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Current qualification accepted

Required by National Minimum Standards:

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

plus

  1. City and Guilds Level 2 Children’s Care, Play, Learning and Development: Practice

or

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

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. University Trinity St David’s: HE Diploma Early Years Education and Care: Early Years Practitioner Status

  10. Prifysgol Caerdydd: BA (Anrh) Addysg Gynnar ac Ymarferydd Proffesiynol gyda Statws Ymarferydd Blynyddoedd Cynnar (bi-lingual)

  11. Pryfysgol Cymru y Drindod Dewi Sant: BA Addysg a Gofal Blynyddoedd Cynnar: Statws Ymarferydd Blynyddoedd Cynnar (available through the medium of Welsh)

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

Registration is not required

Other requirements

At least 80 per cent of the non-supervisory staff must hold a qualification at least at level 2 from this framework, which is appropriate to the post. At least half of these (50 per cent) must have a qualification at level 3.

Those working in regulated childcare settings with children between the ages of five and 12 years may need to complete a playwork qualification set by SkillsActive to meet National Minimum Standards and regulatory requirements.

You can find more information at:

National Minimum Standards require that in settings caring for under twos:

  • staff caring for babies are competent to do so
  • at least 50 per cent of staff caring for babies have received training in this specific area
  • the person in charge of the babies’ room has at least two years’ experience of working with children under two.

Other qualifications accepted

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

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

  3. EDEXCEL Level 2 BTEC First Diploma Children's Care, Learning and Development (only accepted if commenced prior to 2014)

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

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

  6. Level 2 Diploma in Children’s Care, Learning and Development (Wales and Northern Ireland)

  7. CACHE Level 2 Diploma in Childcare and Education (NQF) (only accepted if commenced prior to 2014)

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

  9. NVQ 2 Children’s Care, Learning and Development

  10. NVQ 2 Child Care and Education

  11. NVQ 2 Early Years Care and Education

  12. CACHE Certificate in Child Care and Education (CCE)

  13. First Diploma in Early Years / Nursery Nursing

  14. CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Child Care and Education

  15. NVQ 3 Children’s Care Learning and Development

  16. NVQ 3 Child Care and Education

  17. NVQ 3 Early Years Care and Education

  18. CACHE Diploma in Child Care and Education

  19. Diploma in Nursery Nursing Level 3

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

  21. Level 3 Certificate in Work with Children

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

  23. Diploma in Childcare and Education (DCE)

  24. National Certificate in Caring Services (Nursery Nursing)

  25. National Diploma in Caring Services (Nursery Nursing)

  26. National Certificate in Childhood Studies (Nursery Nursing)

  27. National Diploma in Childhood Studies (Nursery Nursing)

  28. National Certificate in Early Years

  29. National Diploma in Early Years

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

Other UK qualifications accepted

Workers moving to Wales who hold a qualification recognised by the Department of Education (England), the Northern Ireland Social Care Council or Scottish Social Service Council should complete aspects of the All Wales Induction Framework for Early Years and Childcare that are relevant to their role and the setting.

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.

All staff should receive an induction that includes health and safety, and child protection policies and procedures, during their first week of employment.