Caring for Children - Level 1 Diploma (NCFE) (Hillcroft Campus, Surbiton)

This course will provide you with an understanding of the knowledge and skills required for working within the childcare sector. The Diploma is in 3 parts and consists of an Award (Autumn Term), Certificate (Spring Term) and Diploma (Summer Term).

In total, the Diploma takes one academic year to achieve and we recommend gaining experience in a childcare setting during this time.

Course Content

The Diploma course will cover the following units:

Self Development

Healthy eating for families

Confidence building for the young child through play

Listening to and talking with a young child

Sharing experiences with children

Growth and development of young children

Respecting and valuing children

Children?s play and leisure activities in the community

Preparing your next steps

Supporting babies to play

Science activities for young children

Technology activities for young children

Musical activities for young children

Practical health and safety when with young children

Finding out about Forest Schools

Craft activities for young children

Understanding learning and development through play

Safeguarding the welfare of children and young people

Safety Information
We want to keep you safe while you are at RHACC and as such all on-site classes will have additional hygiene procedures in place, as per government guidelines. Please note that if guidance changes, we may need to make changes to your course, such as reducing numbers attending onsite, or in the event of lockdown, postponing or moving the course online. Please act responsibly and do not attend the class if you display any of the symptoms of Covid-19 or have been in recent contact with someone who has. Please see government advice here.

Entry Requirements

To be eligible for this course you must be 19 or over on 31st August prior to the course start date.

In order to secure a place, you will be required to complete an application task and attend a short interview.

English speaking, listening and writing skills at Entry Level 3 are required.

First Class Requirements

You will be provided with a login to an online learning platform and taught how to use it.

Assessment Methods

Your coursework will be submitted to the online learning platform where you will build your portfolio. Your tutor will assess your work and provide feedback and guidance. In addition to your assignment work, you will also create a personal learning plan, setting your own individual learning targets. You will review your progress towards these individual targets regularly with your tutor.

Further Study Options

On successful achievement of the full Diploma you can apply for progression to the Level 2 Diploma for the Early Years Practitioner.

Additional Information

You will be assessed by your tutor on your assignments and work in class.


Remote Learning:
Some of our courses are now delivered through remote learning, including video conferencing (using Microsoft Teams, Zoom, Skype) and email contact with your tutor.

If your course is indicated as an ONLINE COURSE, you will need either a PC (with a camera and microphone), laptop, tablet, smartphone and access to the internet to be able to join the lessons. Lessons will run at the published time – so be ready and set up to join in.

We hope you will enjoy this new approach to learning – many of our learners have commented on how they are enjoying the classes and have improved their IT and digital skills in the process.

Please don't worry if some of this is new to you - you are not alone! See here for guidance on how to use our simple software. If you are experiencing any problems with connection or installing software for your online class please contact our eLearning support team via the Student Intranet Portal: We are here to help you.