Childcare qualifications

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If you are a childminding professional, childcare practitioner or someone looking to advance your employability in the early years sector, we offer a range of childcare qualifications to help you.

The Alliance has an excellent track record as an early years training provider — Ofsted inspectors observed that Alliance learners improve their employment prospects, develop strong vocational skills and gain confidence with dedicated support from our tutors.

And 93% of our early years learners said they would recommend our training to their friends and family.

Alliance member learners also receive regular discounts on courses.

For information on fees and funding, please contact our training centre team on 01732 363070 or via the web form at the bottom of this page.

We offer

Level 1

NCFE Cache Level 1 Award in Caring for Children 

This qualification is designed to stimulate and encourage learners' understanding of the skills required to care for children. They support the learner in preparing for the "next steps" either in training or moving towards the world of work. 

Level 2

NCFE CACHE Level 2 Diploma for the Early Years Practitioner

This new accredited level 2 qualification provides learners with the knowledge and understanding of babies and young children from birth to 7 years of age with applied knowledge in early years, 0-5 years.  This qualification meets the Department for Education’s Level 2 full and relevant criteria for a Level 2 Early Years Practitioner in the workforce.

Level 3 

NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Workforce (Early Years Educator)

This qualification has been developed for people wanting to become Early Years Educators. This will enable them to work with and care for children from birth to 5 years and gain knowledge of children aged 5 to 7 years. Alliance members can now enjoy a discount of £150. 

NCFE CACHE Level 3 Award in preparing to Work in Home Based Childcare 

This qualification prepares learners to set up a home based childcare setting. It is also suitable for learners who wish to be employed in home based childcare settings as childminding assistants or other home child carers (e.g. nannies, au pairs).       

Apprenticeship programmesApprenticeships logo

The Alliance offers Level 2 (Intermediate) and Level 3 (Advanced) Apprenticeship programmes to Levy paying employers.

Apprenticeship training programmes are delivered within the workplace through a blend of online learning and face to face assessment visits. Functional Skills in Mathematics and/or English will form part of the training programme unless the learner already holds them at the required level.

Employers will be expected to ensure their Apprentice completes a minimum of 20% off job training within their normal working week to ensure the required content of their individual learning programmes are achieved. 

Assistance with recruitment can be provided if required.

For more information on Alliance Apprenticeship programmes please contact our training team via the webform below.

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Early years career progression map

View the Early Years Careers Progression Map as a PDF

Other training options for you


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Our advisors and tutors are here to help you choose the right training.

Email or call 01732 363070.

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