NCFE Certificate (Broadly comparable to SCQF Level 5)


Flexible start date




  • Care


  • Online

Why take this course?

Although there are many different illnesses which can be experienced during childhood, there are several which are common to many babies and children. Therefore, it is crucial that those who work, or want to work, with babies and children in an early years setting develop an in-depth knowledge and understanding of common childhood illnesses. Not only will this help in ensuring babies and children who are unwell receive the care they need, but it will also help lessen the possibility of the illness spreading to others.

This qualification aims to equip your learners with a strong understanding of common childhood illnesses, including how to provide a safe and healthy environment for babies and young children, how to recognise when a baby or child is unwell, and how to manage acute and chronic health conditions in an early years setting. It is ideal for any of your learners who currently work in, or hope to work in, a childcare or health and social care setting.

Anyone who aims to progress on to further qualifications and employment within the health and social care sector, particularly within an early years setting, will benefit from this course, and it is suitable for learners aged 16 or above.

Upon completion of this course, you could study one of our other childcare courses from home, such as the Level 2 Certificate in Caring for Children and Young People.



What you will experience

Unit 1: Understand how to provide a safe and healthy environment for babies and young children – explore ways to minimise cross infection and maintain a safe and hygienic environment for babies and young children.
Unit 2: Understand common childhood illnesses – recognise when a child is unwell, and common childhood illnesses that may occur; policies and procedures relating to unwell children in an early years setting.
Unit 3: Understand health emergencies and specific health conditions in an early years setting – consider the role of the practitioner in relation to common accidents and basic first aid, as well as serious illness requiring emergency support. This will include acute and chronic health conditions, including how to manage allergies in the setting.