Residential childcare diploma

Realise is offering an opportunity to advance your career in residential childcare and make a meaningful impact on the lives of children and young people in residential settings. NB: This is a diploma only - AEB or student loan funded course.

Course overview

At a glance




14 months


Home & workplace

About the course

Our level 3 residential childcare diploma covers a range of topics including child and young person development, communication, safeguarding and supporting wellbeing. It is a comprehensive course that will equip you with the essential skills and knowledge required to work in the residential childcare sector.

Throughout the programme, you’ll gain an understanding of the needs and experiences of children and young people in care, and how to support them in achieving their full potential. You’ll learn how to work collaboratively with other professionals, including social workers, health professionals and teachers to ensure that children and young people receive the best possible care and support.

To register interest, please fill out this expression of interest form.

Is this course right for you?

This diploma is designed for learners who are working in a residential childcare setting in a care role. It will equip learners with the knowledge and skills to build  trusting relationships, provide a safe, secure environment and meet the needs of children and young people living in residential childcare.

What you’ll learn

You will develop new skills that will underpin your future success in a residential childcare setting.

The learning phases include:

  • Professional development
  • Health and safety
  • Supporting children and young people who have experienced harm and abuse
  • Communication and information handling
  • Child and young person development
  • Assessment and planning
  • Support positive relationships and attachments
  • Health, wellbeing and resilience
  • The care system and its impact on children and young people
  • Supporting group living in residential childcare
  • Working with the families of young children and young people in residential childcare
  • Support and promote the rights, equality and diversity of children and young people
  • Residential childcare for children and young people with complex disabilities or conditions
  • Working in teams to benefit children and young people

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How you’ll learn

This programme is delivered through 1:1 teaching sessions with your Trainer Assessor.

Our experienced tutors will guide you through the course to provide you with personalised support and feedback, helping you to achieve your full potential.


How is this course funded?

This course may be eligible for AEB funding in Liverpool or West Yorkshire, or alternatively, costs can be covered by a government funding initiative called an Advanced Learner Loan. This is a personal loan which covers the cost of further education.

The Advanced Learner Loan is available to anyone aged 19 or over, regardless or your income or credit history. Unlike traditional loans, there is no credit checks required, and repayments are designed to be affordable and flexible.

There are no upfront payments and nothing to repay until you start earning above a threshold. Even then, the repayment amounts are calculated based on your earnings, so you won’t have to worry about unmanageable repayments.

This makes the Advanced Learner Loan an excellent option if you’re looking to invest in your education without worrying about upfront costs or overwhelming debt.

Contact us for more information on which funding route would be most appropriate for you.

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