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Childcare and Teacher Training

An Introduction to Caring for Children Level 1 Full-time

In Brief

Start Date / Duration

This course starts in September and runs for one year.

Entry requirements

Three GCSEs at grade 2 or above including English


A full qualification in a relevant subject at Entry Level and Level 1 functional skills in English and maths.

  • You will also need to successfully pass a Disclosure Barring Service – (DBS).
  • You will require a positive reference from school and to be able to provide evidence of previous work experience in a related area.
  • You will normally take part in an interview prior to being enrolled on the programme.

If you don’t currently meet these entry requirements, you maybe able to study a Level 1 Foundation Learning course.

You will achieve

Level 1 in Child Development and Wellbeing (Barnsley College Qualification)

Course overview

These qualifications encourage an understanding of the knowledge and the skills needed to care for young children. They cover children’s growth, learning and development. These qualifications are suitable for you if you are considering a career in caring for children.

Course content

To achieve the qualification you will need to undertake:

  • Meetings or study with the course advisor, tutor or assessor
  • Personal study such as private reading and completing assessments
  • Time being assessed to undertake practical work or work experience

The core units are covered:

  • Sharing Learning Experiences with Young Children
  • Human Growth and Development
  • Healthy Living
  • Preparing for your Next Steps
  • Self-Development
  • Investigating a Vocational Area
  • Craft Activities for Young Children
  • Healthy Eating for Families
  • Growth and Development of Young children
  • Practical Health and Safety when with Young Children
  • Science Activities for Young Children
  • Safeguarding the Welfare of Children and Young People
  • Technology Activities for Young Children
  • Functional skills in English, Mathematics and Information and Communication Technology (ICT) help people to gain the most out of life, learning and work

To achieve the unit you must provide evidence to meet all of the assessment criteria. CACHE Learner Achievement Log records your progress in achieving the assessment criteria and completing the units.

  • A current DBS enhanced disclosure certificate (currently £47.80)
  • CACHE core text book
  • A willingness to travel to your placements (this may on occasion involve two bus journeys)
  • Stationery
  • A college polo shirt for work placement

Old Mill Lane campus
Church Street
S70 2AX

On completion of this programme, you could apply for further training on a Level 2 childcare course or an apprenticeship programme.

How much does the course cost?

16 – 18 year olds

Full-time Barnsley College students aged 16-18 years old do not have to pay tuition fees.

19+ Students

Aged 19 or over and thinking about further education?

You may be eligible for free or reduced course fees . Please refer to our page ‘paying for your course.’

Extra information

For further information please contact our friendly Information Team on +44 (0)1226 216 123 or email info@barnsley.ac.uk

Barnsley College has a range of sports opportunities for all students to take part in, gain professional training and compete nationally and internationally. We also have a state-of-the-art fitness village, Honeywell Sports Village where students can make use of our fitness suite, spinning studio and classes for competitive rates. You don’t have to be studying sport to get involved in the Sports Academy.

Our Additional Learning Support team can provide you with the support you need. Please contact them on +44 (0)1226 216 769.

Having good English and Maths qualifications are important for most careers and we want to give you the help you need to succeed.

If you are aged 16 – 19 and don’t already have a grade C/4 or above in GCSE English and Maths they will automatically be included in your study programme. If you want to work towards higher grades in English and Maths we can help you do that too.

Need a higher level Maths qualification? We offer a Level 3 Mathematical Studies (Core Maths).

This can be added to your study programme.

If you need any further information, please contact our friendly Information Team.

Please note we reserve the right to change details without notice. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

An Introduction to Caring for Children Level 1 Full-time

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