NCFE CACHE Level 1 Diploma in Caring for Children

This qualification is suitable for you if you are considering a career in caring for children. This qualification encourages an understanding of the knowledge and the skills needed to care for young children. Learners could also progress on to CACHE Level 2 Early Years courses

Entry Requirements

Minimum three GCSEs at grade A - E/9-2 to include English (essential), or you will have successfully completed an Entry Level 3 programme including Functional Skills in English.

A positive reference is also required from school, employer or a tutor - this must include attendance and punctuality.

You may also be asked to demonstrate your commitment and skills in an interview.


Units include:

  • Practical health and safety when with young children
  • Craft activities for young children
  • Understanding play for early learning
  • Sharing learning experiences with children
  • Growth and development of young children
  • Human growth and development
  • Respecting and valuing children
  • Healthy living
  • Healthy eating for families
  • Confidence building for the young child through play
  • Listening to and talking with a young child



Learners must achieve a total of 37 credits: 25 credits from mandatory group A, 12 credits from optional group B.

All units will be internally assessed using a range of methods. This could include direct observation within the workplace, a portfolio of evidence, written assignments or a task set by CACHE.


1 year, four days a week in college


This qualification allows progression on to the CACHE Level 2 Early Years course

Additional Information

Start date: September

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