CACHE Essentials



Taken from our suite of childcare qualifications, this course aims to enable your learners to gain a deeper understanding of working in an early years setting. This course is split into three areas – child development in early years, engaging with the requirements of statutory frameworks in relation to safeguarding and welfare and creating a positive environment.

Learners may wish to progress onto other childcare courses once they have completed the CACHE Essentials course.


Unit 1: Child development in early years

In this unit your learners will look at developing their understanding of the holistic stages of development of children and young people from birth up to 19 years. This unit also covers how to monitor children and young people’s development using different methods and will increase your learners’ knowledge of factors affecting development. They will learn how to assess how well children are participating in activities and progressing and how to use the outcomes of observations to provide for their next steps. They will increase their knowledge of the importance of play opportunities for children and young people and explore the National Curriculum and how to plan for the Early Years Foundation Stage.

Unit 2: Engaging with the requirements of statutory frameworks in relation to safeguarding and welfare

This unit will introduce your learners to legislation such as the Childcare Act 2006, The Early Years Foundation Stage Statutory Framework, Working Together to Safeguard Children 2015 and Keeping Children Safe in Education 2015. They will expand their knowledge of the definitions of ‘safeguarding’ and ‘welfare’ and discover how to identify signs and symptoms of childhood illnesses, as well as the signs and indicators of abuse and what actions to take in response to evidence or concerns that a child or young person is at risk of abuse.

Unit 3: Creating a positive environment

Within this unit your learners will cover working with parents and carers, how to appropriately meet and greet children and the importance of sharing concerns with parents. They will also discover what ‘transition’ is in relation to children and the importance of liaising with parents/carers to ensure the child is supported prior to, during and following the transition. They will cover working as a ‘Key Person’ and develop their knowledge of how to role model exemplary behaviour as well as understanding the importance of being ‘child-centred’.

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