Waltham Forest Adult Learning Service offers a variety of childcare courses ranging from taster workshops to level 3 qualifications. Our expert staff have a wealth of experience in the industry and you will gain practical skills by working closely with local childcare providers. We aim to equip you with the knowledge and abilities to deliver a first-class service as well as enable you to progress onto supervisory and management levels.

If you are interested in working with young children and want to understand the skills needed to care for a young child, this course is for you. Topics will include understanding the skills needed to care for young children, developing parental skills and how to contribute to child development.
This E3 Award is accredited by NCFE and consists of the following units:

  • An understanding of the skills needed to care for a young child/children.
  • Develop parenting skills.
  • Develop life skills.
  • Improve your English in the context of childcare and child development.

The course is accredited by City and Guilds and you will gain a Level 1 Certificate in Caring for Children.
You will cover the skills and knowledge needed to care for and work with young children, including:

  • Growth and Development of Young Children.
  • Sharing Learning Experience with Children.
  • Preparing for your Next Step.
  • Prepare for and contribute to the formal discussion of ideas and opinions.
  • Present information/points of view clearly and in appropriate language.
  • Identify the main points and ideas and how they are presented in a variety of texts.
  • Write clearly and coherently, including an appropriate level of detail.

If you are interested in a career in Childminding, this course is for you. You will develop your knowledge and understanding of setting up a home based childcare setting as a registered childminder. Topics will include current legislation and regulations in relation to home based childcare, how day to day care routine promotes children’s well-being. This Level 1 Certificate is accredited by NCFE and consists of the following units:

  • Unit 1 Preparing to work as a home based childcare.
  • Understand current legislation and regulations in relation to home based childcare.
  • Understand how to establish a safe and health home based childcare environment for children.
  • Understand how to support the safeguarding, protection and welfare of children.
  • Understand how to promote equality, diversity and inclusion.
  • Plus much more.

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Queens Road Learning Centre
97 Queens Road
E17 8QR