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Level: 1

Location: Ilkeston

Years: 1

Interview: Y

Course Summary

With a key focus on children's settings, care and development, this course is suitable for you if you want to continue into training for a caring role with children. It is also helpful if you are unsure about your future direction and want to find out about caring work with adults in the health and social care sector too.   


Entry requirements

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

  • A minimum of grade 2 in English Language and Maths
  • A range of other grade 2 GCSEs
  • At least two grade 3s in any subject

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

Topics and units include:

  • Awareness of working with others
  • Children and young people's development
  • Healthy lifestyles
  • Person-centred support
  • Self-development

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 build a portfolio of your work and will be assessed through a variety of methods including completing booklets, designing posters, creating displays, making resources, 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.

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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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