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CACHE Level 1 Award in Caring for Children

Course code: CACHE005

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

CACHE (The Council for Awards in Care, Health and Education) qualifications specialise in the care and education sector and are the leading industry specialists. This course has been developed by experts, which ensures everything that employers need is 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
  • Want to go onto further vocational training and placement opportunities
  • Those aspiring to achieve a career in a day care centre, nursery or pre-school childcare setting.

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

  • Gain an understanding of the skills required to care for young children, from birth up to the age of 6 years
  • Develop your knowledge of children’s growth and development and gain an appreciation of the wider context in which childcare 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 27th August
Course 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
Other Information

Assessment

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

Course Duration

This course will take approximately 80-90 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 Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the course you will achieve an NCFE CACHE Level 1 Award 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.

Q&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 as this is a knowledge only qualification.

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 Award 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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This course is great

The level 1 award in caring for children is excellent. It's a hard course to achieve a qualification in, but this course is great. 

- Suzanne Linskaill

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