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Current qualification accepted

Required by Welsh Government policy:

  1. WJEC Level 2 Children's Care, Play, Learning and Development: Core

plus

  1. City and Guilds Level 3 Children’s Care, Play, Learning and Development: Practice

or

  1. WJEC Level 3 Children’s Care, Play, Learning and Development: Practice and Theory

or

Any of the accepted qualifications listed for Flying Start workers on this framework

Degrees:

  1. University of South Wales: BA Early Years Education and Practice (with Early Years Practitioner status)

  2. University of South Wales: Fd Early Years Education and Practice (with Early Years Practitioner status)

  3. Cardiff Metropolitan University: BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies with Early Years Practice Status (EYPS)

  4. Cardiff Metropolitan University: BA (Hons) Early years education and professional practice with EYPS

  5. Glyndwr University: Fd Early Childhood Studies (EYPS)

  6. University Trinity St Davids: BA Early Years Education and Care: Early Years Practitioner Status

  7. Swansea University: Early Childhood Studies with Early years practitioner

  8. Aberystwyth University: BA Early Childhood Studies with Early Years Practitioner Status

  9. Swansea University: Early Childhood Studies With Early Years Practitioner Status with a Year Abroad

Registration is not required

Other qualifications accepted

  1. Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Children’s Care, Learning and Development (Advanced Practice) Wales and Northern Ireland

  2. City and Guilds Level 4 Professional Practice in Children's Care, Play, Learning and Development

  3. Level 3 Diploma in Children’s Care, Learning and Development (Wales and Northern Ireland)

  4. CACHE Extended Diploma in Children’s Care, Learning and Development

  5. EDEXCEL BTEC Level 3 National Certificate/Diploma Children’s Care, Learning and Development – CCLD (only if commenced prior to 2014)

  6. CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Child Care and Education

  7. NVQ 3 Children’s Care Learning and Development

  8. NVQ 3 Child Care and Education

  9. NVQ 3 Early Years Care and Education

  10. CACHE Diploma in Child Care and Education

  11. Diploma in Nursery Nursing Level 3

  12. Award in Early Years and Child Care for Play Workers (transitional awards)

  13. Level 3 Certificate in Work with Children

  14. CACHE Diploma in Nursery Nursing (DNN) (was NNEB)

  15. Diploma in Childcare and Education (DCE)

  16. National Certificate in Caring Services (Nursery Nursing)

  17. National Diploma in Caring Services (Nursery Nursing)

  18. National Certificate in Childhood Studies (Nursery Nursing)

  19. National Diploma in Childhood Studies (Nursery Nursing)

  20. National Certificate in Early Years

  21. National Diploma in Early Years

  22. Open University (OU) Level 4 Certificate in Early Years Practice

Other UK qualifications accepted

As a result to changes to qualifications in Wales, equivalent UK qualifications are being assessed and will be added soon. Contact us if you have a query related to other UK qualifications.

Induction requirements

Practitioners who are new to the early years and childcare sector or new to an organisation should complete the All Wales induction framework for early years and childcare.