Course overview

If you enjoy working with children and young people, this childcare course can help you learn employability skills to work in this area. Get skills for your CV and gain confidence providing care for children in various settings. This course covers a range of childcare situations. You can study childcare and education, babysitting, or parenting responsibilities. It can help you decide if a career in child care is right for you. This is the ideal course for you if you want to turn a babysitting side job into a career. It’s also helpful for new parents getting to grips with parenting.

Course description

During this childcare course, you will be able to choose units of study that interest you. Your tutor will be on hand to guide and advise you about the best options for your needs and preferences.

This course teaches you skills and knowledge in three areas: child nutrition, babysitting responsibilities, and child development. You can choose the units that interest you. Some options include safeguarding children, understanding the importance of play, and planning a healthy diet for a child.

This course takes around 160 hours to complete. It is a first step for learners with an interest in working with children up to the age of 5. This introductory child care course prepares you for further study.

This is a nested qualification. This means you can top up to an Award or Certificate by studying some additional units. After this course, you can progress to a Level 2 Certificate in an Introduction to Early Years Education and Care.

This course is for anyone who wants to learn about caring for children. If you are unsure whether this course is right for you, our staff would be happy to advise you.

You will produce reports, written questions, and case studies for your portfolio. Your tutor will guide you through the learning process and make sure any accessibility requirements you have are met.

You’ll need access to the internet to take this course as your tutor will upload useful materials to Canvas, the WEA’s digital learning platform.

Most of our courses are free for most of our learners. Please note that you need to reach the end of the enrolment process to see the discounts.

What financial support is available?

We don't want anything to stand in your way when it comes to bringing Adult learning within reach so if you need anything to support you to achieve your goals then speak to one of our education experts during your enrolment journey. Most of our courses are government funded but if you don't qualify or need alternative financial help to access them then let us know.

What other support is available?

All of our digital content, teaching and learning activities and assessments are designed to be accessible so if you need any additional support you can discuss this with the education experts during your enrolment journey and we will do all we can to make sure you have optimal access.

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