying for the course. Your acceptance on to the course will depend on the nature of any convictions and will be at the discretion of the College and your placement provider.

What can I do if I complete this course?

  • An Introduction to Early Years Education and Care - Level 2
  • Clinical Health and Dementia Care - Diploma - Level 2
  • Health & Social Care - Extended Diploma – Level 2

Career Path

Although the qualification does not qualify you to work with children, it does support you in preparing for your next step, either in training or moving towards the world of work.

What qualification will I gain?

NCFE CACHE Level 1 Diploma in Caring for Children.

Start date



12 weeks.

Where will I be based?

Lifestyle Fitness Building, Hugh Baird College.


Aged 16-18

Aged 19+
There may be fees associated with this course. You may be eligible to have some or all of these fees waived by the College, depending on your individual circumstances. Please call 0151 353 4444 or email with any queries.

Financial Support (all ages)
You may be eligible to receive financial support for course fees, travel and childcare. Please visit our Student Finance page for more information. Please call 0151 353 4444 or email with any queries.



Terms, Conditions and Disclaimer

We reserve the right to make changes and improvements to the provision of courses and other details. There are minimum numbers of students required for each course to run. Should there be insufficient numbers to run a particular course, then every effort will be made to enrol you on a similar, appropriate course.

Last modified on Wednesday, 29 August 2018 09:06

Study Programme

If you are aged 16-19, this qualification will form a substantial part of your study programme. The study programme has been designed to ensure that young people are fully equipped and ready to move on to the world of work or higher level courses. In addition to your main qualification, will you also get the opportunity to undertake relevant and CV bolstering work experience out in your chosen industry. You will also be supported through maths and English qualifications.