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Introduction to Care and Childcare (Level 1)

Childcare students at Central Bedfordshire College (CBC)


Introduction to Care and Childcare (Level 1)

The Level 1 Diploma in Introduction to Health and Social Care (Adults and Children and Young People), Early Years and Childcare is suitable for learners who want to work in the health and social care and early years and childcare sectors.

This qualification will develop the knowledge and awareness of the types of provision in the Health, Social Care and Children’s and Young People’s sectors. They include the roles played by workers – from principles and values through to health and safety and working with others.

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Course information

Need to know

Entry requirements


3 GCSEs grades 9-1 and a keen interest in the subject.  Other relevant levels of qualification or experience will be considered.

What qualification will I gain?

Diploma in Introduction to  Care and Childcare Level 1.

How will I be assessed?

The course will be assessed using a range of methods. This could include tasks such as designing charts or leaflets, coursework, methods such as oral questioning and presentations or community projects.

Course content

What will I study?


You will study:


The Level 1 Care and Childcare Course offers a thorough introduction to the key concepts, skills, and behaviours necessary for effective caregiving and childcare. The curriculum is designed to provide a solid foundation, preparing you for further education’

Some of the concepts you will explore and study:

  • Overview of the care industry and childcare sector.
  • Roles and responsibilities of caregivers and childcare workers.
  • Ethical principles and professional standards.
  • Communication Skills; Active listening, empathy, and conflict resolution
  • Understanding safeguarding principles and procedures.
  • Stages of physical, cognitive, and emotional development.
  • Recognizing and supporting developmental milestones.

What skills will I gain?

Our Level 1 Care and Childcare Course is tailored  to build a strong foundation in both general caregiving and childcare. This course provides the essential skills and behaviours needed to excel in various caregiving settings.

We will help you explore and develop your life and general skills to enable you to become a confident practitioner and a student that is  ready for their next steps.

Next steps

Course progression:

On successful completion of the course it provides progression to Level 2 qualifications in health and social care or early years

Career progression:

The course provides opportunities for the development of transferable skills into entry level employment in some areas of the care sector.

Additional information

A mandatory payment for compulsory trips and events  that support your learning will be required at the start of your course. This will be a maximum of £75.

Any questions?

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

Available Courses
Bedford College
Starts: 09/09/2024
Type: Full Time
Length: 1 year
Day(s): Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
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Fees: 16-18 Yrs: Fully Funded 19+ Yrs: Fully Funded*

Whilst every effort is made to ensure the information on the Website is correct, some details may be subject to change. The Bedford College Group reserves the right to make amendments to the courses, dates, fees or other details, and to make cancellations or changes if numbers are insufficient. In the unfortunate situation that we have to cancel a course we will refund your fees in full, but we regret we are not able to offer any refund if you withdraw from your course or fail to start, and you will be liable to pay any outstanding fees that may be due.

Funding Information

All full-time Level 1 and Level 2 courses are now FREE for everyone, whatever their age. If you are looking to study a Level 3 qualification, courses might still be free if you’re under 19 or 19-23 and studying your first full Level 3 qualification. Whether you need to pay a fee and how much will be dependent on the programme you choose to study. For more information call 0345 658 8990.

If you’re over 23 or studying a second Level 3 qualification, you will need to pay a fee. Find out more on our financial support page at: or view the Full-time Fee Flow Chart below.

If you are unsure whether you need to pay or not then please contact our Customer Contact team on 0345 658 8990.

Full-time Fee Flow Chart

If you are aged 19 or over you may qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan to help you pay the tuition fees for this course. You can also pay by instalments to help make the cost of this course more affordable.

Find out more

If you live in any of the following areas and wish to apply for or enrol onto one of our courses, please contact our Customer Contact team on 0345 658 8990 to check if your course is funded or not (Please note that if your course is not funded then you will pay a higher fee than what is listed, please contact our Customer Contact team for more information):

  • Cambridgeshire and Peterborough
  • Greater Manchester
  • Greater London
  • Liverpool City Region
  • Tees Valley
  • West of England
  • West Midlands
  • Sheffield
  • Newcastle Upon Tyne
  • Barnsley and Doncaster
  • West Yorkshire
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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.