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Health & Safety in the Early Years – Short CPD Course

Health & Safety in the Early Years  CPD Course. Establish a safe and secure environment in a childcare 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

You do not need to be working in a managerial role to complete this course, but should be working in a childcare setting.

Learning outcomes

  • You will learn the skills required to support children’s health and safety
  • You will learn that a key factor in protecting children from accidents and injury is to understand what the risks might be
  • You will learn the importance of encouraging children to manage risk for themselves, and the impact of this on their future well-being

Advantages of this course

  • All schools and Ofsted registered early years settings have to meet the requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). One of the guiding themes of the EYFS is the importance of an ‘enabling environment’ and the safety and security of an educational space is central to this. Every child has a right to feel safe in their learning environment and this course will outline how you can ensure that they do, from planning a safe educational visit to keeping a record of accidents and injuries.
  • Should a child become ill at the setting, it is imperative that staff working there can identify the common signs and symptoms of illness and take action to promote recovery. Illness and injury is covered in the first section of the course, and ways to minimise the risk of illness, such as basic hygiene, is explored in the reading section.
  • As a practitioner, it is your responsibility to protect children from accidents and if an accident and/or injury does occur, respond appropriately. In this course, you will learn how to conduct a risk assessment and the actions to take if an accident does occur.
  • Additional activities encourage you to reflect on your learning
  • There is also suggested extended reading 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.

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Course Details

Topics covered

In this course learners will learn how to establish a safe and secure environment for children using risk assessments to raise everybody’s awareness to potential dangers. They will look at ways in which leaders maintain a healthy, safe and secure environment for children and in particular look at hygiene practices.

They will learn how to supervise procedures for accidents, injuries, illnesses and other emergencies. Learners do not need to be working in a managerial role to complete this course, but should be working in a childcare setting

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 –  Health & Safety Award (£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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