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Mavis Odame-Darkwa - Childcare

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"I enrolled on the Childcare Level 1 course in September 2016 and managed to complete the Certificate in Childcare Level 2 in July 2017 after an intensive six months’ course and I managed all this whilst also juggling my family commitments with four children and doing some night shifts in a residential care home.

I am very happy because I achieved all this despite having difficulties with writing and processing information."


This course helps prepare you to work with children between birth and five years. You'll also learn about children up to seven years.

You will have to undertake 250 hours of work placement in a childcare setting. Which is approximately 7 hours per week for the duration of the course.

Units include:

  • The role of the early years practitioner

  • Legislation relating to safeguarding, protection and welfare of children

  • How to plan to meet the needs of the developing child

  • Supporting children's play and development

  • A child's needs in preparing for school

  • Observation, assessment and planning


You'll need to buy some appropriate childcare books and you'll get information on this at interview or enrolment. You'll also need to pay for your Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check (formerly CRB) which you'll need for your work placement.


An assessor will assess you in your work placement. You will also complete assignments and reflect on your practical experience in the setting.

Entry Requirements

You will need to attend an advice and guidance session and undertake a literacy and numeracy assessment.

Next Steps

Find a job or an apprenticeship or move on to our full-time Level 3 diploma in childcare to boost your career prospects.

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