A career in childcare - qualifications and career progression
A brief guide to the types of roles and the required qualifications in childcare and early years.
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
Once you are working in the childcare sector, you may be eligible to get funding to support your qualification. Find out more here.