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Child Care and Education

Our Child Care and Education Course is aimed at anyone who anyone wanting to work with Children and Young People. This course is based on the current National Occupational Standards for Children's Care, Learning and Development at Level 3 and reflects the shift in focus to children's services.

About Child Care & Education

Our course in Child Care and Education will provide you with the knowledge and understanding of child development and education necessary for working with children in a variety of job roles and settings.  It will prepare you to work unsupervised or in a supervisory capacity with children and their families in a variety of roles such as:

  • Early Years /Foundation Stage Practitioner in nurseries, pre-schools or schools
  • Special Educational Needs Support Worker
  • Nanny/home-based child carer
  • Children’s Centre Practitioner



An introduction to working with children

This unit looks at the range of services for children and their families.

Development from conception to age 16 years

The unit aims to give you an understanding of child development and the theories of development. It will teach you how to observe children and why it is important when planning for children’s learning.

Supporting children

This unit focuses on safeguarding children and supporting them in a range of situations. You will learn how to keep children safe from abuse and discrimination.

Keeping children safe

In this unit we look at keeping children safe and healthy, how to prevent accidents and illness and well as procedures for dealing with these. We also consider the importance of planning the physical environment for children.

The principles underpinning the role of the practitioner working with children

This unit looks at the skills you need to be an effective practitioner, it looks at the importance of building relationships with others.

Promoting a healthy environment for children

This unit looks at the importance of a healthy environment for children and the range of factors that can affect a child’s health.

Play and learning in children's education

This unit looks at the role of play in children’s learning and how you as a practitioner can support children’s play. The unit also considers how play can be used to support the curriculum.

Caring for children

This unit considers the different types of settings that work with children and their families, it looks at how a child’s needs can be met in different ways and how you as the practitioner can work with other professionals to meet these needs.

Care of sick children

This unit covers health promotion and how to care for a sick child. It also looks at the signs used to identify a sick child and the steps taken to support the child.

Nutrition and healthy food for children

This unit considers the importance of a healthy and balanced diet for a child and how you can plan and prepare food for children of different ages.

Working with children with special needs

This unit considers what is meant by “special needs” and “inclusion” as well as the types of legislation that exists to support children.

Developing children’s (3 - 8 years) communication, language and literacy skills

This unit considers developing children’s (3 - 8 years) communication, language and literacy skills and how you can support this.



On completion of your course, you will receive two certificates:
Certificate 1 is issued by Stonebridge Associated Colleges: Child Care and Education Diploma

Child Care and Education Diploma issued by Stonebridge Associated Colleges, to view a sample of the college’s award, please click here.
Certificate 2 is issued by ABC Awards: Level 3 Child Care and Education Certificate of Achievement

At the end of this course successful learners will receive a Certificate of Achievement by ABC Awards and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the details of all the units you have completed as part of your course).

The course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards’ Quality Licence Scheme. This means that Stonebridge Associated Colleges have undergone an external quality check to ensure that the organisation and the courses it offers, meet certain quality criteria. The completion of this course alone does not lead to an Ofqual regulated qualification but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills towards regulated qualifications in the future. The unit summary can be used as evidence towards Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this sector. To this end the learning outcomes of the course have been benchmarked at Level 3 against level descriptors published by Ofqual, to indicate the depth of study and level of difficulty involved in successful completion by the learner.

The course itself has been designed by Stonebridge Associated Colleges to meet specific learners’ or employers’ requirements. ABC Awards’ endorsement involves a robust and rigorous quality audit by external inspectors to ensure quality is consistently met. A regular review of courses is carried out as part of the endorsement process.

Who are ABC

ABC Awards is a leading national Awarding Organisation, regulated by Ofqual, and the Welsh Government[1]. They have a comprehensive portfolio of over 650 Ofqual regulated qualifications on the national Qualifications and Credit framework (QCF). It has a long-established reputation for developing and awarding high quality vocational qualifications across a wide range of industries. As a registered charity, ABC Awards combines 180 years of examination and assessment expertise but also implements a responsive, flexible and innovative approach to the needs of our customers.

Renowned for excellent customer service, and quality standards, ABC Awards also offers over 600 Ofqual regulated qualifications for all ages and abilities post-14; all are developed with the support of relevant stakeholders to ensure that they meet the needs and standards of employers across the UK.


Study Options

This course is currently only available to be studied via the traditional paper-based method.

Study Hours

This is only an approximate figure and is dependant upon how much time you can dedicate to your studies and how well you grasp the learning concepts in the course material. Furthermore, at the end of each lesson there is a question paper that needs to be completed and returned to your tutor. You should allow at least 1 - 2 hours of study to complete each question paper.

The approximate amount of time required to complete the course is: 120 hrs.


Tutor Support

With this course you will have unlimited access to your own personal tutor who specialises in their field of study. It is your personal tutor's role to ensure that you receive constructive feedback and to deal with any queries you may have. You are more than welcome to telephone, fax or email your personal tutor.

You will also have access to a dedicated and friendly team of administrators and course advisors who offer sound and professional guidance and advice when you need it. This ensures that you will never feel neglected and that you willalways succeed!

Assessment Method

After each lesson there will be a question paper, which needs to be completed and submitted to your personal tutor for marking. This method of continual assessment ensures that your personal tutor can consistently monitor your progress and provide you with assistance throughout the duration of the course.





Advantages of this distance learning course:
  • Home Study: you declare when you study, no need to attend class at fixed times and fixed dates. Your study hours fit around you!
  • We will post all the beautifully printed course materials to you. Everything is written in a clear and easy-to-understand format.
  • Start this course anytime of the year! No need to wait until the new academic year starts. Enroll today so soon you'll start improving your CV or re-skill for your new career.
  • Create your own study routine, learn at your own pace, complete your course as quickly or slowly as your circumstance dictate.
  • Your home learning is totally supported by experienced tutors who guide, encourage and assess your progress. You will not be alone because all our tutors are friendly and approachable.


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