This is a brief guide to the types of roles and the required qualifications, it is by no means exhaustive. Further information about courses can be gained from our approved providers of training.


Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 5 Level 6
For people wanting an introduction to the basics in caring for children For those wishing to work at a supervised level For those working unsupervised or have supervisory responsibilities For those with specialist knowledge and skills to further their career opportunities and academic credibility For Early Years Teachers, Qualified Teachers,

Level 1 Award in Caring for Children

Level 1 Award Introduction to Early Years Settings

Level 2 Certificate for the Children and Young People's Workforce

Level 2 Certificate in Playwork

Level 2 Apprenticeship

Level 3 Early Educator

Level 3 Diploma for the Children and Young People's Workforce

Level 3 Diploma in Playwork

Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship

Foundation Degree in Early Education and Care


Early Years Teacher Status

Early Years Professional Status

Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)

BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies

Teaching Agency qualification finder

There are many qualifications available in the childcare sector. Only staff holding qualifications that are deemed "full and relevant"  by the Teaching Agency can be counted in ratio. Qualifications can be checked here

Qualification funding

Once you are working in the childcare sector, you may be eligible to get funding to support your qualification. Find out more here.