1Course Overview

CACHE Level 1 Diploma in Caring for Children

Course code: CACHE018

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Kick-start your career working with children, from home!

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 are skills are covered. 

As well as providing an excellent knowledge base in caring for children, this Level 1 CACHE course is ideal for:

  • Students who want to achieve a nationally recognised qualification in Caring for Children
  • Improving your CV and boosting your career prospects
  • Those aspiring to achieve a career working in a childcare setting

The CACHE Level 1 Diploma in Caring for Children course enables you to:

  • Improve on your knowledge and skills from the CACHE Level 1 Certificate in Caring for Children
  • Develop your knowledge of children’s growth and development up to 6 years, and gain an appreciation of the wider context in which child care practitioners work 
  • Gain a nationally recognised qualification to kick-start your career

What's more, you will now be entitled to FREE access to the CACHE Alumni for 2 years when you enrol on your course. 

Discounts on selected courses - Until 28th May
2Course Content

Course Content

Unit 1: Growth and development of young children

(F/601/3408, Unit Level: 2, GLH: 18 hours; Credits: 2)

  • 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
Unit 2: Practical health and safety when with young children

(H/602/2389, Unit Level: 1, GLH: 27 hours; Credits: 3)

  • 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
Unit 3: Respecting and valuing children

(M/601/0116, Unit Level: 1, GLH: 18 hours; Credits: 2)

  • 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
Unit 4: Understanding learning and development through play

(A/504/0211, Unit Level: 1, GLH: 27 hours; Credits: 3)

  • 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
Unit 5: Confidence Building for the Young Child Through Play 

(T/601/3406, Unit Level: Entry Level 3, GLH: 30, Credits: 3) 

  • 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 
Unit 6: Sharing Learning Experiences with Children

(Y/601/0109, Unit Level: 1, GLH: 36, Credits: 4) 

  • The different ways that youn 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 
Unit 7: Self-development

(A/600/3735, Unit Level: 2, GLH: 24, Credits: 3)

  • Why self-development and interest is important 
  • How self-development contributes to personal achievement 
  • Encouraging self-development, weaknesses and strengths 
Unit 8: Science Activities for Young Children 

(D/602/2388, Unit Level: 1, GLH: 27, Credits: 3)

  • 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
Unit 9: Technology Activities for Young Children 

(R/602/2386, Unit Level: 1, GLH: 18, Credits: 2)

  • 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 
Unit 10: Musical Activities for Young Children 

(D/602/2391, Unit Level: 1 GLH: 18, Credits: 2)

  • 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
Unit 11: Children's Play and Leisure Activities

(T/601/0117, Unit Level: 1 GLH: 27, Credits: 3)

  • 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 
Unit 12: Safeguarding the Welfare of Children and Young People

(K/601/3323, Unit Level: 2 GLH: 20, Credits: 3)

  • 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 
Unit 13: Preparing for Your Next Steps

(L/601/0110, Unit Level: 1 GLH: 36, Credits: 4)

  • 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
Unit 14: Investigating a Vocational Area

(T/600/3250, Unit Level: 2 GLH: 16, Credits: 2)

  • 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
3Other Information

Assessment

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 through 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 Outcomes

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

CACHE became part of NCFE in 2015.

CACHE (the Council of Awards in Care, Health and Education) are the UK's leading awarding organisation for the childcare and social care sectors, and are part of the RQF (Regulated Qualifications Framework) which ensures the highest level quality courses and industry recognised qualifications.

Once you have enrolled on your CACHE course, you will be entitled to access the CACHE Alumni Membership for 2 years. Please contact our Student Support team for further information on 0330 563100. CACHE Alumni is a Professional Membership Network for those who work in the CACHE industries, providing valuable resources and advice for professional studying towards/with a CACHE qualification.

4Q&As

Your Questions Answered

What are the requirements needed to enrol onto this course?

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

Is there a time limit for the completion of this course?

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.

What is included in the cost of the course?
  • Dedicated personal tutor support
  • Dedicated student support
  • Assignment marking and feedback
  • FREE CV writing service
  • FREE Totum discount card (formerly NUS Extra 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

Do I need to be working in a care role to enrol onto this course?

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

Are there any additional costs?

No. Everything you need is included in the price!

How do I get my work assessed?

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.

What happens if I lose my course pack?

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.

What if I still have questions?

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 Support Team a call on 03300 563 100 and they’ll do their best to help.

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For your finance application to be considered you must meet the following criteria:

  • Be over 18 years old
  • Be employed for at least 16 hours a week or retired and in receipt of a private or company pension. Certain state benefit schemes may also be considered.
  • Be a permanent UK resident with a 3 year address history
  • Have a good credit history with no late payments, debt relief orders or bankruptcies
  • Have a valid email address and can access it

Please note that meeting the above criteria does not guarantee finance acceptance.

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