A level 1 Childcare/BA is a Study Programme. This is classed as further education. In the UK, young people have to legally stay in Education, Employment, or Training until the age of 18. The level 1 course is an introduction to childcare for young people who may not have any childcare experience, are not sure if they will even like childcare, or really just don’t know what they want to do. Level 1 is mainly focused on high-quality work experience with workshops (online or face-to-face) once a week. We believe that this course encourages better learning as it is very practical and could suit a student who prefers to be kept busy actually in a childcare setting rather than being sat in a classroom environment. Please fill out the following form in order to get the information…
Do you have more questions in regards to Level 1’s? Keep reading below…
But,… what is the main difference to an apprenticeship?
Level 1 means you are a student with Aspire training team on a further education course (no pay). Level 1 is term time only and you only have to attend 4 days a week during term time. An apprenticeship is when you are employed and being paid to do the apprenticeship. All employment rules apply including holiday pay etc.
And, why do a Level 1 Study Programme?
Some young people are not ready to go straight in to a level 2 apprenticeship. This could be due to personal circumstances including low confidence, unable to commit to 30hours a week or they just feel more comfortable starting at level 1. Everything on the course is free and provided for you including DBS. Level 1 is more of a supported course, more Tutor time, physical workshops and we work closely with students to support their mental health and well-being. Some students need an easier transition into the world of work and level 1 gives them that time and preparation in order to build confidence to then do a level 2 apprenticeship. Extra time to upskills maths and English. The structure of the level 1 resembles school and routine so some students find this option better for them as its familiar.
Why do a level 1 rather than an apprenticeship?
Some students that are 17 already, feel confident enough and able to go straight to a level 2 apprenticeship. Some only want something where they are being paid. May already have Maths and English GCSE’s.
What does the course involve?
4 days’ a week (Monday-Thursday 9am-4pm), term time only.
3 days’ work experience, one day practical workshop (Covid-19 permitting)
Days/times can be flexible depending on individual circumstances.
How long does the course last?
There is 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 setting in mind. We consider where you live and your travel and can arrange work placements to suit your needs.
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 apply for future jobs.
What areas of Business Administration will I learn about?
We cover a wide range of topics within business administration including, business communication, personal performance and development, working in a business environment, health and safety, working with other and principles of administration. 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, due to Covid-19 at present these are currently being run online. We hope to bring these back to being in person soon.
How do I join the level 1 course?
All you need to do is contact us to arrange a chat to 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.
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?
All students must have a returned DBS before starting work experience (if working in a childcare setting). 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 you can access a bursary fund if criteria is met (your trainer will/can discuss this in detail with you).
How will I get to the course if I have no money for travel?
You can access a bursary fund to reimburse this if criteria is met.
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.
Is there opportunity for me to update my English and Maths?
Yes, as part of the level 1 study programme course we provide Maths and English functional skills at a level suitable for each individual, if applicable to the course undertaking.
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.