Introduction to Childcare

Ref: C3741040

This course will cover physical, intellectual, language, emotional & social development from birth to adolescence and explore various factors which affect the growth and development. English Entry Level 3

Additional information about this course

There will be no class May 1st (bank holiday)and Half term May 29th No class May 15th

Course aim

Provide a brief introduction to working with children. You will learn and understand more about the physical, social and emotional development of children. This understanding will be useful if you have children and/or to assist you gain experience in a voluntary or work situation.

Who is the course for?

Suitable for those who wish to explore working in childcare sector. E3/Level 1 capability

What topics will this course cover

The course will explore the physical, emotional and intellectual development of children and young people. We will find out about how children learn to communicate and how we can help them develop their skills. We will also explore how various factors will influence development. You will have time to share your ideas and listen to others as well as doing some research.

What will it be like?

WEA classes are friendly and supportive. You will be encouraged to work together with your fellow students and tutor. You will be asked to share your ideas and views in the class and work with the group to give and accept feedback in a supportive environment. The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you to be actively involved in your learning. You may be asked to undertake work to support your course outside of your class.

By the end of the course I should be able to:

outline at least two main stages of children’s physical development • outline at least two main stages of children’s social and emotional development • identify how diet and exercise may affect growth and development • identify two ways in which environment may affect growth and development • outline at least one way in which social and emotional needs may be affected

How will I know I'm making progress?

Each session you will be asked how you are getting on. You will get feedback after each session, this will include what you are doing well and ideas of what you can do next.

What else do I need to know, do or bring?

You will need to bring something to write on and something to write with for your own notes. You will be asked to keep a folder with all your notes. You will get handouts.

Reading and information sources

It is not essential to read anything before we start, but you might like to look out for any TV programmes/books/leaflets/other information about children and how they develop. Here are some useful web sites This describes development from 0-5 A website with a lot of information about child growth and development This is all about communicaton and the development of speech and language

What could the course lead to?

You could go on to study more advanced courses or use the course to help you get voluntary or paid work with children.

Download full course outline

Introduction to Childcare Course Outline


You can if you meet all of the following requirements:

  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • are paying with a credit/debit card or are not paying a fee because of a qualifying benefit
  • have a valid email address
  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2016
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
Visa Credit payments supported by RBS WorldPay Visa Debit payments supported by RBS WorldPay Visa Electron payments supported by RBS WorldPay Mastercard payments supported by RBS WorldPay Maestro payments supported by RBS WorldPay JCB payments supported by RBS WorldPay Solo payments supported by RBS WorldPay
RBS WorldPay Payments Processing