All you need to know about Level 1 – Caring for Children

Are you interested in working with children but not sure where to start?  Our Level 1 Study Programme, Caring for Children, could be the perfect way for you to kick start your career.

Here, we have answered some frequently asked questions so you can find out if it’s right for you, but should you have more please contact the Aspire Training Team on 01202 551553 or email 

What does the course involve?

The Level 1 Award is 4 units. These units include; Listening to and communicating with children, growth and development, craft activities, health and safety, and next steps for the learner which involves interview support and/or helping you get into an apprenticeship.

The Level 1 Certificate is a longer course with 9 units. These units include; sharing learning experiences with children, respecting and valuing children, supporting babies to play, musical activities for children, healthy eating for families.

The course runs 4 days a week (Monday-Thursday 9am-4pm), during term time only.  3 days are spent in work experience and one day in a practical workshop, which are run in Poole and Boscombe.  Days and times can be flexible depending on your individual circumstances.

How long does the course last?

There are 2 parts to a Level 1 qualification, and individual requirements and timescales can be varied to suit individual needs. We aim to complete the course between 4 and 9 months depending on how many units you are doing.

Do I have to find my own work experience?

No, we can arrange a work placement for you. Please let us know if you have a particular childcare setting in mind. We consider where you live and how you travel so we can arrange work placements to suit your needs. Most placements will be either in a; nursery, primary school (reception), or year 1.

What areas of childcare will I learn about?

We cover a wide range of topics within childcare including:

  • communication,
  • child development,
  • craft activities,
  • music,
  • healthy eating and,
  • most importantly, how play encourages a child to learn.

We also cover interview skills and CV writing to help you when applying for future jobs.

Will there be others on my course?

Yes, the workshops are run in groups as well one to one.

How do I join the Level 1 course?

All you need to do is contact Aspire on 01202 551553 or email to arrange a chat and discuss your individual requirements and available options.

Are there any entry requirements?

No, you do not need any qualifications or previous experience for this course but you do need to be between 16-24 years old.

Do I need a police check (DBS)?

A free DBS check will be provided for you at the start of your course before work experience takes place.

When can I start?

Workshops can start straight away but all learners must have a returned DBS before starting work experience. You can join the course at any point in the year.

How much will I be paid?

This is a voluntary course so there is no wage involved, however, we have access to bursary funding to support you with any costs associated with your programme.

What do I need to wear?

We will provide a t-shirt that is to be worn with black trousers and comfortable shoes.  No leggings or flip flops are to be worn.

Is there opportunity for me to update my English and Maths?

Yes, as part of the Level 1 Caring for Children course we provide Maths and English functional skills at a level suitable for each individual.

Extra support:

Low-income families can apply for a bursary that gives them support for uniforms (trousers or shoes etc) or travel or laptops.

What can I do once I have finished the Level 1?

Throughout your course we will be looking at upcoming vacancies for apprenticeships and working with you to apply or help you move forward into further education, training or employment of your choice.

If you have any further questions or would like to book on to the Level Caring for Children course, contact the team on 01202 551553 or email


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