Caring for Children (3249)

Replacement qualification (4333)

About these qualifications

Get started in a childcare career with the Award or Certificate in Caring for Children.

These qualifications help you develop the skills and knowledge you need to care for children. You'll cover topics like communicating with children, engaging children through activities, supporting learning and planning for the care of children's physical and emotional needs.

Who are they for

These introductory qualifications are for anyone thinking about starting a career in childcare. You'll likely need short-term access to work experience or a volunteer placement. You may be a young learner (under 16) or an adult.

General Information

Available in following countries

  • England
  • Wales
  • Scotland
  • Northern Ireland

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Information & documentation

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What's involved in delivering this course?

To deliver these childcare qualifications you'll need to provide your learners with a suitable learning environment and the resources they need. You must ensure that there is sufficient equipment in the centre to ensure learners have the opportunity to cover all the practical activities. Learners must have access to a short-term work placement or voluntary work to allow them to complete some of the practical activities.

You can choose how to deliver the course, but we encourage you to use practical activities or a work placement as a foundation for assessment.

Anyone over the age of 14 can take this qualification.

You'll assess learners using a portfolio of evidence. This can include assignments, case studies, projects, observations and expert witness testimony.

While delivering these qualifications, centres need to adhere to a set of principles and values designed to protect the wellbeing of children. These principles are outlined in the course handbook.

You can get fast-track approval if you offer any of the following:

  • Entry Level 3 Preparing for Work in the Care Sector (3595)
  • Level 2 or 3 Certificate in Children's Care, Learning and Development (3177)
  • Level 2 or 3 Award/Certificate in Work with Parents (3599)
  • Level 3 Award/Certificate in Safeguarding Children and Young People (3597)
  • Level 2 Certificate/Diploma in Playwork (6978).

To find all the resource requirements, download the qualification handbook from the centre documents section.

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For Learners

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What's involved in studying this course?

The qualifications cover a wide range of units in which to choose from. They cover areas such as Communication between children aged 0-3 years and adults, Communication skills with children, Respecting Children, Keeping children safe, Valuing children as individuals, Encouraging children to eat healthily, physical activities for children and Engaging children in a group activity.

For these childcare qualifications you'll learn in a group with your training provider.

You'll be assessed on a portfolio of evidence you build during the qualification. This evidence may be collected during practical assignments or projects or it may include observations and witness testimony from a work or volunteer placement.


Which level is right for me?

Entry Level 3
You're considering a career in childcare. You want to learn more about what childcare work involves and the personal qualities and skills you'll need to succeed in the industry.

Level 1
You're keen to work in the childcare sector. You want to gain the basic skills and knowledge for your first job in childcare, plus personal and work-related life skills that can help as you move into employment.

What careers can this lead to?

Achieving this qualification can help you work in a wide variety of roles where childcare is involved.

After completing the Entry Level 3 Award you can move on to the Level 1 Certificate.

Once you've completed the Certificate, you could advance in your childcare career by achieving one of these qualifications:

  • Level 2 Certificate in Children's Care, Learning and Development (3177)
  • Level 1 Certificate in Health and Social Care (3248)
  • Level 2 Certificate in Playwork (6978)
  • Level 2 Award in Work with Parents (3599).