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Childcare Level 1

Working with children is very rewarding but it’s not all child’s play.


If you want a career in Childcare you’ll need to develop basic knowledge and understanding of the needs of young children and well as recognised qualifications.


Our level 1 course in Working with Children is the first step on the childcare career ladder and will help you understand your role in supporting children’s development. 

Progression Routes

After you have completed your qualification you can progress on to a Level 2 Apprenticeship in Childcare or Level 2 course at college.

The course involves:

  • Encouraging children to eat healthily
  • Creating a safe environment for young children
  • Providing a range of appropriate play activities for young children
  • Supporting young children’s development
  • Working as part of a team
  • A Childcare work placement

You don’t need to have any previous qualifications. Our staff will help you to find the right level of qualification for you using our diagnostic assessments.


You must:

  1. Be aged 16 – 18 years old
  2. Not in education, employment or training.
  3. Have lived in the UK for the past 3 years (3 year continuous residence)
  4. Have a UK Birth Certificate, Passport or Home Office Papers showing your right to remain in the UK.
  5. Have a National Insurance number


Our Childcare courses involve working with young children and your employer may ask you to complete a Criminal Record check or CRB.


If you have a caution or conviction you may not be able to do a work placement as part of your course depending on the type of offence.


If you need further information about CRBs and working in childcare, please call the Centre Manager at your nearest centre who will be happy to talk through your options.



020 8201 3111

Manager: Francesca Muratori       



020 8803 4764

Manager: Janet McNeice  



01923 803 508

Manager: Jane Moraru

By Phone

You can call your nearest centre to find out more:


Colindale: 020 8201 3111   Ponders End: 020 8803 4764    Watford: 01923 803 508


By Email

You can also apply by sending an email to Beverley Woodhouse our Recruitment Coordinator:


By Text

Text WEBFL to 07495 464 797


You can apply by sending your CV to Beverley Woodhouse, Recruitment Coordinator, at