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 one unit from Group M – Mandatory worth a minimum of 3 credits and at least one further unit worth a minimum of 3 credits from either Group M or Group O1 – Optional units: Childcare.
Learners may complete 3 or more credits from Group O1 – Optional Units: Childcare.
Digital Skills for Work
Growth and Development of Young Children
Infection Prevention and Control
Introduction to the Physical Care of Babies and Young Children
Physical Activities for Children
Practical Health and Safety when with Young Children
Respecting and Valuing Children
Social, Emotional and Psychological Development of Young Children
The Value of Play for Babies and Young Children
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.
• young people on traineeships who are working at level 1 and are seeking a short, focused qualification in the sector in which they wish to work/gain an apprenticeship, as part of the work preparation training element of a traineeship.
• learners of any age who have been disengaged with learning and need a short introduction at level 1 before progressing straight to a larger certificate or diploma at level 2.
What skills, knowledge, or understanding does this qualification develop?
This qualification provides an introductory set of knowledge and skills, relevant to childcare. The choice of mandatory units includes:
• Working in Early Years Settings
• Communicating with Children
How is this qualification different from other, similar qualifications?
This qualification is part of a suite which includes an Award, Certificate and Diploma. 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 2 qualification, as illustrated in the target learner profiles provided above.
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?
The learners can progress to a level 2 certificate or diploma in Childcare, including qualifications such as Child Development and Care, Caring for Children and Young People, Health and Social Care.
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.
Learning Aims Search
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