Caring for Children (3249)

  • Replacement qualification (4333)
Last Updated: 13 Dec 2012
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.
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.
Available in the following:
  • England
  • Wales
  • Scotland
  • Northern Ireland

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General Information

What Is 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).

What Is Involved With 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.

Entry 3

Entry Level 3 will suit you if 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.

You complete enough units at this level to give you at least six credits. Units are grouped into Entry Level 3 and Level 1, and you must take at least four credits from the Entry Level group. Entry Level units you can choose from include:

  • Communication between children aged 0-3 years and adults
  • Individual rights and responsibilities
  • Self-assessment.

The Level 1 units you can choose from are:

  • Planning for the physical and emotional care needs of children
  • Communication skills with children
  • Valuing children as individuals.

For a full list of units and to see their credit values, download the qualification handbook from the centre documents section.

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).

Caring for Children (3249-01)

Last Registration Date: 30 Jun 2013 Supportive services: Learning Assistant
Replacement qualification (4333)

Entry 3 Award in Caring for Children

  • Accreditation No: 500/7543/3 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: QCF This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: 6 Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: 60 - 60 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 30/06/2014 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Level 1

Level 1 will suit you if 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.

You complete enough units at this level to give you at least 13 credits. Units are grouped in to Entry Level 3, Level 1 and Level 2, and you must take at least seven credits from the Level 1 group.

The Level 1 units you can choose from include:

  • Engaging children in a group activity
  • Supporting the use of IT with children
  • Creative activities for young children
  • Musical experiences for children.

The Entry Level 3 units you can choose from are:

  • Communication between children aged 0-3 years and adults
  • Planning for the physical care needs of children aged 0-3 year
  • Respecting children.

The Level 2 units comprise:

  • Alternatives to paid work
  • Managing your own money
  • Self-assessment.

To see a full list of units and their credit values, download the qualification handbook from the centre documents section.

What Careers Can This Lead To?

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

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).

Caring for Children (3249-01)

Last Registration Date: 30 Jun 2013 Supportive services: Learning Assistant
Replacement qualification (4333)

Level 1 Certificate in Caring for Children

  • Accreditation No: 500/7526/3 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: QCF This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: 13 Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: 100 - 110 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 30/06/2014 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Additional information for centres

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