Accredited Childcare Qualification Courses & Apprenticeships

Whether you are already in the childcare profession or looking to become a childcare professional, let us help you gain the childcare qualification you need.

We are part of the UK’s largest Awarding Organisation NCFE CACHE. Offering courses from Level 3 Award in preparing to Work in Home Based Childcare (HBCA) to Level 3 Early Years Educator, all of which are CACHE accredited and Ofsted recognised. Our tutors will provide quality and reliability all the way through to support you on your journey.

Already have the level 3 Early Years Educator? Look to further your childcare qualifications with the Level 5 Leadership and Management course. This can lead to a range of roles varying from: Manager, Deputy Manager, Senior Support Worker, Assistant Manager and Setting Manager.

Get in contact today to see how we can help you achieve the Childcare Qualification you need for your business to grow.

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Apprenticeships

It was recognised by the Government the value an apprentice could bring to a workplace. Therefore, from 1st August 2020 they implemented the ‘Incentive payments for hiring a new apprentice’ coming into effect from 1st September 2020. Following the latest update from 16th March 2021, the benefits are explained below:

Apprentices who join your organisation from 1 April 2021

Employers will receive £3,000 for new employees of any age who start their apprenticeship from 1 April 2021 to 30 September 2021. You can apply for incentive payments for these apprentices from 1 June 2021.

IMPORTANT:  The incentive payment for apprentice’s joining your organisation from 1st April is separate and in addition to the funding already available. Therefore, an apprentice:

  • Aged 16 to 18 years old
  • Under 25 with an education, health and care plan or who been in the care of their local authority

…could be eligible to receive up to £4,000 for each new apprentice you recruit.

Payment:

You would need to apply for the payment after you have successfully set up your apprenticeship service account. Here you would also be able to view applications, estimated payment dates and check the status of each payment.

Payments will then be made directly to you, in two equal instalments:
1st  Instalment when the apprentice has completed 90 days of their apprenticeship.
2nd Instalment after 365 days.

The funding can be used on anything to support your organisations costs, from facilities, travel to uniforms and salaries. You will not have to pay this back.

Apprenticeship Courses:

Childcare Qualification Courses

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NCFE Cache - Level 2 Diploma in Playwork (NVQ)

Cost

£950 Per Person

About the course

What does the qualification cover?

This qualification is an introduction to the primary aspects of working with children and young people between the ages of 4 to 16 in play environments. It provides an understanding of playwork values, and the importance of play and playwork in children and young people’s lives.

The Diploma covers the knowledge and skills needed when working under supervision. It is a must-have for all those undertaking the Level 2 Playwork Apprenticeship.

Who is it suitable for?

Anyone who wishes to work in a supervised role in a wide range of playwork environments.

What are the entry requirements?

You should be at least 16 years old. We do not set any other entry requirements but colleges or training providers may have their own guidelines.

How many credits are required to complete the qualification?

The Diploma requires 61 credits.

How is it assessed?

It will be assessed by your tutor or assessor using a range of methods. This could include direct observation in the workplace, a portfolio of evidence, written assignments or a task.

Do you need to be working to take the qualification?

You will need to be working, volunteering or on practical placement as you need to show competence in both knowledge and skills.

How long does it take to complete?

You can usually complete it in a year or less.

What related qualifications can you progress to?

Our Level 3 Playwork qualifications.

Which type of job roles can you apply for on completion?

On completing the Diploma you can work in roles such as:

  • Hospital Playwork Assistant
  • Assistant Playworker in a Children’s Holiday Club
  • After-school Club Playwork Assistant
  • Adventure Centre Assistant
  • Soft Play Area Assistant

NCFE Cache – Level 3 Award in preparing to Work in Home Based Childcare

Cost

£300

Course Details

Guided Learning Hours – 50

What does this Childcare Qualification cover?

The Level 3 Award in Preparing to Work in Home Based Childcare has been developed in collaboration with the Professional Association for Childcare and Early Years (PACEY).

Also, this qualification prepares learners to set up a home based childcare setting as a registered childminder.

What are the entry requirements?

Learners should be at least 16 years old. We do not set any other entry requirements

How is this qualification structured?

In order to achieve the Level 3 Award in Preparing to Work in Home Based Childcare, learners must achieve 6 credits in total. 5 credits from mandatory Unit 1 and a minimum of 1 credit from the units in the optional group.

How is it assessed?

This qualification will be internally assessed. Also, types of assessment include portfolio of evidence, written assignments or a task. The units within this qualification must be assessed in line with our assessment strategy.

NCFE Cache – Level 3 Diploma in Childcare and Education (Early Years Educator)

Cost

£2500

Course Details

Guided Learning Hours – 15 Months (1071)

What does the Childcare Qualification cover?

The Diploma in Childcare and Education (Early Years Educator) enables learners to gain the knowledge and experience which will allow them to work with children from birth to 5 years. In particular, upon achievement of the Level 3 Diploma in Childcare and Education it is intended that learners will be able to access higher education or enter the workforce as Early Years Educators.

What is a nested qualification?

This qualification is nested. Qualifications within a nested suite allow learners to be topped up to a qualification that is the same level and subject within the Award, Certificate, Diploma structure. Also, this can be done by self-service through the Portal. Qualification nests and top-up pricing can be found in our fees list.

NCFE Cache - Level 3 Certificate in Playwork

Cost

£1,450 Per Person

About the course

What does the qualification cover?

This qualification provides information about the role of the Level 3 playworker when working with children and young people between the ages of 4 to 16. It provides an understanding of the management of play environments and the line management of other staff.
The qualification is mainly knowledge based, with a limited amount of practical application.

What is a nested qualification?

This qualification is nested. Qualifications within a nested suite allow learners to be topped up to a qualification that is the same level and subject within the Certificate, Diploma structure. This can be done by self-service through the Portal. Qualification nests and top-up pricing can be found in our fees list.

Who is it suitable for?

Experienced playworkers who have a wide knowledge and understanding of children and young people and an appreciation of playwork principles and practice.

What are the entry requirements?

You should be at least 18 years old. We do not set any other entry requirements but colleges or training providers may have their own guidelines.

How many credits are required to complete it?

The Certificate requires 32 credits.

How is it assessed?

The qualification will be assessed by your tutor or assessor using a range of methods. This could include direct observation in the workplace, a portfolio of evidence, written assignments or a task.

Do you need to be working to take the qualification?

You will require basic access to a playwork environment.

How long does it take to complete?

You can usually complete the qualification in a year or less.

What related qualifications can you progress to?

A Degree in a related discipline.

Which type of job roles can you apply for on completion?

  • Playwork Development Officer
  • Adventure Centre Supervisor
  • Hospital Playworker
  • Manager of any Playwork Provisions

NCFE Cache - Level 3 Diploma in Playwork (NVQ)

Cost

£1,600 Per Person

About the course

What does the qualification cover?

This qualification provides in-depth information about the role of the Level 3 playworker when working with children and young people between the ages of 4 to 16. It provides an understanding of the management of play environments and the line management of other staff.

The Diploma covers the knowledge and skills needed when working unsupervised. It is also a must-have for all those undertaking the Level 3 Playwork Apprenticeship.

What is a nested qualification?

This qualification is nested. Qualifications within a nested suite allow learners to be topped up to a qualification that is the same level and subject within the Certificate, Diploma structure. This can be done by self-service through the Portal. Qualification nests and top-up pricing can be found in our fees list.

Who is it suitable for?

Experienced playworkers who have a wide knowledge and understanding of children and young people and an appreciation of playwork principles and practice.

What are the entry requirements?

You should be at least 18 years old. We do not set any other entry requirements but colleges or training providers may have their own guidelines.

How many credits are required to complete it?

The Diploma requires 65.

How is it assessed?

It will be assessed by your tutor or assessor using a range of methods. This could include direct observation in the workplace, a portfolio of evidence, written assignments or a task.

Do you need to be working to take the qualification?

For the Diploma you will need to be working, volunteering or on practical placement as you need to show competence in both knowledge and skills.
How long does it take to complete?

You can usually complete it in a year or less.

What related qualifications can you progress to?

A Degree in a related discipline.

Which type of job roles can you apply for on completion?

  • Playwork Development Officer
  • Adventure Centre Supervisor
  • Hospital Playworker
  • Manager of any Playwork Provisions

NCFE Cache Level 5 Diploma for Health and Social Care and Children and Young Peoples Service (Children and Young Peoples Advanced Practice)

Cost

£2600

Course Details

Guided Learning Hours – 515

 About this qualification

This Childcare Qualification provides the skills and knowledge needed to manage practice and lead others in adult health and social care provision or in children and young people’s services. It has six pathways – three for adults and two for children and young people:

• Management
• Advanced Practice

What does the qualification cover?

The six pathways cover a wide range of topics including:

• Safeguarding and protection
• Developing and carrying out policy
• Managing care services, change programmes and recruitment
• Promoting and developing best practice
• Supporting development and partnership working
• Care management
• Quality systems and improvement

Who is it suitable for?

The Advanced Practice pathway is geared towards senior practitioners who would like to develop their career but wish to remain active practitioners in the management framework.

What are the entry requirements?

Learners should be at least 19 years old. It is also recommended that they will hold a Level 3 qualification or above in a related area.

Do you need to be working to take the qualification?

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 for Health and Social Care and Children and Young People’s Services (England) (90 credits).

Which type of job roles can learners apply for on completion?

On completion learners can progress to a wide range of job roles depending on the pathway taken. The following list is not all-inclusive, but gives a taster of the opportunities available in either adult or children and young people’s settings:

• Manager
• Deputy Manager
• Assistant Manager
• Care Broker
• Case Manager
• Senior Support Worker
• Day Care Manager
• Residential Care Manager

NCFE Cache Level 5 Diploma for Health and Social Care and Children and Young Peoples Service (Children and Young Peoples Management)

Cost

£2500

Course Details

Guided Learning Hours – 515

About this qualification

This Childcare Qualification provides the skills and knowledge needed to manage practice and lead others in adult health and social care provision or in children and young people’s services.
It has five pathways – three for adults and two for children and young people:

• Management
• Advanced Practice

What does the qualification cover?

The six pathways cover a wide range of topics including:

• Safeguarding and protection
• Developing and carrying out policy
• Managing care services, change programmes and recruitment
• Promoting and developing best practice
• Supporting development and partnership working
• Care management
• Quality systems and improvement

Who is it suitable for?

The Management pathway is suitable for Assistant Managers and Deputy Managers working in day or domiciliary services who are looking to progress their career. It is also appropriate for Managers who have not yet achieved a qualification at this level.

What are the entry requirements?

Learners should be at least 19 years old. It is also recommended that they will hold a Level 3 qualification or above in a related area.

Do you need to be working to take the qualification?

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 for Health and Social Care and Children and Young People’s Services (England) (90 credits).

NCFE Cache - Level 5 Diploma in Playwork (NVQ)

Cost

£1800 Per Person

About the course

What does the qualification cover?

This qualification provides in-depth information about the role of the Level 5 playworker when working with children and young people between the ages of 4 to 16. It also delivers the higher level knowledge and skills needed when leading practice and managing staff in a playwork setting. This includes developing professional practices, building relationships and personal development.

Who is it suitable for?

Playworkers who have a wide knowledge and understanding of children and young people and a deep appreciation of playwork principles and practice.

What are the entry requirements?

Learners should be at least 18 years old and working in a suitable setting and job role that will support achievement of all assessment criteria. We do not set any other entry requirements but colleges or training providers may have their own guidelines.

How many credits are required to complete it?

The Diploma requires 60 credits.

How is it assessed?

It will be assessed by your Tutor or Assessor using a range of methods. This could include direct observation in the workplace, expert witness evidence, written assignments and reflection on your own practice.

Do you need to be working to take the qualification?

Yes. This qualification assesses occupational competence, therefore evidence for the achievement of the qualification must come from consistent performance in the workplace over a period of time. This qualification is suitable for learners who are employed in managerial or similar roles in a variety of Playwork settings which adhere to the Playwork Principles, who are looking to progress within their role.

How long does it take to complete?

You can usually complete it in a year.

What related qualifications can you progress to?

A Playwork Degree.

NCFE Level 3 Award in Education and Training

Cost

£360

Course Details

Guided Learning Hours – 48

The Level 3 Award in Education and Training is designed to give people the knowledge and confidence to teach in the post 16 education sector. This could be as a trainer in the private training industry or as a teacher/lecturer in further education.

This qualification replaces the old PTLLS course. Certifying people to teach at a nationally accredited standard.

Who’s it for?

This course is designed for individuals who would like to start teaching or for those who are already teaching but need a nationally recognised teaching qualification for their career development. 

It is designed for both the private training industry and post 16 educational institutes and covers the generic teaching skills that are required in becoming an effective teacher/trainer.

What’s involved?

The course is made up of three core units and requires three classroom days of attendance. Consisting of a combination of:

  • Taught lectures
  • Lesson Planning
  • Group discussions
  • Essay planning


Learners will spend part of the first two days planning their own 15-minute micro teach lesson ready to deliver it on day three.

After the classroom days learners have one month to complete three essays at home / work. Templates are provided on the course to help make these easier.

NCFE Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement

Cost

£480

Course Details

Guided Learning Hours –

This replaces the old A1 course and is intended for individuals that need to carry out assessments in the classroom or work environment. It consists of two classroom days and a third day where your tutor will observe you in your current assessing role.

Candidates are awarded a nationally accredited qualification by its conclusion. Enabling assessments to be carried out on site, within colleges and on NVQ programmes.

Who’s it for?

The Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement (CAVA) is for people that want the qualification to assess in the classroom or work environment. This includes the following sectors:

  • Construction
  • Early Years
  • Health & Social Care
  • College & Schools
  • Hairdressing & Beauty
  • Hospitality


What’s involved?

The course consists of two classroom days covering the theoretical elements of the course and one observational visit.

The entire theoretical unit is completed in the classroom days, and your teacher will set you up to make the rest of the course as straightforward as possible.

The practical element requires learners to carry out four assessments on two different employees in their workplace. Learners complete a portfolio of the assessment plans, evidence and feedback.

NCFE Level 4 Award in the Internal Quality Assurance of Assessment Processes and Practice

Cost

£480

Course Details

Guided Learning Hours – 90

The Level 4 IQA course is designed for those responsible for monitoring the quality of other assessors’ delivery and decision making. This could be in a school/college or a private training organisation. 

Upon completion of the course you will be fully qualified to monitor the activities and decisions of assessors, improving standards and quality control within an organisation. 

Who’s it for?

The Level 4 IQA course is suitable for anyone with experience and/or knowledge of an assessor’s role.

This includes:

  • Teachers
  • Trainers/Instructors
  • Course Leaders
  • Line Managers
  • Assessors
  • Quality Managers

What’s involved?

The course has both theoretical and practical units. The theory part covers the principles and practices of internal quality assurance, which is completed in the classroom. Learners are then required to gather evidence within the workplace which demonstrates them monitoring the activities of two different assessors. Finally, learners are observed in their IQA role in the workplace.

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