Continuous Professional Development Award – Short CPD Course


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    Continuous Professional Development CPD course. Understanding the requirements for both your personal and team development in a child care setting. This course provides qualified practitioners with additional learning to further enhance their CV and career development. Any employer will be impressed with your attitude to learning, by continually adding skills to your CV shows real commitment and dedication to your chosen sector.

    Short courses are:

    • Ideal for developing skills to enter the workplace
    • Adding to any recognised qualification you may already hold
    • Linked to many subjects covered by courses currently listed on the RQF

    Explore the importance of continuous learning and development – for yourself and your team members. Consider preferred learning styles, the many forms that learning can take, and how to plan and evaluate professional development. Learn about the CPD cycle, Personal Development Plans (PDP) and how to identify strengths and areas of improvements.

    You do not need to be working in a managerial role to complete this course but should be working as a member of a childcare setting team.

    Learning outcomes

    • You will learn that good practitioners will always be looking for ways to improve and develop their practice
    • You will learn how to reflect on your professional development needs
    • You will learn that practitioners who value personal development will have more opportunities for training and development

    Advantages of this course

    • The learning experience, and ability to learn, does not end when you leave full-time education. It is a continuous process and can greatly benefit your personal and professional life. This course will explain the importance of finding time to self-evaluate learning and development needs, the ways in which you can reflect on this, and how to identify opportunities at work.
    • All practitioners should have a plan for their development and feel motivated to achieve it. A supportive working environment, manager / supervisor, and colleagues will positively contribute to this process. In the presentation section of this course, the concept of planning for learning and development (specifically a personal development plan) is explained in detail.
    • Additional activities encourage you to reflect on your learning
    • There is also suggested extended reading that gives both practical information and links to websites to expand knowledge

    On successful completion of this course, you will have the option of purchasing a CACHE certificate. This certificate must not be confused with nationally regulated qualification achievement.

    Topics Covered

    In this Level 4 lesson learners will consider not only their own Continuous Professional Development, but the development of their team members also. They will explore preferred learning styles, learning opportunities and how to plan and evaluate learning. They will learn how to help others set up a CPD file and how to lead others to develop professionally.

    They will explore the learning cycle and how full and valid qualifications fit in to this learning process. Learners do not need to be working in a managerial role to complete this course but should be working as a member of a childcare setting team.

    Entry Requirements

    Students looking to enrol onto this course should meet the following criteria:

    Be aged 16 Years or above
    Possess a solid knowledge of the english language
    Have access to a PC and the internet for the duration of the whole course
    Basic computer skills
    Have a genuine desire to succeed


    Qualification Awarded

    CACHE ELP –  Continuous Professional development (£18 certificate fee payable)

    This course provides successful students with a completion certificate from CACHE and their enhanced learning program. Awarding body CACHE is recognised as an awarding organisation by the qualification regulators for England, Wales and Northern Ireland, who are: the office of the qualifications and examinations regulator (Ofqual) in England, the Welsh Government and the council for curriculum, examinations and assessment (CCA) in Northern Ireland.

    CACHE is the UK’s only specialist awarding organisation for the children, adult and health care sectors, with a portfolio of qualifications ranging from Entry to Level 5. Last year, over 150,000 learners registered with them from over 1000 UK based Centres and overseas.

    Please note: Short courses provide students with CPD completion certification. To complete a fully recognised qualification students are required to complete a RQF listed course in addition. 

    Receipt of Certification: Certification is awarded by CACHE and can take up to 12 weeks to be received after completion of your studies. All certification will be delivered to students direct at their home address. UK Open College have no control over delivery of certification awarded by the external awarding bodies. Any outstanding fees are payable before certification is issued.

    Course Duration

    These short courses can be completed in approx 10 hours of study. This will depend on student commitment and ability. Ideal for those who are considering a career in the childcare sector or indeed qualified practitioners looking to enhance their skills in a particular topic.



    Study Method

    Students are able to complete their course purely online though our student portal. Students can expect to receive access to the student portal via email within 3 working days of enrolment being received.

    Once enrolment is received we will email you access and log in information to make a start on our chosen course.


    Students will progress through a series of topics online through our student portal. At the end of the course students will complete a multiple choice quiz type assessment. If you dont complete first time you can try the assessment again at no extra charge. Upon completion students can download and print a college certificate whilst awaiting their CACHE endorsed certification.

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