Prepare for further learning or training and/or develop knowledge and/or skills in a subject area
Qualification Grading Type
Why choose this qualification?
We looked at our current Entry Level 3 and Level 1 offer in the Childcare sector and saw that there were a lot of units that needed indicative content added or in some cases other amendments to ensure that the Childcare qualifications offered by Gateway Qualifications remained up to date and desirable for centres to offer to their learners.
We carried out a review of a number of units that are currently in the ‘Skills for Childcare’ qualification suite. Several new units have been created and others have been updated to ensure that our qualifications are fit for purpose and support progression. We have added indicative content to existing and new units and, in some cases, have amended credit values and guided learning hours (GLH) in response to feedback from centres. For these reasons, we believe that our new ‘Childcare’ qualification suite supports the changes within the Childcare sector.
Rules of Combination
Learners must complete at least one unit from Group M – Mandatory worth a minimum of 3 credit and 3 further credits from Group M or Group O1 – Optional units - Childcare.
Learners must complete 2 or more credits from Group O1 – Optional Units.
Building Confidence Through Play
Effective Communication in Health and Social Care and Child Care
Engaging Children in a Group Activity
Equality and Inclusion in Health, Social Care and Children's and Young People's Settings
Health and Safety in Health, Social Care and Children's and Young People's Settings
Person-Centred Support in Health, Social Care and Children's and Young People's Settings
Planning a Healthy Diet
Planning for the Physical Care Needs of Children aged 0-3 years
Play Activities for Young Children
Play and Learning in the Home
Principles and Values in Health and Social Care, Adults and Children and Young People and Child Care
Protection and Safeguarding in Health and Social Care Adults and Children and Young People, Early Years and Childcare
Providing Support at Mealtimes
Providing a Safe and Hygienic Environment for a Young Child
Responsibilities of New Parents
Routines for a Young Child
Working with Colleagues
What is the purpose of this qualification?
The purpose of this qualification is to develop learners' understanding and knowledge in childcare and to support progression to the next level of vocational learning in childcare or related area. However it is anticipated that it will be of specific relevance to:
• unemployed adults needing to demonstrate their interest in and commitment to a particular vocational area to potential employers, particularly where further work-based training will be on offer.
• learners of any age who have been disengaged with learning and need a short introduction at Entry level before progressing straight to a larger certificate or diploma at level 1.
What skills, knowledge, or understanding does this qualification develop?
This qualification provides a basic, introductory set of knowledge and skills, relevant to childcare. Mandatory units include:
• Working in Early Years Settings
• Communicating with Children
• Growth and Development of Young Children
How is this qualification different from other, similar qualifications?
This qualification is part of a suite which includes an Award and Certificate. Learners should take the Award if they need only a small amount of focused learning in childcare before progressing to employment (with further training where possible) or to a Level 1 qualification.
Which sector does this qualification support?
This qualification could lead to an entry-level role in childcare such as nursery assistant, nanny, babysitter, playgroup assistant or creche assistant.
What are the progression options?
Learners can progress to a Level 1 certificate or diploma in Childcare, including Gateway Qualifications’ Level 1 Certificate and Diploma in Childcare.
Progression & entry requirementsLearners do not need any prior qualifications or a specific level of attainment to take this qualification. It is available to learners of any age.
There are now two main sources for funding information, a straightforward ESFA Qualification Search and the more detailed Find a Learning Aim website.
The new Find a learning aim (FALA) service provides a search tool that you can use to check the funding status of any qualification, framework, unit, standard or T Level:
The Education and Skills Funding Agency search provides funding information on qualifications. It does not provide funding information for units, non-regulated activity and work placements, for this information please use Find a learning aim (FALA).
How to find a learning aim
If you’re not sure how to use the new find a learning aim website, we’ve created a handy walkthrough to help you:
We have done our best to collate and summarise the key information, and wherever possible we alert our providers to changes in funding policy.
This funding information is provided in good faith and it is always advisable to check directly with the funding agencies before committing to delivery.