Caring for Children and Young People
Caring for Children and Young People

Help young people thrive. From safeguarding, to diet, to the vital value of play – we’re here to guide you through the fundamentals of caring for children. You’ll be able to support them to thrive and instill valuable life skills that ensure their healthy development.

Nationally Accredited

100% free

Takes on average 5 - 10 weeks

Engaging Online Learning

Expert 1-to-1 support

Level 2 qualification

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Course Description

This qualification will give you an introductory understanding of childcare through exploring young children’s development, the value and importance of play, how to plan a healthy diet and the importance of safeguarding and welfare.

By the end of this course, you’ll be able to:

    • Understand the stages of child development and how all areas of development are interconnected
    • Create positive environments to support the development of young children
    • Use suitable play activities for children and young people to extend their learning and development
    • Identify common childhood illnesses and know to to respond to emergency situations
    • Read food labels and know what to look for to ensure that children are given a balanced diet

Course Length: This course can typically be completed within 5 – 10 weeks, depending on your time availability.

If you spend this much time per week… Then you’ll complete your qualification in…
24 hours 5 weeks
15 hours 8 weeks
12 hours 10 weeks
10 hours 12 weeks

We have course work submission milestones in place to ensure you’re on track to complete your qualification within a maximum 12 weeks.

Free Course for: Anyone who is unemployed and aged 19 or over who has been living in the European Union for the last 3 years

Qualification Name: Level 2 Certificate in Introducing Caring for Children and Young People

Certified Awarding Body: TQUK

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How home-based learning works

After an initial digital assessment, you will receive access to the digital course, which is full of engaging and comprehensive content such as videos, quizzes, and more. You will be paired with a qualified assessor who will provide you with ongoing, friendly support. You'll then complete an online assessment in order to receive your qualification.

Jobs that this qualification can lead to:
  • Teaching Assistant
  • Higher Level Teaching Assistant
  • Youth Support Worker
Course Content
  • Unit 1: Young children’s development

Explore the stages of child development from birth to three years of age. You’ll learn why children may learn things in different sequences and rates, and how all areas of development are interconnected. You’ll also gain an understanding of how to support young children’s development and create a positive environment for learning.

  • Unit 2: The value of play to young children

In this unit, you’ll explore the value of play and how it supports the development of young children. You’ll learn how to develop suitable play activities based on childrens’ ages and individual needs, and understand the role of an adult in providing play for young children.

  • Unit 3: Importance of play for early learning

In this unit, you’ll explore the links between play and children’s learning and development. You’ll learn how different activities can contribute to a child’s creative and imaginative development, as well as the importance of books and stories in relation to children’s learning and development.

  • Unit 4: Safeguarding the welfare of children and young people

Learn the key principles of safeguarding children and young people and protecting them from harm. This unit will explore the current legislation, guidelines, policies and procedures for safeguarding children and young people, including e-safety. You’ll also learn how to respond in an emergency situation and appropriately react to evidence of abuse or bullying.

  • Unit 5: Use food and nutrition information to play a healthy diet

In this unit, you’ll gain an introductory understanding of how to plan and make healthy and nutritious food choices for children and young people. You’ll learn how to use nutritional information from food labels to make healthy choices and apply principles of healthy eating to your own diet.

Are you eligible to complete this qualification for free?

This qualification is 100% government funded if:

  • You were born before the 31st August 2002
  • You must currently live in England. However, anyone living in the following areas is not eligible for funding: Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, Greater Manchester, Liverpool City Region, Tees Valley, West Midlands and West of England
  • You have lived in the European Union for the last 3 years (unless you have have been given a special Visa/Residence permits that gives you the permanent right to remain)
  • Are Unemployed and can provide evidence (Subject to eligibility)
  • Can provide Identifications and relevant documentation as required
  • If on the 31st of August 2020, you were aged between 19-23, you need to have gained a full level 2 qualification (e.g. five or more GCSE/O-Levels at grades A* – C / 4 – 9, one A-Level, two/three AS-Levels, five or more CSE grade 1’s, GNVQ Intermediate, QCF Diploma Level 2)
Our Home Learning courses take place from the comfort of your home! You can be enrolled on our courses whenever you are ready, and start when you’re ready.
Yes, the main advantage of doing our Home Learning course is that allows you to be flexible to choose the times that suits you to learn. Each course will have a planed date to complete, with plenty of time to work through the units to gain the qualification.
The amount of time that you dedicate to the course is entirely flexible. Depending on the qualification, someone dedicating 15 hours of learning a week can complete their qualification within eight weeks.
All our courses are free for those who are employed and unemployed, subject to eligibility.
You can do this online! Simply start by filling out the form on this page. The entire process to register for government funding should take about 20 - 25 minutes.
No, you don’t need to attend our training center for any of our Home Learning courses. (Note that under normal circumstances we deliver various classroom-based courses from our training centers in Croydon, Harrow and Tottenham - learn more at
Yes, anyone who is employed or unemployed can enroll on any of our courses, subject to eligibility.
No, you can start when you are ready and enroll when you are ready.
You can enroll on one course at a time, but you can do as many as you like to achieve your career goals. We are happy to give you information, advice and guidance on any courses you wish to complete.
Of course. All our courses are accredited courses and you will receive a nationally recognized certification on achievement.
All our Home Learning courses are assignment based, you will need to complete assignments for each of the units of the qualifications and submit them to your assessor.
Your assessor will be available to support you through email or our messaging system and provide feedback on all your assignments you submit.
Yes, you will be provided with regular progress updates.
Yes, there are further courses that will become available in due course, we will be keeping our website updated regularly, but if you would like to be notified please email us at
We continually try to make learning simple and transparent. Learning through our online platform is incredibly easy and you can navigate around your qualification quickly and access all the learning materials as soon as you login. Your studying should be about what you learn, not how you learn it. Which is why we make the entire process as simple as possible to help you adjust to learning online.
The general certification process is a minimum of 12 weeks. Due to the pandemic, the Awarding Bodies service has been impacted which can cause a delay. We are working hard to distribute all the certificates that we have received in a timely manner and we will send a text as soon as the certificates are ready. For all queries regarding certification please email us on When contacting us please include the following information: • Full Name • Title of the qualification • Contact details and address.
Next Steps

Simply complete the short form on the right. You'll then immediately be able to complete your Fast-Track online registration.

This registration process will confirm your eligibility to have your qualification 100% government funded. Join 50,000 other learners who have chosen to upskill with Strive Training - register now!

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