Working in Childcare

Working in Childcare can be a very rewarding and fun career to have. With the number of parents now having to work to support their families, the demand for people working in childcare is growing quickly.

When thinking of working in Childcare, you may only think of the obvious options such as working within a nursery or school, but there really are many other choices available, from being your own boss as a Childminder through to being a Nanny or Au Pair, there are plenty of options.

Once you have decided on the area of Childcare that you would like to work in, you’re next step is to find out what qualifications you are going to need. Even if you have a full degree, the chances are you will still need to do some more Childcare specific training to ensure you are correctly qualified to take care of children.

What Qualifications do I need for Working in Childcare?

The quickest way to check this would be a Google search, or you could get in touch with some Childcare Agencies and ask them what they expect candidates to hold as qualifications.

Usually, you will need at least a Level 3 qualification in Childcare from a recognised Awarding Body such as CACHE or Pearson Edexcel. These Diplomas are benchmarked and Ofqual approved and so will ensure you learn all the vital aspects of taking care of other peoples’ children.

The options for when and where you learn are usually flexible, with the option of studying online or at a college. If opting to learn online, it’s always worth seeing if you can do some voluntary work along side your learning so you get a hands on experience of the theory you are learning.

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Online Level 3 Award in Childcare and Education Frequently Asked Questions:

How do I study the course? Online. Where can I study from? UK or Internationally. Are there entry requirements? Aged 16 or above with good understanding of English, numeracy and ICT. What qualification do I get? ncfe cache Level 3 Award in Childcare and Education. What can I do with the qualification? Gain entry to higher level courses, or begin an apprenticeship within the sector. When can I enrol? At any time. How long is the course? You have up to one year (365 days) to complete the course. 180 guided study hours in total.

More Information

The Level 3 Award in Childcare and Education is designed for aspiring individuals who are looking to begin working within the Childcare sector and who need to acquire the skills and knowledge of what it takes to work with children.  Childcare is a blooming and booming industry in the current, modern world and this qualification will ensure that you are a fully educated and prepared employee to work within the industry. The Level 3 Award in Childcare and Education course will methodically guide you on child development from conception to seven years and on how to monitor and assist them at every stage. Childcare and child development impact the overall wellbeing of the child and this concept will be covered throughout the course. You will also be educated on the different approaches that can be used in child education to assist in their development. Once you have successfully passed the NCFE CACHE Level 3 Award in Childcare and Education, you can progress to the Level 3 Certificate in Childcare and Education (601/3999/7) and then onto the NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Childcare and Education (Early Years Educator) (601/4000/8). The course consists of 2 modules of study:
  • Child development from Conception to Seven Years [F/506/5384].
      • 1.1 Stages of Development.
      • 1.2 Theoretical Perspectives.
      • 1.3 Communication of Children.
  • Childrens Health and Wellbeing [J/506/5385].
      • 2.1 Attachment and Secure Relationships.
      • 2.2 Physical Care Routines for Babies and Children.
      • 2.3 Health and Wellbeing of Children.
      • 2.4 Benefits of good Diets.
To achieve this qualification, students must complete the 2 mandatory units. You will complete assignments which will be assessed by a tutor. Grading system used: A*–D (to pass an assignment you must achieve a grade D or above).

This course is accredited by:

ncfe cache logo CACHE are continually investing in high quality qualifications for the care and education industry, making them the UK’s leading sector specialist. Developed by experts, CACHE qualifications help millions of learners to raise professional standards across the sector. As a result, CACHE has gained a deserved reputation for excellence and leadership. NCFE is a national Awarding Organisation, passionate about designing, developing and certificating diverse, nationally recognised qualifications and awards. These qualifications contribute to the success of millions of learners at all levels, bringing them closer to fulfilling their personal goals. Last year alone, over 340,000 learners from over 2,000 colleges, schools and training organisations chose NCFE as the Awarding Organisation to help them move their careers forward.