Caring For Children (CACHE Level 1)

Accredited course - interview required.

Course information sheet

Fees: Standard £ 768 Conc £0 Full £2079 * Enrol online for standard fee payers only

Day Time Weeks Centre Start End Code Enroll
Friday 09:30 - 14:30 12 MAC 20/09/2019 13/12/2019 CC1025

What will the course cover?

This course will stimulate interest and encourage your understanding of the skills required to care for children. The qualifications cover a wide range of units from which to choose. They cover areas such as Communication between children aged 0-3 years and adults; Communication skills with children; Respecting Children; Keeping children safe; Valuing children as individuals; Encouraging children to eat healthily; physical activities for children and Engaging children in a group activity.

Who is the course for?

These qualifications help you develop the skills and knowledge you need to care for children. You'll cover topics like communicating with children, engaging children through activities, supporting learning and planning for the care of children's physical and emotional needs. These introductory qualifications are for anyone thinking about starting a career in childcare. You'll likely need short-term access to work experience or a volunteer placement.

What skills, knowledge or experience do I need to start this course?

There are no formal entry qualifications but you should be able to write and speak at Entry Level 3.

What should I be able to do by the end of the course?

You will be able to understand and put into practice the following: Human growth and Development from Birth to Old Age; Healthy Eating and Living; Health & Safety practices in Home and Group Settings; Care of Children; Play and Practical activities for Children; Orientation to work programme. For further information log on to the CACHE website

How is the course organised?

The course will consist of 4.5 hours per week for 32 weeks and you will learn within a group. Classroom teaching, one afternoon per week basic skills, one-day per week work placement, one-to-one tutorials as required. Each term will advance the level of the course from Award to Diploma. You only need to enrol once and will be automatically added to each following term.

What extra study or practice is expected outside of the class?

To gain the maximum benefit, you should read recommended books and websites, and review the topics covered during the class each week. You should research unit topics, and work on sections of your assignments after each class session. Computer access is available at Study Support sessions at Macbeth Centre. Candidates will be expected to undertake additional study in their own time and complete assignments, including weekly Learning Journals. Homework will be set by your tutor, and assignments as set by CACHE will need to be researched and submitted by deadline dates as set by the tutor.

How will my progress be assessed?

Portfolio, Feedback and Marked assignments including ongoing self-assessment (Learning Journal). The qualification will be assessed by a combination of written assignments and presentations.

What can I expect to go on to after this course?

Throughout the year, learners will be able to progress on to the Certificate and Diploma levels of the qualification. You may want to do some short supplementary courses, such as an employability course to assist you in updating and refining your CV. Upon completion learners may progress onto: Level 2 Certificate Early Years Educator; Level 2 Certificate in Health & Social Care Level 2; Certificate in Supporting Teaching & Learning.

Are there any other costs and what do I need to bring?

All assessment and registration costs are included in the course fee, and we will provide stationery as needed. The recommended text and materials will be given to you when you start the course. You will be responsible for your Disclosure & Barring Services check (formerly referred to as CRB).

What support is available?

There will be tutorials for each student per term. Relevant books will be given to you and periodicals may be available from your local Library Service. You may wish to get additional help and guidance offered through the free Study Support Sessions at the Macbeth Centre. At these sessions you can access the internet, work on and print homework and assignments for your course, research, access a range of software, improve your typing and practice/review what you have covered in class. You will need to book a place on these sessions – ask your tutor how. Help with literacy or numeracy is available through the basic education programme and the ESOL programme offers help for speakers of other languages. Additional support can be provided for students with learning difficulties and/or disabilities. If you have a disability and feel you need support to get the best from your course you can contact Sean Buckley ( to have a confidential discussion on how best we can support your learning. The Learner Support Fund is a discretionary scheme, funded by the Skills Funding Agency, to assist learners who may be experiencing difficulties in paying for essential equipment/materials, travel costs, childcare, registration fees and other necessary expenses. These funds are only available to learners studying towards an approved qualification and who are on a low household income of under £20,000. Parental income will not be taken into consideration but the income of any spouse or partner will. Proof of low income will be required. Please discuss this with your tutor at interview or enquire at reception for full details of these funds. Details of all available support can be found on our website (, in the Guide and the Student handbook, or from teaching or reception staff.