Working with Children

Do you want a career working with children?

If you live or work in the UK and would like a career working with children, come and enrol on our Level 1 Working with Children course, learn new skills and make friends. We have a new purpose-built centre on the border of Southwark and Lambeth. All our courses are on week days during the day.

You will be able to achieve a level 1 nationally recognised qualification.

For many students courses are free or half-price


How to enrol

The next Level 1 Working with Children Course will be running from February 2017. To register your interest in the course, please email Carly Redgrift at learner.support@blackfriars-settlement.org.uk or call 0207 960 4607 or 07809 377 464.

Free and half price-courses

To be eligible for Government funding you must be 19 or over on 31 August 2016 and

  • have been ordinarily resident in the UK or another country in the European Economic Area (EEA) for the last 3 years. or
  • have been granted indefinite leave to remain, exceptional leave to remain, right of abode or British Citizenship in the last 3 years. or
  • be the spouse or civil partner of a person covered by one of the statements above and have been both married and resident in the UK for 1 year.

You must bring all relevant documents when you enrol.

Also bring:

  • your UK or EU passport or EU identity card.
  • proof of your address

Free courses

There are no course fees if:

  1. …you are currently receiving a Work-Related Activity Group (WRAG) benefit. That is:
    • you are currently unemployed and receiving an income-based Job Seeker’s Allowance (JSA) or
    • you are currently unemployed and receiving Employment Support Allowance (ESA) or
    • receiving universal credit and are determinded by the JCP as being one of the following categories
      • all work related requirements group
      • work preparation group
      • work focussed interview group
  2. …you are currently unemployed and not receiving JSA or ESA or Universal Credit and receiving certain income-based benefits and can sign a declaration that you need skills training to enter employment. That is:
    • you are receiving Income Support, Housing Benefit, Council Tax Benefit or Universal Credit or
    • you are the partner of someone receiving Working Tax Credit or
    • you or your partner are receiving Pension Credit (Guarantee Credit only) or
    • you are an unwaged dependant (using Job Centre Plus definition) of someone in the previous six bullet points above or
    • you are an asylum seeker receiving income-based benefit/assistance, or their dependant.

You must bring evidence when you enrol: your passport or ID card and a document showing you still receive one of the above allowances (a green sign-on book is not acceptable) or benefits or credits dated within the last 6 months, e.g. a letter from the benefits agency or a bank statement.

There is a £40.00 registration fee unless you have been referred by Job Centre Plus.  This includes the cost of examinations.

Half-price courses fees

If you do not qualify for a free course you may still be eligible to pay only half the full fee:

You must bring evidence when you enrol: your passport or ID card and copies of any relevant documents from the Home Office or your marriage/civil partnership certificate.

2 lessons per week for 17 weeks £280

We have a small bursary fund available to help some students with their fees.

Full-price course fees

If none of the above applies to you, you will need to pay the full price:

2 lessons per week for 17 weeks £560

Refunds

If we cancel or close a course all fees paid by a student will be refunded.

If you withdraw from a course for a valid reason and this is in the first week of the course the fee will be refunded (including registration fee). There is an administration charge of £5.00 for this.

How to pay

  • by cheque, payable to Blackfriars Settlement
  • by cash

If you need to pay by instalments please ask when you enrol.