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Level: 1

Location: Ilkeston

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 should also provide 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
  • Safeguarding
  • Growth and development of young children

You will also work towards a maths and English qualification with the support of dedicated tutors.

In addition, you will attend regular work experience to gain confidence, skills and experience in a work environment.

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 will need pens, paper and a folder to store your notes and work.

What can I do after this course?

Further study
If you attend well, complete your work placement and deliver your work to a high standard (including passing your maths and English), you may be able to progress to the Level 2 Certificate: Introduction to Working with Children.
This course may also help you progress to other non-childcare courses.
The skills and knowledge you gain on the course are transferable and can support you in a wide range of job areas.


This course is run at the Ilkeston Campus

About Ilkeston »

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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