The manager would be the person responsible for setting the operational direction and organising the effective running of the day care provision. The manager will normally be the “person in charge” and may be the “registered person”.
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Last updated: 31 August 2023
Current qualification accepted
Required by National Minimum Standards:
The National Minimum Standards state: ‘the person in charge has at least a level 3 childcare qualification recognised on the Social Care Wales’s Qualification Framework’ or The Playwork Education and Training Council for Wales List of Required Qualifications for Playwork (or any lists which supersede them) which is appropriate to the post.
WJEC Level 2 Children's Care, Play, Learning and Development: Core
plus one of the following
City and Guilds Level 3 Children’s Care, Play, Learning and Development: Practice
WJEC Level 3 Children’s Care, Play, Learning and Development: Practice and Theory
University of South Wales: BA Early Years Education and Practice (with Early Years Practitioner status)
University of South Wales: Fd Early Years Education and Practice (with Early Years Practitioner status)
Cardiff Metropolitan University: BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies with Early Years Practice Status (EYPS)
Cardiff Metropolitan University: BA (Hons) Early years education and professional practice with EYPS
Glyndwr University: Fd Early Childhood Studies (EYPS)
University Trinity St Davids: BA Early Years Education and Care: Early Years Practitioner Status
Swansea University: Early Childhood Studies with Early years practitioner
Aberystwyth University: BA Early Childhood Studies with Early Years Practitioner Status
University Trinity St David’s: HE Diploma Early Years Education and Care: Early Years Practitioner Status
Prifysgol Caerdydd: BA (Anrh) Addysg Gynnar ac Ymarferydd Proffesiynol gyda Statws Ymarferydd Blynyddoedd Cynnar (bi-lingual)
Pryfysgol Cymru y Drindod Dewi Sant: BA Addysg a Gofal Blynyddoedd Cynnar: Statws Ymarferydd Blynyddoedd Cynnar (available through the medium of Welsh)
Swansea University: Early Childhood Studies With Early Years Practitioner Status with a Year Abroad
Recommended for practice:
To raise the standards within early years and childcare settings and to reflect the ambition of the Welsh government, the following qualifications are recommended for practice as managers.
City and Guilds Level 4 Preparing for Leadership and Management in Children’s Care, Play, Learning and Development
City and Guilds Level 5 Leadership and Management of Children’s Care, Play, Learning and Development: Practice
City and Guilds Level 4 Professional Practice in Children's Care, Play, Learning and Development
Before their appointment, a person in charge (the manager) must have at least 2 years’ experience of working in a day care setting.
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.
Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Children’s Care, Learning and Development (Management) Wales and Northern Ireland
Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Children’s Care, Learning and Development (Advanced Practice) Wales and Northern Ireland
Level 3 Diploma in Children’s Care, Learning and Development (Wales and Northern Ireland)
CACHE Extended Diploma in Children’s Care, Learning and Development
EDEXCEL BTEC Level 3 National Certificate/Diploma Children’s Care, Learning and Development – CCLD (only if commenced prior to 2014)
CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Child Care and Education
NVQ 3 Children’s Care Learning and Development
NVQ 3 Child Care and Education
NVQ 3 Early Years Care and Education
CACHE Diploma in Child Care and Education
Diploma in Nursery Nursing Level 3
Award in Early Years and Child Care for Play Workers (transitional awards)
Level 3 Certificate in Work with Children
CACHE Diploma in Nursery Nursing (DNN) (was NNEB)
Diploma in Childcare and Education (DCE)
National Certificate in Caring Services (Nursery Nursing)
National Diploma in Caring Services (Nursery Nursing)
National Certificate in Childhood Studies (Nursery Nursing)
National Diploma in Childhood Studies (Nursery Nursing)
National Certificate in Early Years
National Diploma in Early Years
* These qualifications do not meet the design principles (i.e. based on National Occupational Standards and that competence is assessed in the workplace) to practice within an early years and childcare setting and are therefore not accepted unless:
They were commenced prior to 2010 for specific job roles
Or they are held by those working within Foundation Phase services.
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.