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Childcare qualification courses

Learn how to support and promote positive behaviour. We provide courses covering safeguarding, child development, health & safety and the importance of play.

Gain a highly sought-after qualification at Westminster's premier Adult Learning Service that can take you down many different career paths.

Qualification courses and courses at intermediate or advanced level require guidance or an interview prior to enrolment. You can apply online on the course details page or call 020 7297 7297 for help with your application.

If you are planning to work with children and young people, there is a requirement to obtain an enhanced disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service. Some of our courses also have this requirement as you will be attending a work placement as part of your assessment. Please review the information on the Government's DBS Guidance Page and ask your tutor for more information.


Level 1 Award in Caring for Children

This qualification encourages an understanding of the knowledge and the skills needed to care for young children. It covers children’s growth, learning and development. There are also units to help with self-development.
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Level 1 Understanding Caring for Children and Mental Health Awareness

The content of this course encourages an understanding of the knowledge needed to care for young children. This course is suitable for you if you are considering a career in caring for children. It can also support you with re-engaging with learning and break down barriers to you entering the childcare workforce.This qualification does not qualify you to work but does support you in preparing for your 'next steps' either in training or moving towards work.
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Level 2 Diploma for the Early Years Practitioner

The content of this course will provide you with the essential knowledge and skills needed to provide a safe and stimulating environment for children. It will enable you to support child development and understand how to safeguard children. You will learn about legislations, policies and procedures that influence the childcare provision and ways of implementing them in your practice. You will be required to complete a DBS in the college and undertake voluntary work experience in a Nursery.
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Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Workforce (Early Years)

The content of this course will prepare you to become Early Years Educators, enabling you to work with children from birth to 5 years. You will need to have a placement in an early years setting and complete a DBS at college. The Diploma has a strong emphasis on the skills required of the Early Years Practitioner in the 21st century. The mandatory units ensures that learners have a good understanding of underpinning knowledge and skills relevant to the role of the Early Years Practitioner.
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