Skills for Childcare



This qualification aims to prepare learners to progress to a qualification in the same sector or a related area at a higher level or requiring more specific knowledge, skills and understanding and also prepare learners for employment in the sector or a related sector.

This qualification provides a range of introductory skills, as well as core knowledge, relevant to childcare, alongside generic employability skills which are needed both in the childcare sector and across other sectors. 

Programme Summary

Qualification Total Units Maximum Credit Total Guided Learning Hours (GLH) Aim Reference
Entry 1 1 Extended Certificate in Preparation for Employment 9 25 234 Hours 60088278
Mandatory Units
Unit Level Credit Value GLH Unit Code
Working in Early Years settings 1 3 30 R/504/7505
Respecting Children 1 2 18 M/601/0116
Optional Units
Optional Units Understanding learning and development through play 1 3 27 A/504/0211
Physical Activities for Children 1 3 30 H/504/7508
Sharing learning experiences with children 1 4 36 Y/601/0109
Supporting Babies to Play 1 3 27 J/601/3409
Healthy Eating for families 1 4 36 R/601/0108
Career Progression 1 2 20 F/503/2837
Searching for a job 1 1 10 D/503/2831

Achievement methodology

The qualification will be awarded to learners who successfully achieve an approved combination of units through a portfolio of evidence that has been successfully verified and monitored through Gateway Qualifications’ Quality Assurance process. Achievement is therefore determined by successful completion of unit assessment with no further requirement for additional/summative assessment.

Progression Opportunities

This qualification is designed to enable progression into further learning at the same level or to further learning at a higher level. The strong focus on transferable employability skills means that learners could move within or between sectors as they progress. Some learners may be able to progress directly into employment, particularly where work-based training will be offered, but it is expected that most learners will build on the skills and knowledge gained from these qualifications through further learning before entering employment 


Pre-16, 16-18, 19+

Prior Qualifications

There are no prior qualification requirements for this qualification.

Prior Skills/Knowledge/Understanding

There are no prior skills, knowledge or understanding requirements for this qualification. However, learners will benefit from having functional skills, at least at one level below that of the qualification.


There are no restrictions to entry for these qualifications.

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