Merton College


Identify and develop skills to care for children.

This is an introduction course and is ideal for anyone interested in a career in childcare and will focus on child development and healthy eating.


There may be materials you need to help with your studies. You'll either make a one-off payment for these when you enrol, or you'll buy them during the course. Your tutor will talk to you about this at interview or in your first class (if you don't need an interview).

Depending on your course and circumstances, you may be able to get funding to help with materials fees. Please check with us when you come in for interview or enrolment.


Assessment is by written work and on completion of the course you will gain a CACHE certificate and a Level 1 Work Skills qualification.

Entry Requirements

Please book an appointment to see us for advice and guidance as we will need to assess your literacy skills:

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Next Steps

Enrol on a more advanced childcare course with the college.

Important information

All courses run subject to demand and the content listed here should be used as a guide only. Course content may vary according to a range of factors such as course duration, campus, teaching staff and requirements from awarding bodies. Check our course and fee guidelines for further details.


You need to come to an advice session to apply. Contact 020 8918 7777 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to book.

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