Course Details 

TQUK Level 2 Community Care for Children and Infants with Heart Defects or Feeding Difficulties (RQF) (2 days)

Qualification Purpose

The qualification provides training for specialist staff and volunteers to provide care for children with heart defects or feeding issues. The initial market is volunteers who provide respite care to allow parents some time for themselves – usually in 2 hour blocks. The aim is to widen this to include training for hospital staff and other professionals and for the qualification to be accepted as progression to a career in specialist childcare

It is practical based with assessment of ongoing practice

Entry Requirements

  • There are no specific entry requirements however learners should have a minimum of level two in literacy and numeracy or equivalent.
  • The qualification is suitable for learners of 18 years of age and above.


Successful learners can progress to other qualifications such as:-

  • TQUK Level 2 Award in Safeguarding and Protecting Children and Young People (QCF)
  • TQUK Level 2 Certificate for the Children and Young People’s Workforce (QCF)
  • TQUK Level 3 Diploma for the Children and Young People’s Workforce (QCF)


Learners must achieve all units

Units  Unit Ref  Level 



Hours  (GLH)

Care of infants and children with

feeding difficulties and adverse

feeding behavior

1 2 2

Introduction to Life Support for 

infants and children with cardiac 

or feeding issues

2 2 2

Nutrition and feeding in infants

and children with cardiac problems 

3 2 2

Alternative feeding systems for 

infants and children with feeding


4 2 2

Cardiac care for infants and children 

in the community 

5 2 2

Infection control, moving and handling

for infants and children with cardiac

or feeding difficulties 

6 2 2
Total Number of GLH      12


Total Qualification Time (TQT)

This is an estimate of the total length of time it is expected that a learner will typically take to achieve an demonstrate the level of attainment necessary for the award of the qualification i.e. to achieve all learning outcomes

Total Qualification Time is comprised of GLH and an estimate of the number of hours a learner is likely to spend in preparation, study or any other learning including assessment, which takes place as directed by, but not under the supervision of a lecturer, supervisor or tutor. The credit value of a qualification is determined by TQT, as one credit corresponds to 10 hours of learning.

Total Qualification Time for this qualification is 42 hours

Guided Learning Hours (GLH)

These hours are made up of all real time contact time, guidance or supervision of a learner by a lecturer, supervisor, tutor, trainer or other appropriate provider of education or training.


This qualification is assessed through activities, which are developed by the centre, internally marked and sampled as part of quality assurance/ internal verification procedures.

Learners will be required to complete a minimum of 30 hrs caring for an infant or child, supervised. Parents or managers will submit witness testimonies and the learners will be required to submit a reflective diary at the end of the placement. In addition, learners must successfully complete the placement before being awarded the qualification (if they wish to follow the certificated routes)

The assessment and quality assurance process will be subject to external quality assurance/verification by TQUK.

The recommended assessment methods for this qualification are:-

  • Practical Demonstration
  • Group Discussion
  • Case study
  • Written assignment
  • Observation of learner’s skills
  • Question and answer sessions
  • Witness testimony
  • Reflective journal

All learning outcomes must be met and a satisfactory placement report received for learners to achieve a pass - there is no grading.




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