Course at a glance


This online Childcare course is an in-depth study of what qualities are needed to work in the field of childcare and investigates child development from pre-conception to seven years of age.

The course deals with every aspect involving the best care of children by studying the child cognitive processes such as language and speech development, social skills, and behaviour. The psycho-social issues, together with other external influences on development are included in order to enhance understanding of the factors affecting behaviour.

The developmental stages of anatomy and physiology for each body system are presented as chronological timeline, thus facilitating understanding of the changes that occur during the physical and mental development of children so that adults better understand the basic needs of children. In addition, learning through play and interactive educational concepts are examined. This helps the professional perform their work through a grounding of knowledge in the physiology and psychology of child development. A brief look at nature over nurture is embedded into discussions throughout the course.This course consists of Ten Units and is a qualification awarded by Oxford Learning College, in its own right; with the quality assurance of a leading awarding body (Accord AI) that hallmarks this professional qualification.

Entry Requirements

All students must be 16 years of age and above to enrol into our Level 3 Childcare Diploma course.

Level 3 Diploma courses require a minimum prior learning to GCSE standard in order that students can manage their studies and the assumed knowledge within course content.

Course Hours

Approximately 20 hours per unit.


Optional coursework and final examination.


Please note that you can enrol on this course at anytime.

Course Length

1 Year.

Endorsed By

Students at the college have the option to choose the awarding body of their course.

This course has been endorsed by :

Quality Licence Scheme:


Accord :

This courses’ awarding bodies are recognised for their high-quality, non-regulated provision and training programmes. This course is not regulated by Ofqual and is not an accredited qualification. Your training provider will be able to advise you on any further recognition, for example progression routes into further and/or higher education. For further information please visit Quality Licence Scheme website or Accord website

Level 3 Childcare Diploma Course Content

The course will contain the following modules:

Unit 1: Course introduction: genetics, embryology and foetal development

Each child has character arising from its biology, genetics and the environment in which it is raised. The first module looks at the history of child development starting at the very beginning when a child is conceived and develops within the mother. Genetics, inheritance and sex determination are examined and explained in order to understand whether the nature and characteristics of a child are predetermined or influenced by inheritance, how basic genetics are inherited and how traits are passed on to the child. A brief summary of reproduction, embryology and the development of the integumentary system in a child, how for example twins forms, genetic traits are passed to the children is covered. The following chapters will continue along this theme, helping the learner understand the various stages of child development in greater detail, and what factors affect their healthy development.

Unit 2: Developmental anatomy and physiology of the child: Part 1

This module looks at the development of the musculoskeletal system, including bone and muscle structure, function and growth at the various stages of a child. It provides details expected during each stage so those looking after and working with children understand what a healthy baby and child should look like, how they develop and what signs help us identify any problems early on. A concise list of the major bones, muscles and how information is passed from the nervous system to help transport is covered. Students will also deal with the development of the nervous system, and how it connects to development of knowledge, language and cognitive skills alongside with the development of the musculoskeletal system around which all movement is based. These two systems are key to attaining early and healthy human development from baby to adulthood.

Unit 3: Developmental anatomy and physiology of the child: Part 2

Continuing with the development of major systems, the development of the cardiovascular and respiratory systems ensures that the body is supplied with food and oxygen, and waste is removed from the body. The systems inside a foetal are very different to that of a baby, so the differences are observed and discussed as certain factors such as a mother smoking and drinking can affect the health of the foetus. The two systems are looked at in detail from its individual components such as blood and how oxygen enters our body, to how the mother keeps the foetus healthy and the changes that occur in a baby. For those looking after babies we look at detail at the structure, function, pre and post natal circulation and sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). Much research is done to eliminate this terrible early death of babies, and professionals are taught how to prevent and minimise any chance of this happening in babies in their care.

Unit 4: Developmental anatomy and physiology of the child: Part 3

This unit deals with the development of the gastrointestinal and renal systems. How a foetus obtains nutrients and water and how it excretes waste, to what a baby and child needs throughout its care is studied in detail. How food is digested, the organs involved, the role of enzymes in digestion to how nutrients are absorbed at all stages of a child’s life is discussed. We look at the systems – the mouth, oesophagus, stomach, intestine, kidneys, liver and the endocrine system which maintains balance in our body through the production of hormones. We investigate systems involved in digestion and the elimination of waste, we study how these grow and develop in the different stages of a child’s life. What constitutes a healthy diet, how do we protect the body, and how do these affect the physical and mental development of a child at each stage is addressed. What is the role of hormones in foetal and child development is studied by looking at the way the endocrine systems works in the mother and the baby.

Unit 5: Developmental anatomy and physiology of the child: Part 4

We start to look at the function of reproduction to gain an insight into pre-natal development to birth. The main systems covered in this module are those responsible for our senses, so we take an in-depth look at the eyes, the nose, and dentition and how we touch, smell and taste. Each organ is studied in structure and how it works, both in the foetus and after birth as the child grows and develops, many biological terminology is introduced and it is not expected that these will be remembered, but as experience with working with children grows, so these terms become embedded into the knowledge base, and any problems in children can easily be identified.

Unit 6: Birth and beyond: growth and care of the child

This module deals with the birth, the tests and measurements used to show a child grows and develops immediately it is born to more detailed and accurate coverage of development up to age 7 years. It also looks at nutrition, measurements and weight, together with childhood illness and vaccination programmes. Common ailments and problems in growth and development are identified. It must be stressed here that most statistics are often based on averages and there will always be differences due to culture, gender and the environment in which a child develops, however such measurements can help to identify any growth problems early and easily. Thus early childhood diseases, vaccination programmes and a healthy growth chart is discussed in depth. Basic healthy and good nutrition is vital to maintain good health and growth of babies and children.

Unit 7: Language and speech development

Whole university courses cover how language and speech develops and how we learn to speak. This module will cover how babies and children develop language and speech, what processes are involved and how professionals can positively impact on this process. Detailed discussion on what affects how a baby learns, so we all know that parents repeatedly ask babies to say ‘mama’ ‘dada’ so these are often the first words. We look at activities to aid the development of language and look at average normal acquisition of words throughout the life of a child. Any child struggling to speak or slow at learning can be helped and encouraged by using certain activities, and many examples are given throughout this module. Learners must practise and evaluate what works, how to improve efficiency and carry out the activities to suit the learner child.

Unit 8: The development of cognitive skills

This module looks at cognitive structures, how babies know, learn and how babies learn to interact, their development, and the learning of resulting concepts. It also deals with relationships and interaction. This is a contentious subject and there are many theories on how babies and children learn to interact and learn cognition. The nature v nurture debate continues by looking at genetic and environmental influences. Cognition happens in the brain and affects behaviour, so temperament is achieved, how babies hear, see, think is key to understanding how those looking after babies influence their growth and development. What is key here is that babies and children must not be left in front of the television or playing computer games, but need communication, stimuli and appropriate games to develop their cognitive skills and abilities.

Unit 9: Learning through play

Play is an integral part of child development, and structured play helps the mental and physical development processes. The role of the professional is one of enabler using suitable games that support educational attainment. Games have to be appropriate and evaluated for their effectiveness. Play has different purpose so after lunch when we want children to settle for a nap, gentle music and a story is much better than a stimulating activity. Babies and children need different stimuli, play and games for different learning. The environment in which children are raised is important, a colourful and fully equipped nursery is not essential, but a room full of different textures, books, games and activities is clearly of benefit, a baby can get as much fun from an empty box as they can from the latest technological colourful toy. Important trips to the park, to play areas and opportunities for babies and children to interact and learn social skills. Age-appropriate games and activities help children to grow and develop, so getting dirty, playing outside, running and being outside is as important as having the latest toys and games. No one method works for an individual, so what works for one sibling may not for another so opportunity is given on how to experiment and trial different toys, games and activities.

Unit 10: Working with children and course collation

Our online childcare course ends with a look at the many jobs and opportunities there are to work in childcare, from being in a Nursery to a school or looking after children in one’s home. The responsibilities and legal requirements like health and safety, Ofsted and safety is covered in detail. It is recommended that all professionals should have a basic training in first aid and resuscitation. Each role, what it entails and the qualification needed are listed. Key safety requirements from knowing about the various laws to common sense and key safety precautions are covered in depth. Details of main bodies and organisations dealing with the childcare profession are given here.


This Level 3 Childcare Diploma course can be used to gain entry to a Level 4+5 Diploma in Childcare Studies.

Further information on our Level 4+5 Diploma in Childcare Studies can be found here: