Training for a career in childcare

There are many different childcare training courses and we’ll try to explain them in detail for you in this article.

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Courses are available in both full and part-time. Entry requirements can vary, so you should check with colleges for exact details.

Nursery Assistants
Nursery assistants are involved with caring for babies, toddlers, pre-school children in a nursery or day care environment. It is a supervised role and you will be expected to take responsibility for completing tasks and procedures that you have been instructed to do.

Recommended qualifications:

  • CACHE NVQ Level 2 in Children’s Care, Learning and Development
  • CACHE Level 2 Certificate in Child Care and Education

Nursery Nurses
Nursery nurses work in childcare centres unsupervised, or in a nursery or day care environment. It is a supervisory position and you will be expected to take responsibility and to plan for the development of the children in your care.

Required qualifications:

  • CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Child Care and Education
  • CACHE NVQ Level 3 in Children’s Care, Learning and Development

Choosing the right Childcare Training Course

CACHE nursery courses

Certificate in Child Care and Education
This is a one year full-time or two years part time course for people wanting to be assistants in nurseries.

CACHE Diploma in Child Care and Education
This is a two year full time or three year part time course for people wanting to be nursery nurses, child minders, or nannies.

Specialist Teacher Assistant Award
This is a one year full-time course for people wanting to learn more about the National Curriculum so that they can support classroom teachers in infant schools.

Advanced Diploma in Child Care and Education
This is a one year full-time course or two year part-time course for experienced persons who want to update their knowledge or who want to run their own nursery.


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