CACHE Level 1 Diploma in Caring for Children

Course code: CACHE018

Achieve a recognised qualification in childcare. Learn from your own environment…

  • Achieve a nationally recognised CACHE qualification in Caring for Children.
  • Improve on your knowledge and skills from the CACHE Level 1 Certificate in Caring for Children.
  • Understand children’s growth and development up to 6 years, and of the wider context in which childcare practitioners work.
  • FREE access to the CACHE Alumni for 2 years.
Course overview

As well as providing an excellent knowledge base in caring for children, this Level 1 CACHE course is ideal for students looking to improve their CV, boost their career prospects and achieve a career working in a childcare setting.

Course Duration

Up to 1 year.

Study Hours

Approx. 300-350 hours.

Course Outcome

NCFE CACHE Level 1 Diploma in Caring for Children.


Tutor-marked assignments.

Course content
  • Patterns and stages of growth for children from birth to 5 years 11 months
  • Factors which influence growth and development from birth to 5 years 11 months
  • Importance of diet and exercise for children’s growth and development
  • Activities which promote children’s physical development
  • Ways to help children to develop communication and language skills
  • Ways to encourage children to play socially
  • Health and safety guidance, symbols or instructions on young children’s equipment and toys
  • Health and safety instructions on cleaning materials which may be found in a house
  • Health and safety rules, guidelines or instructions when taking children out into the street and to the park
  • Potential hazards to young children in the home
  • Safety features to ensure young children stay safe in the home
  • Safety equipment or controls which help to keep young children safe when going out for a walk, when in a car and when in a children’s playground
  • Fire safety equipment that is recommended to be in a house
  • Possible fire hazards to young children and adults in a house
  • Own actions to maintain a young child’s safety if there was fire in the house
  • Ways to value children as individuals
  • Reasons why children need to be respected as individuals
  • Ways to communicate with children to ensure that they feel valued
  • Behaviour that shows respect and value of children
  • Organisations that promote the rights of children
  • Features of a setting that contribute to a positive learning environment
  • How these features might help children to learn through the use of play activities and strategies
  • Ways in which play can help children’s learning in developmental areas
  • Example of stereotyping in play
  • How a given set of materials, resources or activities can challenge stereotyping and discrimination
  • Understand the support children need to gain confidence when playing
  • Activities that will help improve a young child's confidence
  • Learn to encourage expression through play
  • How interaction and play can build self-esteem
  • Activities that will help children to express their feelings
  • The different ways that young children learn
  • Understanding the importance of identifying the different ways of learning
  • Sensory aids to develop the learning of young children
  • How to encourage children to take part
  • Ways in which the natural world can support learning
  • Why self-development and interest is important
  • How self-development contributes to personal achievement
  • Encouraging self-development, weaknesses and strengths
  • Recommend science activities for young children of different ages
  • Understand why science activities support learning
  • Learn the health and safety risks with science activities
  • Help and advise young children with science activities
  • Recognise activities and toys within technology for young children
  • Understand which technology activities are suitable for each age range
  • Identify intellectual, physical and language benefits of technology activities
  • Creative musical activities and games for young children
  • Understand which musical activities are suitable for each age range
  • Identify benefits of musical activities
  • Encourage interaction within musical games and activities
  • Know about the available play and leisure activities for children in the community
  • List places that provide play and leisure activities for children in the community
  • Understand the benefits of play and leisure activities
  • Know the supporting role played by adults within play and leisure activities
  • Encourage involvement in play and leisure activities
  • Identify specific requirements for children with special needs or disabilities
  • Know the guidelines and procedures for when working with children
  • Describe the different roles involved in safeguarding
  • Identify common symptoms for illness and injury
  • Understand the correct procedures for handling illness and injury
  • Recognise circumstances when emergency action is to be taken
  • Plan personal career goals
  • Identify paths and obstacles in achieving these goals
  • Recognise opportunities for employment and progression
  • Understand personal skills required for training and employment
  • Know what to put on your CV or personal statement
  • Identify main steps to recruitment
  • Identify personal interests in a specific vocational area
  • Recognise skills required to succeed in certain vocational areas
  • Know how a candidate can meet specifications of a role
  • Develop personal skills for a specific job role
  • Assess personal areas for development
Extra info


This course is assessed through a series of assignments which are submitted to your tutor for marking. No external examination is required, so you can complete all assessments from home.

Course Duration

This course will take approximately 300-350 hours to complete. Students will receive a full year to complete the course, which is a lot more time than you will need. This allows you to work at your own pace, without the pressure of tight deadlines.

Study Method

You will study this course by distance learning, which will enable you to learn when and where you want. You can study from home or at work; it is completely up to you. All your materials will be posted or emailed to you online, whichever you choose. You will also receive our tutor support by email, so help is only a click away!

Course Outcome

Upon successful completion of the course you will achieve an NCFE CACHE Level 1 Diploma in Caring for Children.

Awarding Body

CACHE became part of NCFE in 2015.

CACHE (The Council for Awards in Care, Health and Education) are the leading industry specialists in providing qualifications that specialise in the care and education sector. This course has been developed by experts to ensure that all requirements and skills are covered.

Once you have enrolled on your CACHE course, you will be entitled to access the CACHE Alumni Membership for 2 years. CACHE Alumni is a Professional Membership Network for those who work in the CACHE industries, providing valuable resources and advice for professional studying towards or with a CACHE qualification.


There are no formal entry requirements for this qualification, however you must be at least 14 years of age.

You may start at any time and have a full year to complete your studies. It is truly flexible and is designed to be adaptable around your lifestyle and other commitments.

  • Dedicated personal tutor support
  • Dedicated student support
  • Assignment marking and feedback
  • FREE CV critique service
  • FREE employability guide to help you impress future employers
  • FREE XO Student Discounts card
  • FREE CACHE Alumni Membership for 2 years
  • *Comprehensive study guide
  • *Exclusive Open Study College pen and highlighter
  • *Student study planner
  • *Student notebook
  • *Document wallet

* Not included with the online study option

You do not need to be working to enrol onto this course.

No. Everything you need is included in the price!

You will send your work to your personal course tutor for them to mark and return to you. On successful completion of the course you will be awarded your Level 1 Diploma in Caring for Children certification.

It's not a problem. We offer a course replacement service, so if you get into trouble and your course pack is lost or damaged, our Student Support Team can provide you with a new set of materials for a one-time additional fee.

That's not a problem. We want to make sure you’re 100% confident about enrolling on the course and starting your study. So, just give our Student Adviser Team a call on 03300 563 100 and they’ll do their best to help.

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