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Current qualification accepted

Required by National Minimum Standards:

The National Minimum Standards state: ‘the person in charge has at least a level 3 qualification recognised on the Care Council for Wales’ current list of Accepted Qualifications for the Early Years and Childcare Workforce in Wales or Skills Active’s Integrated Qualification Framework for Play work (or any lists which supersede them), which is appropriate to the post’. The ‘recognised’ qualifications are listed on this framework.

  1. City and Guilds Level 4 Preparing for Leadership and Management in Children’s Care, Play, Learning and Development

plus

  1. City and Guilds Level 5 Leadership and Management of Children’s Care, Play, Learning and Development: Practice

or

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

plus one of the following

  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 qualifications at level 3 or above listed for sessional day care workers on this framework plus:

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

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

Proportion of workforce required by regulation – 100%.

Before their appointment, a person in charge (the manager) must have at least 2 years’ experience of working in a sessional day care setting.

Other qualifications accepted

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

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

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

  4. CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Child Care and Education

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

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

  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. CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Playgroup Practice in Wales

  23. CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Early Years Care and Education (Welsh medium)

  24. CACHE Level 3 in Preschool Practice

  25. 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.

However, employers should ensure that any other UK qualification meets the criteria set out in this Qualification Framework before accepting it for employment.

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.