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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 is an ideal first step if you want a career working with children.

Areas studied include:

  • Child development
  • Understanding play
  • Health and nutrition
  • Career development.


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.


You'll be assessed on internal coursework.

Entry Requirements

Three GCSEs 3-1 in relevant subjects or other related qualifications and experience.

Next Steps

Progress on to a Level 2 course or find work or an apprenticeship. South Thames College offers a full range of childcare qualifications so there is plenty of opportunity for progression.

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.

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