Childcare – Caring for Children Level 1 Certificate (CACHE)
What is this course about?
This course is designed to stimulate interest and encourage student’ understanding of the skills required to care for children. Personal/Social development and Functional Skills are studied as part of this qualification. This qualification will support the student in preparing for their next steps.
2 GCSEs at grade E or above including
English and ideally Maths. Entry Level
3, or another relevant Entry Level
qualification. You will have a preinduction
interview/assessment to make
sure this is the right level for you. All
learners will need to have a clear CRB
prior to the start of the course and will be
required to purchase a uniform.
Childcare – Caring for Children Level 1 Certificate (CACHE)
How is it taught
There will be a range of learning opportunities to meet the needs of all learners. This will be a combination of discussions, practical sessions and written work.
How will I be assessed?
Work will be assessed in a variety of ways including discussions, producing information leaflets and completing written tasks.
What else do I need to know?
In this course, you will begin to find out about how babies and children grow and develop during their early years, and you will have the opportunity to get some practical experience within a childcare setting. You will also study English and Maths Functional Skills, as well as personal and social development. You will be expected to purchase and wear a uniform and have a clear DBS check.
You will normally have to pay for course items such as stationary, books and equipment. Some courses have placements or visits, which may have costs attached. If you need information on any financial support that may be available to help you with fees or study costs for this course please contact the Student Assistance Team on 01782 603604
What could I do next?
This qualification will not lead directly into employment but it will help you progress on to a Level 2 qualifications such as the Certificate in Early Years Education and Care.
Primary and nursery education teaching professionals
Primary (and middle school deemed primary) and nursery education teaching professionals plan, organise and provide instruction to children at all levels up to the age of entry into secondary education.
- Assists with or plans and develops curriculum and rota of teaching duties.
- Discusses progress with student, parents and/or other education professionals.
- Supervises teaching assistants and trainees.
- Undertakes pastoral duties.
- Teaches simple songs and rhymes, reads stories and organises various activities to promote language, social and physical development.
- Supervises students and maintains classroom discipline.
- Maintains records of students.
- Prepares students for external examinations and administers and invigilates these examinations.
- Prepares, assigns and corrects exercises and examinations to record and evaluate students.
- Prepares and delivers courses and lessons in accordance with curriculum requirements and teaches a range of subjects.
Special needs education teaching professionals
Special needs education teaching professionals organise and provide instruction at a variety of different levels to children who have emotional, behavioural or learning difficulties or physical disabilities. These professionals may also work with exceptionally gifted pupils.
- Discusses student.
- Updates and maintains students.
- Liaises with other professionals, such as social workers, speech and language therapists and educational psychologists.
- Supervises students in classroom and maintains discipline.
- Prepares, assigns and corrects exercises to record and evaluate students progress.
- Encourages the student to develop self-help skills to circumvent the limitations imposed by their disability.
- Develops and adapts conventional teaching methods to meet the individual student.
- Gives instruction, using techniques appropriate to the student.
- Assesses student.
- Creates a safe, stimulating and supportive learning environment for students.
Nursery nurses and assistants
Nursery nurses and assistants care for children from birth up to seven years of age in day or residential nurseries, children’s homes, maternity units and similar establishments.
- Communicates with parents and colleagues on children.
- Writes reports on children.
- Reads stories, organises counting games to help develop language and number skills.
- Plans and organises games and other activities and supervises children.
- Supervises young children at mealtimes.
- Baths, dresses, prepares feed for and feeds babies, changes babies clothing whenever necessary.
Childminders and related occupations
Childminders and related occupations provide day-to-day care of children within a domestic setting, and supervise and participate in their play, educational and other activities.
- Complies with regulations set by OFSTED and their inspection requirements.
- Maintains appropriate records of children.
- Takes older children to and from school.
- Takes children to participate in play groups or on appropriate outings.
- Provides, supervises and participates in children.
- Mends, washes and irons children.
- Plans, prepares and serves children.
- Changes babies.
- Assists children to wash and dress.
Playworkers deliver and facilitate play opportunities for children in a range of formal and informal settings including play groups, play schemes, free play locations, and in pre- and after-school activities.
- Liaises with parents, carers and colleagues and keeps appropriate records.
- Puts away equipment and cleans premises after use.
- Organises and supervises children.
- Organises and supervises children on excursions.
- Encourages children.
- Provides play areas and prepares materials for a wide range of children.
- Supervises children.
Teaching assistants assist teachers with their day-to-day classroom work and with routine administrative tasks.
- Helps with outings and other out-of-classroom activities.
- Makes simple teaching aids and constructs thematic displays of educational material or children.
- Assists children with washing or dressing for outdoor and similar activities.
- Listens to children read, reads to them or tells stories.
- Looks after lesson materials such as paper, pencils and crayons.
- Assists teacher with preparation or clearing up of classroom.
Educational support assistants
Educational support assistants work with teachers to provide one-to-one support for children with particular learning needs.
- Provides feedback to teachers and completes and maintains records.
- Attends to child.
- Helps and encourages child to communicate.
- Implements care programmes, as appropriate.
- Identifies signs of distress and offers reassurance.
- Helps child understand instruction through a variety of means and encourages self-confidence and independence.
- Supports schoolwork under teacher.
Houseparents and residential wardens
Houseparents and residential wardens are responsible for the care and supervision of children, young offenders and the elderly within residential homes and nurseries, schools or institutions for young offenders.
- Keeps records and writes reports.
- Maintains contact and discusses problems/progress with other staff and social workers.
- Establishes and maintains contact with members of the neighbouring community and/or the residents.
- Provides one-to-one counselling or group therapy.
- Ensures that all material needs of residents are provided and endeavours to resolve any problems that they may have.
- Plans and participates in games and leisure activities to encourage emotional, social, physical and intellectual development.
- Creates friendly, secure atmosphere and tries to gain the trust and confidence of those in the home or under supervision.
School midday and crossing patrol occupations
Workers in this unit group supervise the activities of school children during break and meal times and assist children to cross roads near to the entrances of schools.
- Directs children to cross the road when safe.
- Signals approaching traffic to stop by using hand signals and school crossing signs.
- Waits for a safe gap in traffic and walks to the centre of road.
- Meets children wanting to cross the road and directs them to wait at the kerb.
- Assists young children with feeding, dressing, washing and toiletry activities.
- Cares for sick children and administers first aid if necessary.
- Supervises the playground activities of children during meal and break times.