What Qualifications do you need for a career in Child Care?

To become a child carer you do not need any formal qualifications, however you are unlikely to get any work nowadays without having a recognized qualification such as a CACHE NVQ in childcare.

Careers in Childcare

This qualification is recognized as the industry standard and will allow you to apply for jobs as a child carer or to open your own nursery.

CACHE NVQ’s
CACHE offers National Vocational Qualifications in Early Years Care and Education and in Play work. Having a National Vocational Qualification demonstrates to an employer that the candidate is competent in the workplace.

To gain your NVQ, you will be assessed in a place of work against a list of skills and knowledge requirements. If you can demonstrate that you have the skill, knowledge and understanding, you will be awarded an NVQ.

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The skill and knowledge requirements are specified in the National Standards which have been written by a group of employers and practitioners.

NVQ’s in Early Years Care and Education
NVQ’s in Early Years Care and Education are offered at two levels.

  • NVQ Level 2 is for nursery and playgroup assistants who work largely under supervision.
  • NVQ Level 3 is for nursery nurses, nannies, classroom assistants and child minders who work largely unsupervised.

NVQ’s in Play work
NVQ’s in Play work are offered at three levels.

  • Level 2 is for Play work assistants
  • Level 3 is for Play work supervises
  • Level 4 is for staff supervising several out of school facilities and with a policy responsibility.

Childcare Qualification Guidelines

Qualifications for a Nursery Assistant
Courses that can help you prepare for work as a nursery assistantinclude:

  • CACHE Level 2 Certificate in Child Care and Education
  • City & Guilds or BTEC Certificate in Children’s Care, Learning and Development
  • NVQ Level 2 in Children’s Care, Learning and Development

Qualifications for a Nursery Nurse
Courses that can help you prepare for work as a nursery nurse include:

  • CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Child Care and Education
  • BTEC National Diploma in Children’s Care, Learning and Development
  • NVQ Level 3 in Children’s Care – you will have to arrange a relevant work placement to complete.


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