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Level: 1

Location: The RoundHouse

Years: 1

Interview: Y

Course Summary

This qualification encourages an understanding of the knowledge and skills needed to care for young children. Covering everything from craft activities to children’s growth and development, it prepares you for your next step – either in training or moving towards a childcare career. 

Entry requirements

All applicants are assessed on an individual basis and an interview is essential. You will need:

  • A minimum of grade D (grade 3) or above in English Language
  • An additional three GCSEs graded E (grade 2) or above

You will also need evidence of good attendance, punctuality, self-motivation and a positive attitude to study, and will need to provide two references.

Course Content

Units include:

  • Craft activities for young children
  • Practical health and safety with young children
  • Healthy living
  • Self development
  • Growth and development of young children

To support your main study programme, future progression and life skills, you will also study and develop your maths and English skills.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed through a variety of methods including completing booklets, designing posters, creating displays, and working together as a team.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

You need a ring binder, pen and paper.

There may also be educational visits across the year which involve a payment. 

What can I do after this course?

Further study

The credits gained from this award can be used to progress to further NCFE CACHE childcare qualifications and the course is an ideal stepping stone to future learning and training.


The abilities and knowledge you gain on the course are transferable to a wide range of job areas.



This course is run at the Roundhouse Campus

About the Roundhouse »

Harli-Marie Richards

Harli-Marie Richards

Exploring the rewards of a childcare career

Taking children to see piglets and new-born lambs is all part of a day’s work for nursery practitioner Harli-Marie Richards. Having completed her childcare apprenticeship, Harli-Marie was taken on permanently by Derby College’s Little Explorers nursery at Broomfield Hall campus.

Before embarking on her apprenticeship, Harli-Marie took A-levels but had no interest in university. She spotted the nursery opportunity and hasn’t looked back since. She worked towards an advanced NVQ qualification while undertaking on-the-job training.

It’s a great job and I love the fact that the children are free to enjoy the outdoor space. Little Explorers is special and I can’t imagine any other nursery quite like ours. I definitely see my longterm career in nursery care – and I applied straight away when a permanent role became available at Little Explorers.
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