Caring for Children - Level 1 Certificate (Full-Time)

Level 1 - 4 GCSEs or NVQ Level 1 or Equivalent

Subject Area Childcare

School Health, Childcare, Business and Science

Attendance Full-Time


This course is a one year course for learners who would like an introduction to childcare and develop an awareness of the types of provision and jobs available in the Childcare sector.

This qualification is designed to stimulate interest and encourage the learners understanding of the skills and knowledge needed to care for young children.

Learners will study a mixture of vocational and personal and social development units, as well as the opportunity to improve English and Maths qualifications.

This course runs on the following dates:

Start Date: 03/09/2018 at 09:00
Duration: 1 Year
Venue: Rye Hill Campus

Who the course is for

Young people who are considering a career in education, or young children.

Learners who are interested in developing their English and Maths skills at the same time as learning about the childcare sector

Qualification Gained

CACHE level 1 Certificate in Caring for Children

How to Apply


Click on the "Apply for this course" button at the bottom of this page.

In Person

Come along to our Student Services Office, located within Armstrong Building. Alternatively, visit an Open Event at our Rye Hill Campus, click here for dates and times.


You can download an application here and post it FREE to:

Newcastle College
Rye Hill Campus
Scotswood Road
Newcastle upon Tyne

Alternatively call 0191 200 4000 and we will send you an application form.

Course Content

Learners will study:

  • Human growth and development
  • Respecting and valuing children
  • Children's play and leisure activities in the community
  • Practical health and safety when with young children
  • Craft activities for young children
  • Safeguarding the welfare of children and young people
  • Healthy living
  • Healthy living for families
  • Interview skills
  • Dealing with challenges
  • Developing self
  • Managing own money
  • Personal and social relationships
  • Contributing to a team
  • Preparing for your next step

Functional Skills, including Maths and English are compulsory part of this programme. Maths and English form part of every programme of study for students who have yet to secure a GCSE grade C or above, in these subjects. This will enhance job and career opportunities, and where appropriate, progression to higher education.

A block placement week will be offered during the summer term to suitable learners. 

Learning Methods

The course will be studied and assessed using a variety of methods such as written assignments, peer presentations, interviews, discussions, posters, booklets.  These will create a portfolio of evidence to show completion of your studies.

Exams will be part of the English and Maths programmes.

Assessment Methods

  • Creation of portfolio of evidence
  • Placement Observation
  • Exams for English and Maths

Progression Opportunities

On completion of all aspects of the programme of study including a satisfactory placement attendance and report and having shown commitment through good attendance and behaviour in college, it may be possible to progress onto the level 2 Certificate in Early Year's Educator or Health and Social Care level 2. 

Entry requirements can change with Government requirements of the sector.

Career Opportunities

Not applicable at this level - this does not give learners a licence to practice.

Entry Requirements

  • 4 GCSE's Grades E-G. Including English & Maths
  • Subject to DBS clearance

Students will be required to participate in summer school keeping warm activities and assessments.

Students may be redirected to another programme if this one is not suitable. Students will also have to complete a satisfactory induction period and programme of study.

Further Information

If you have a query about this course or would like advice on your study options, contact Student Services, based in Armstrong House at Rye Hill Campus. If you need information in another format (e.g. large print) or another language, please ask.

Student Services
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday: 8.30am - 4.30pm
Wednesday and Friday: 9.30am - 4.30pm

Monday - Friday: 8am - 4.30pm

Telephone Contact Centre
Monday - Thursday: 8.30am - 5pm
Friday: 8.30am - 4.30pm

You can also contact us via the following:

In person: Student Services, Armstrong House, Rye Hill Campus, Scotswood Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE4 7SA.
By phone: (0191) 200 4000 By fax: (0191) 200 4517 By minicom: (0191) 272 3304
By e-mail:
By post: Student Services, Newcastle College, FREEPOST NT920, Scotswood Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE4 7SA (you do not need a stamp). 

Course Costs

Course cost of  £55

This is used to support aspects of the course such as educational visits and activities linked to learning.

Additional Course Costs

16 to 18s

Tuition is free for learners aged 16 to 18. A learner will continue to be eligible for free tuition for the duration of their qualification, this includes Year 2 of a qualification if the learner was aged 16-18 when they started in Year 1. Additional financial support may also be available for full-time learners, please call our Student Services team on 0191 200 4000 for more information.

Please note, if you are applying from Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland you may be subject to different funding rules than students who live in England. Depending on your age and type of course you choose you may be liable for fees, even if you are under 19. Please contact Student Services on0191 200 4000 to discuss your eligibility with a Student Adviser.