Childcare | CACHE Diploma in Childcare & Early Years Education | Level 1

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Course Code: FE0344-1C Course Type: 16+ college (full-time) Campus: Broadwater Campus Entry requirements: At least two GCSEs at grade 2 or above, preferably including English and maths. Plus two references (one from working with children) and an enhanced DBS Awarding Body: NCFE

Why this course?

The Level 1 course enables you to gain valuable skills and work experience to progress onto further study and move towards the early years career of your choice. 

Being on a Level 1 course, you will receive excellent help and support from experienced tutors and teaching assistants. Working in small classes, you will notice your confidence and self-esteem grow. Level 1 also boosts your social skills and ability to get on with a variety of people. Your study programme will also include some supported English and Maths sessions and provide a first step towards gaining qualifications.

Our tutors have wide ranging experience which supports their teaching, including roles as school governors, early years teachers, nursery nurse/playgroup supervisors and first aid practitioners. The course provides: 

  • Fantastic links with local hospitals, schools and nurseries
  • Work placements for practical experience
  • Inspirational guest speakers
  • High progression rate to employment

At the end of this course you will achieve a level 1 certificate in caring for children.

Start dates

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Entry requirements

Start at Level 1 if you have at least 2 GCSEs at grade 2 (F) or above, preferably including English and maths. Plus, two references; one from working with children and an enhanced DBS. 

Entry requirements

Course content

This course allows you to gain an introductory qualification and develop your skills to progress to a Level 2 course in Childcare or Health & Social Care. You will complete a work placement in your chosen area and the course content will reflect your area of interest. 

All students gain valuable skills and confidence to progress onto further study.

Topics include:
  • Healthy living 
  • Learning through play
  • Craft activities
  • Self development

Why this course?

  • High levels of progression to Level 2 qualifications
  • High-quality work placement opportunities in a range of settings, so you can experience multiple aspects of early years
  • Industry-experienced teaching staff who are passionate about their areas of expertise and are committed to helping you to attain your learning goals and meet your personal aims


After this course

After successful completion of Level 1, you can progress to Early Years or Health & Social Care Level 2 courses or a different programme of your choice.

Alternatively, you may want to seek employment or begin an apprenticeship.

Future careers:

  • Nursing
  • Healthcare support services 
  • Care worker
  • Social worker
  • Childminder
  • Nursery practitioner
After this course

Course fees

This course is free (you do not have to pay fees) if:

  • You are a UK citizen, hold EU Settlement Status or have a visa which could qualify you for home status.
  • AND you are under 19 on 31 August in the year you are studying. 

Additional funding

If you are unemployed, in receipt of certain benefits or on a low wage, you may be eligible for a free course. 
To be eligible for a free course, you must meet the following criteria:
  • You will be aged 19+ when the course begins
  • AND you are in receipt of Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) or Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • OR you are receiving a means tested benefit, earning less than £617 per month (take home) if you are a sole claimant or £988 a month if you have a joint claim with your partner, and are completing the course to improve your employability
  • OR if you are working and earn less than £20,319 annual gross salary
You will need to provide evidence and sign a declaration when you enrol.

Subsidised fees

If the above does not apply to you, you may still be eligible for a subsidised fee. For more information, please speak to our Admissions team: | 01273 667704



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Course costs

All 16+ (full-time) courses are free to UK citizens, those who hold EU Settlement Status or have a visa which could qualify them for home status, AND are under 19 years old on the 31 August of the year of entry. If you are 19+ and interested in studying this course, you can find out more about costs and financial support in the link below.

19+ fees

How to apply

We accept applications throughout the year, allowing you to apply up until the course starts.

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