BTEC Level 1 Award – Caring for Children for Nursery Assistance and Childminders – Ilford/East London

Pearson BTEC Level 1 Award in Caring For Children Overview

Qualification Number (QN):500/6137/9

Credit value: 7

Guided Learning Hours: 60

Total Qualification Time (TQT):70

Awarding Body: Edexcel

What is the purpose of this qualification?

The Pearson BTEC Level 1 Award in Caring for Children have been developed to give learners the opportunity to:

  • Engage in learning which is relevant to them and will provide opportunities to develop a range of skills and techniques, personal skills and attributes essential for successful performance in childcare sector
  • Achieve a nationally recognised  Level 1 vocationally-related qualification
  • Ultimately progress to employment in the childcare sector

This qualification is also designed to stimulate interest and encourage your understanding of the skills and knowledge needed to care for a child.

What does this qualification cover?

All the content of this qualification relates directly to the skills, knowledge and understanding needed to support students in progressing to further study in the child care or related sector. Students needs to complete minimum 7 credits from a choice of 24 units that will be chosen between yourself and your assessor. Learners will cover topics such as communicating with children, engaging children in a group activity, encouraging children to eat healthily, keeping children safe etc. The choice of units available enables the precise nature of the qualification to be tailored to meet the interests and progression aspirations of individual groups of students.

How is this qualification assessed?

This qualification is assessed through internal assessment by your tutor or assessor using a range of methods  (written assignments, practical tasks, portfolio of evidence, centre devised assessments etc).

Who could take this qualification?

Pearson BTEC Level 1 qualifications are designed to enhance learners’ work and life skills in a range of vocational contexts. They are appropriate for a diverse range of learners including: 14–19 year-old learners, adults returning to study,  those seeking to develop greater independence and  those who have not yet achieved accredited qualifications.


No prior qualifications are required, however students will need sufficient written English skills to successfully complete assignments and may be assessed in literacy at enrolment to check this.

What could this qualification lead to?

Learners could progress on to a Pearson BTEC Level 1 Certificate in Caring For Children . Learners could also progress on to Level 2 vocational qualifications such as the Pearson BTEC First Award, Certificate, Extended Certificate or Diploma in Children’s Play, Learning and Development.

Potential job roles for those working towards this qualification are:

  • Nursery Assistant
  • Childminder
  • Play worker
  • Working in a Pre-School