Course Overview

This qualification develops the basic skills needed to care for a baby or young child.

This course is suitable for anyone who wants to develop parenting skills, including those with special educational needs or where English is an additional language.

This course is offered on a full-time basis in College or on a part-time basis in the community

Course Structure

You will spend three days per week in College and will be required to attend a two-week (30 hours) placement in an appropriate setting usually in March or April. (Entry Level 1 is also offered in the community for mature learners who will be required to attend two hours per week)

The Award requires nine credits and the Certificate requires 18 credits. You can usually complete both the Award and then the Certificate in a year or less when taken as part of Foundation Learning.

Units include:

  • Confidence building for the young child through play
  • Listening to and talking with a young child
  • Providing a safe and hygienic environment for a young child
  • Play and learning in the home
  • Eating healthily
  • Contraception information
  • Respecting and valuing children
  • Children's play and leisure activities in the community.

Skills You Will Develop

  • Communication skills
  • Organisational skills
  • Caring skills
  • Playwork skills.

On completion of the course, you will be able to progress to a Level 1 Award in Caring for Children, Employability and Personal and Social Development or Access to Further Education.


  • You will gain valuable understanding for later in life when you have your own family
  • You will use the baby simulator       
  • You will be involved in fundraising activities and organised leisure activities.                                                                                   

Expect Also To

  • Complete additional qualifications eg Personal and Social Development, Ascentis, Mathematics and English
  • Take part in fund raising events eg Children in Need
  • Take part in enrichment activities eg drug awareness, health and well-being.


Things You May Need

  • Pens and pencils
  • Ring binder files
  • Notebooks.


Information, Advice and Support

Careers Guidance

Help with choosing the right course and with thinking about where this might take you in the future.
Email: [email protected]

Student Finance

Money matters - you may be entitled to financial support whilst you study.
Tel: 01274 088349.
Email: [email protected]

Learning Support

Support for applicants with a learning difficulty, disability, illness or other learning need.
Tel: 01274 088344
Email: [email protected]

For all other queries call 01274 088088

Tuition Fees

If you are aged 19+ and studying a Further Education Course at Bradford College, you may have to pay course fees. Course fees are dependent on the number of hours and which course is being taken. Actual costs can be obtained from our team.
Email: [email protected].