Caring for Children Under Five Level 1

The Caring for Children Under Five Level 1 course programme is designed to give you an understanding of the knowledge and skills needed to care for young children. You will gain work experience with young children and participate in a range of enrichment activities including visits and group projects. Coursework will include assignments and creating your own portfolio of work. You will also engage in activities to develop your English, maths and employability skills.

***Applications for full-time courses to start in September 2022 are open now!***

We want to make sure you have the best chance of securing a place with us. All full-time applications received by 31st of January 2022 will be guaranteed a place at Colchester Institute, subject to you satisfying the published entry requirements. We still accept applications after this date but may not be able to guarantee you a place on your chosen programme.

Application for this course are made by the ‘Apply Online’ buttons located in the menu further down the page.

If you are looking to start, or are a parent/guardian of a learner looking to start in September 2022, then bookings for our popular January Open Events are also open.

January Open Events

Course Content

Caring for Children Under Five Level 1 units may inlcude:

  • Personal Development
  • Human Development
  • Food and Nutrition
  • Healthy Lifestyles
  • Orientation to Work
  • Teamwork
  • Communications
Entry Requirements
  • 3 GCSEs (9-1) including English Language
  • An interview
  • Satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS*) check.

* Please note there is a charge of £44 for a DBS check.

Career Opportunities

As an experienced nursery worker you could progress to become a senior nursery worker or centre manager. You could also become a community nursery worker or play leader, or complete further training with the aim of moving into children’s nursing, teaching or social work.

Source: National Careers Service

Course Progression

This Foundation Award is listed on the QCA National Framework of Qualifications and is recognised as a useful starting point for a career in caring for children. The level 1 course is not recognised for employment, but instead leads to further study.

How to make an Application – Watch our video guide!

We have also prepared a step-by-step video guide – please view this video which will guide you through the application process.

Caring for Children Under Five Level 1
LevelLevel 1
DurationOne year
Study ModeFull-Time
CampusColchester Campus
Start DateSeptember 2022 - Applications open on 1st October 2021
Fee(s)16-18 year olds: Free
19+: £761


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