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NCFE/​CACHE Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management for Residential Childcare (England) (QCF)

Key course information

Early Years


1 year

Part time


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Course Overview

This qualification provides the skills and knowledge needed to manage practice and lead others in residential childcare settings for children and young people.The qualification enables the learner to gain essential skills and knowledge for leading in a residential childcare setting, including: leading and managing a team, leading and managing group living, leading practice to support children and young people, implementing policies and procedures. It also offers the learner the opportunity to cover optional topics which are particularly suited to specific residential childcare and respite care settings.

What will I learn?

Learners must achieve 65 credits in order to complete this qualification. 57 of those credits must be achieved from all of the mandatory units, with the remaining credits coming from a minimum of 3 optional units.

The mandatory units in this qualification are as follows:
- Understand children and young people’s development in residential childcare
- Understand support for children and young people who are vulnerable and disadvantaged
- Lead and manage a team within a residential childcare setting
- Lead practice to support the safeguarding and protection of children and young people in residential childcare
- Lead practice for communication and information management in residential childcare settings
- Manage risk in residential childcare
- Lead and manage group living in residential childcare
- Lead a service that can support children or young people who have experienced harm or abuse
- Lead practice to achieve positive outcomes for children and young people in residential childcare
- Implement a Positive Relationship Policy in residential childcare
- Lead practice to support the well-being and resilience of children and young people in residential childcare
- Lead practice in safe use of digital, internet and mobile technology with children and young people
- Undertake professional development in residential childcare settings
- Lead practice to promote the rights, diversity and equality of children and young people in residential childcare
- Lead networks and multi-agency work to benefit children and young people in residential childcare

All optional units will be discussed with an assessor upon application to the course.

Entry Requirements

Before a learner begins this qualification, an Initial Assessment is undertaken. This provides the evidence to determine the starting point of learning and assessment. This will include checking if the candidate has the language, literacy, and numeracy skills necessary to achieve the qualification, and this identifies what candidates needs to learn.

Learners without a recognised Maths and English qualification at Level 2, including functional skills, will be required to achieve this prior to completion of the certificate.

Learners will need to be working in the role of Deputy or Manager in an appropriate setting, or have the opportunity to carry out responsibilities associated with these roles, to be able to study for the Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management for Residential Childcare.

Study, Assessment and Qualifications

All units are assessed by a designated assessor using a range of methods. This will include direct observations in the workplace, a portfolio of evidence and written assignments.

Additional Costs and Information

Duration of the course is a maximum of 24 months.

What Could I Do Next?

On completion of your course you may choose to progress onto these following courses

Early Years

Career Opportunities

  • Nursery Manager
  • Teacher
  • Teaching Assistant

  • Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO)
  • Children's Nurse
  • Child Psychologist

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