What does the qualification cover?

This qualification encourages an understanding of the knowledge and the skills needed to care for young children. It covers children’s growth, learning and development. There are also units to help with self-development.

This qualification shares units with the Entry Level 3 in Caring for a Child/Children qualification and the Level 1 Personal and Social Development qualification.

Who is it suitable for?

This qualification is suitable for you if you are considering a career in caring for children. It could also support you with re-engaging with learning and break down barriers to you entering the childcare workforce.

What are the entry requirements?

You should be at least 14 years old. We do not set any other entry requirements but colleges or training providers may have their own guidelines.

How many credits are required to complete it?

The Certificate requires 26 credits. Credits from the Award can be carried over to the Certificate, and from the Certificate to the Diploma.

How is it assessed?

The qualification will be assessed by your tutor or assessor using a range of methods. This could include tasks such as designing charts or leaflets, coursework or methods such as oral questioning.

Do you need to be working to take the qualification?

No, as this is a knowledge only qualification.

How long does it take to complete?

You can usually complete the Certificate in a year or less.

What related qualifications can you progress to?

• Level 1 Diploma in Caring for Children
• Level 2 Certificate Introducing Caring for Children and Young People
• Level 2 Award in Babysitting
• Level 2 Award in Preparation for the Responsibilities of Parenting
• Level 2 Certificate in an Introduction to Early Years Education and Care
• Level 2 Certificate for the Children and Young People's Workforce

Funding for our qualifications

Find out more about funding for this and other qualifications on the funding page.

Which type of job roles can you apply for on completion?

This qualification does not qualify you to work but it does support you in preparing for your next steps either in training or moving towards work.

Key Facts

The Key Facts document details all of the important information you need to know about this qualification.

Purpose statement 

This document outlines the content of this qualification, who it’s designed for, and the opportunities it could lead to.

Ref: 500/9009/4

Sector: Health, Public Services and Care, Children and Young People

Level: Level 1

Minimum entry age: 16

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