Care | Introduction to Childcare and Early Years Education | Level 1

Education and Training

Education and Training
Education and Training
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What will you be working towards?

Code FE0344-1C
Qualification Type Basic/Key Skill
Qualification Level Level 1
Course type Full Time


The Level 1 course enables you to gain valuable skills and work experience to progress onto further study and move towards the early years career of your choice.

Being on a Level 1 course, you will receive excellent help and support from experienced tutors and teaching assistants. Working in small classes, you will notice that your self-confidence and self-esteem will grow. Level 1 also boosts your social skills and ability to get on with a variety of different people. Your study programme will also include some supported English and Maths sessions and provide a first step towards gaining qualifications.

Our tutors have wide ranging experience which supports their teaching, including roles as school governors, early years teachers, nursery nurse/playgroup supervisors and first aid practitioners.

  • Fantastic links with local hospitals, schools and nurseries
  • Work placements provide practical experience
  • Inspirational guest speakers
  • High progression rate to employment


Course content

This course allows you to gain an introductory qualification and develop your skills to progress to a Level 2 course in Childcare or Health & Social Care. You will complete a work placement in your chosen area and the course content will reflect your area of interest.

All students gain valuable skills and confidence to progress onto further study.

Topics include:

  • Healthy living
  • Learning through play
  • Craft activities
  • Self development

Entry requirements

Start at Level 1 if you have at least 2 GCSEs at grade 2 (F) or above, preferably including English and maths. Plus, two references; one from working with children and an enhanced DBS. 

Your next steps...

After this course

After successful completion of Level 1, you can progress to Early Years or Health & Social Care Level 2 courses or a different programme of your choice.

Alternatively, you may want to seek employment or begin an apprenticeship.

Future careers:

  • Nursing
  • Healthcare support services
  • Care worker
  • Social worker
  • Childminder
  • Nursery practitioner