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Student Profile


This programme is designed for people who wish to gain an understanding of the principles of  working with children from birth to five years, and in supporting children’s development in a variety of settings.  It is intended as an introductory course and will enable students to progress to higher level qualifications required to work in the sector




The objectives of the course are to enable those who support children’s care activities to gain the skills to:


Promote healthy eating

Create a safe environment for young children

Work effectively as part of a team

Contribute to equality of opportunity in young children’s development

Provide a wide range of play activities



Study Method


The course is designed for study by distance learning at work or at home.  Students receive course manual, assignments and studyguide plus tutor support by mail and email.  You can start at any time and plan your studies over a period of up to one year from the time of enrolment. 




Each element is followed by a written assignment, which is submitted and then marked by your tutor.  There is no external examination required.


Course Accreditation


At the end of this course successful learners will be awarded a certificate of achievement by NCFE. This course has been accredited under NCFE IIQ Licence by Kendal Publishing Limited which has been approved as an NCFE Investing in Quality (IIQ) centre to give formal recognition to our courses. We have designed our training courses specifically to meet the needs of learners who prefer to study from home. The course measurable learning outcomes have been benchmarked at Level 1 (using Ofqual’s Qualification and Credit Framework (QCF) level descriptors) to allow you to consider the depth of study, difficulty, and level of achievement involved.


Course Duration


Students may register at any time and have a full year to complete their studies.  The course will take around 90 hours of study to complete.


Pack/Course Contents


Your study pack is dispatched in full at the time of enrolment and provides all you need to complete your studies:



Comprehensive study notes for each element of the course

Self-assessment activities


Tutor support

Assignment marking & feedback



Price and Payment Methods


Please refer to current price list


Course Contents

This course consists of five units of study:


Unit 1: Encouraging children to eat healthily

Understand the importance of healthy eating for children

Understand how to plan and prepare activities and experiences to encourage children to eat healthily

Be able to reflect and assess on own personal skills in supporting healthy eating activities


Unit 2: Create a safe environment for young children

Understand how to carry out a safety check on the environment.

Understand how to respond to potentially hazardous or emergency situations.

Understand how to respond to common childhood illnesses and situations which may affect a child’s well-being.


Unit 3: Working in a team

Understand the features of good team work

Understand the need to work co-operatively with others in the team

Understand how team members value each other’s contributions

Be able to carry out a review of their team work


Unit 4: Contribute to the equality of opportunity in support of young children’s development

Understand own role in promoting children’s rights

Understand how to respond appropriately to the additional needs on individual children


Unit 5: Provide a range of appropriate play activities for young children

Be able to plan a range of appropriate play activities for young children

Be able to carry out a range of appropriate play activities for young children

Understand the need to clear away activities with a group of young children



Advantages of this distance learning course:
  • Home Study: you declare when you study, no need to attend class at fixed times and fixed dates. Your study hours fit around you!
  • We will post all the beautifully printed course materials to you. Everything is written in a clear and easy-to-understand format.
  • Start this course anytime of the year! No need to wait until the new academic year starts. Enroll today so soon you'll start improving your CV or re-skill for your new career.
  • Create your own study routine, learn at your own pace, complete your course as quickly or slowly as your circumstance dictate.
  • Your home learning is totally supported by experienced tutors who guide, encourage and assess your progress. You will not be alone because all our tutors are friendly and approachable.


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Enrol by phone: call 0845 65 22 187 quote course code 660

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