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Caring For Children Entry 3 Certificate (Pathways)

Care and Childcare Tresham College students


Caring For Children Entry 3 Certificate (Pathways)

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This course is an introduction to either our employment or vocational Pathway or a step up to join vocational courses within the mainstream provision in college. 

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Course information

Course content

This course will help learners gain an understanding of the knowledge and skills needed to care for young children. Learners will complete some sessions in our fully equipped nursery at College. 

Learners on this course will partake in a variety of practical and learning activities including: 

  • Studying Child Growth and Development 
  • Considering and following health and safety processes and procedures 
  • Learning about the importance of nutrition for children and ourselves 
  • Looking at elements of having a healthy lifestyle
  • Understanding the link between play and learning
  • Planning activities for children
  • Taking part in enterprise events
  • Exploring the different types of roles working with children (this course is a standalone course and does not confirm competence or licence to practice) 

Learners will also develop their functional skills alongside their vocational timetable by attending specific Maths and English sessions and having individualised targets in these areas. 

Learners attend College for three days each week, 9am – 4pm. Group sizes are usually around eight learners. 

Learners will be working on gaining an Entry level Certificate in Personal and Social skills OR Cache level 1 Diploma.  

Progress will be monitored using the RARPA process where personal targets will be set and regularly reviewed with the learner, parents, carers and other professionals. 

Learners on this course will take part in some observations on children and have some hands on experience. 

Next steps

As in all courses in College, there is a focus on progression and the course aims to prepare for their next step whether this is a further course  within the mainstream provision or join one of our employment pathways. 

Dependent on student meeting entry requirements 

Additional information

Coming to College is a full time commitment and you will need to ensure that you have factored in the cost of travelling to College and potentially to a local work placement. If you are concerned about this, please see what financial support is available .

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If you would like to find out more about this or other courses, please use our Livechat below, or email

Available Courses
Central Bedfordshire College Dunstable Main Campus
Starts: 09/09/2024
Type: Full Time
Length: 1 year
Day(s): Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
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Additional Learning Support

If you have a specific learning difficulty or disability, are deaf or hearing impaired, our Additional Learning Support team are on hand to give you assistance whenever you need it.


Any questions?

If you would like to find out more about this or other courses, please use our Livechat below, email or call us on 0345 658 8990.


We have access arrangements in place to help students with disabilities or any other particular needs. Call us on 01234 291000 or 01536 413123 for more information.


Additional formats

Course information sheets are also available in large print and audio formats. Call us on 01234 291000 to order your copy.