Supporting a Child’s Learning and Development Award Level 1

Course Information

  • Course Code: CC501
  • Duration: 10 weeks
  • Validated by: Ascentis
  • Study mode: Part Time

This is a short introductory course for those who are interested in learning about how children develop and learn.  

You will learn through taught classes, practical activities, class tasks and activities that will be carried out in college and at home.

The course content will feature healthy eating and living, creative activities and safety.

This will take place over a 14 week time frame.

What will I study?

You will study four units which will complete the course.

  • Learning together (Healthy living, healthy eating)
  • Learning together (carrying out an activity)
  • Introduction to creative activities for children’s development
  • Keeping a child healthy and safe.
Entry Requirements


There are no GCSEs required but you will need to have a good understanding of the English language and have good written skills.   

There will be an informal interview where it will be decided which level course you will be best placed on; for example Level 1 or Entry Level.

You will need to be able to work with a young child between the ages of 0-8 years. 

You will need to carry out practical activities and observe children at home or an Early Years setting. 

How will I be assessed?

You will complete a portfolio of evidence to demonstrate your achievement on the course.   

You will also be assessed on your work with your child.


Upon completion you will receive a certificate to show you have completed a short course in Supporting a Child’s Development and Learning. 

What can I do next?

You may be able to move on to another course in Early Years or Health & Social Care depending on other qualifications you may already have, and a tutor reference. 

Alternatively, you may wish to develop your English and Math’s skills in preparation for the next level, details of which will be given to you by your tutor during the course

Your Study Programme

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Career Options

Nursery Manager

A nursery manager or pre-school manager is in charge of the day-to-day running of a childcare setting. They manage and support staff, and make sure that the centre offers a safe and caring environment for children to develop and learn.

If you enjoy working with children and want a job with lots of responsibility, this could be a perfect career for you.

In this job, you’ll need strong leadership and communication skills. You'll also need good business skills and a clear understanding of child protection, early years care and education issues.

To work as a nursery manager, you will normally need a minimum of a nationally recognised Level 3 childcare qualification and two years’ experience of working with children.

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Nursery Worker

Nursery workers, sometimes called nursery nurses, work with babies and young children from birth to five years in childcare settings. They make sure that the children under their care develop and learn in a safe and supportive environment.

If you are committed to helping children thrive and get the best start in life, this could be the perfect career for you.

You will need a warm and positive approach, lots of creative ideas and a willingness to work as part of a team.

You do not always need formal qualifications to start training as a nursery worker, although a good standard of general education, such as GCSEs, including English and maths, would be helpful. For all jobs, you will need to have background checks carried out by the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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Social Worker

If you want to make a positive difference in the community, a career as a social worker could be a perfect choice for you. To become a social worker you will need to study a three-year undergraduate degree or a two-year postgraduate degree in social work that is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). You will also need to pass background checks by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). As a qualified social worker your job will be to relate to people of all ages and backgrounds and be able to gain their trust, in order to help them. Often you’ll be put in situations where your tact, patience and understanding will be needed and you’ll need to assess and cope with these situations in a sensitive and non-judgemental way.?

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Special Needs Teaching Assistant

If you are keen to help children and want to work in a school, this could be an ideal job for you. Special needs teaching assistants help children with a wide range of learning, physical or behavioural difficulties.

Local education authorities (LEAs) and schools decide which qualifications and experience they expect. You are likely to need some experience to find paid work. A good way of getting this experience is by volunteering in your local school.

To be a special needs teaching assistant you will need to be patient, and firm when necessary. You must also be willing to help with children’s personal needs.

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Teaching Assistant

Teaching assistants support children with their learning activities in the classroom. They work closely with teachers to make sure pupils enjoy learning in a safe and caring setting.

If you like working with children and want to play a part in their education and wellbeing, this career could be ideal for you. You'll need to the ability to work closely with parents and teachers. You'll also need good literacy and numeracy skills, as well as creative ideas for activities.

To do this job, you will usually need some experience of working with children. Qualifications in early years work will also be helpful. You may be able to start as a trainee through an Apprenticeship scheme.

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Early Years Teacher

Early years teachers, also known as nursery teachers, work with children aged from birth to five years in day nurseries, children's centres and independent nursery schools. They are specialists in early childhood development. They plan, organise and run a wide range of learning and play activities for young children in a safe and supportive setting.

If you love children and are committed to giving them a great start in life, this could be an ideal career for you.

You’ll need a clear understanding of how young children learn, lots of creative ideas and the ability to work closely with parents, teachers and other professionals.

To become an early years teacher, you will need to complete early years initial teacher training and demonstrate that you’ve met the Teachers’ Standards (early years). For this you will normally need a degree and also GCSEs (A*-C) in English, maths and a science subject, or equivalent qualifications. You will also need to pass Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks.

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