Qualifications in playwork early education and childcare
There is a range of training available to help develop your career
Surrey Early Years and Childcare Service is committed to helping you gain qualifications from training providers who have signed up to our Training Provider Agreement. And we may be able to help pay for your qualification through the workforce development fund if you use one of these training providers. Our focus is on offering you choice, flexibility and support.
There are full and part time courses, college or workplace learning and an e-learning package so you'll be able to find something to suit you. And we run workshops if you don't want to do a full qualification. If you need any advice just contact your workforce development advisor or the Workforce Development Team, email email@example.com or call 01372 833900. You can also subscribe to the Way Ahead e-bulletin and we'll keep you up to date with our full range of qualifications.
Always check that a qualification you are interested in is full and relevant by going to Early Years Qualification List.
Find out more about the level of qualifications available and download a list of the qualifications offered by Surrey Early Years and Childcare Service recognised training providers (at the bottom of this page):
- Paediatric First Aid
- Level 3 qualifications in playwork early years education and childcare
- ILM Level 3 Diploma in Leadership and Management
- Foundation degrees in playwork early years education and childcare
- Level 6 and level 7 qualifications in playwork early years education and childcare
- Early Years Teacher (formerly Early Years Professional Status)
- Workforce Development Fund
- Professional Development Fair
- Workshops, conferences, forums and networks
At least one person who holds a current paediatric first aid certificate must be on the premises and available at all times, and must accompany children on outings (EYFS 01 September 2014, page 14). The training must be renewed every three years. It is the employer's duty to ensure that any training provider that they choose is competent to deliver the training and must cover the course content as for St John Ambulance or Red Cross paediatric first aid training. The Health and Safety Executive offers guidance on choosing a first aid training provider. A register of paediatric first aid providers can be found at The Register of Regulated Qualifications.
Level 3 qualifications are for those who work unsupervised, planning and organising their own work and perhaps supervising others. You might be working as a practitioner in an early years or playwork setting, or be a childminder working on your own at home. There are two level 3 qualifications available, the Level 3 Diploma for the Children and Young Peoples Workforce (early years pathway) and and the Level 3 Diploma in Playwork (if you work in a playwork setting - after school club, breakfast club, holiday playscheme). From September 2014, full and relevant Level 3 qualifications will include Early years Educator in their title. Before entry on to the course you will need to hold GCSE Grade C or above in maths and English (Language). For further information, please see the Department of Education's: Early Years Qualification List. To find training providers that offer GCSE English language and maths and Level 3 early years or playwork qualifications go to the bottom of the page.
Early Years and Childcare Service are offering the opportunity for current leaders and managers of private, voluntary and independent early year and playwork settings and childminders with at least two assistants to do a nationally recognised Institute of Leadership and Management Level 3 Diploma in Leadership and Management. There are a limited number of places available for this course which is being offered at a subsidised cost of £50
To find out more and to book your place on our information session held on Tuesday 18 November at 6.30 at High Ashurst Outdoor Education Centre, Dorking RH5 6DQ. email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01372 833900.
To download a flyer scroll to the bottom of this page.
What is a Foundation Degree?
Foundation degrees are higher education qualifications that combine academic study with work based learning. The first year of a foundation degree is at level 4, whilst the second year and the final qualification are recognised as level 5. Foundation degrees provide a career development route for practitioners who want to progress to senior positions within early years, childcare and playwork settings. To find training providers that offer Foundation degrees go to the bottom of the page.
Level 6 qualifications are higher education, graduate qualifications that demonstrate high level, specialist knowledge. A Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree is recognised as a level 6 qualification, as is Early Years Teacher Status (formerly Early Years Professional Status), which is recognised as a postgraduate qualification because you need a degree. Learning at this level involves a high level of professional knowledge, and is appropriate for practitioners in senior positions with strategic policy roles and those working towards Early Years Teacher. If you have completed a foundation degree you may be able to do a one year top up to BA (Hons). Ask the training providers you are interested in what your options are. To find training providers that offer level 6 qualifications go to the bottom of the page.
What is a level 7 qualification?
Level 7 qualifications are higher education, postgraduate qualifications that demonstrate highly developed and complex levels of knowledge. A Masters (MA) degree is recognised as a level 7 qualification. Learning at this level involves a high level specialist, professional knowledge, and is appropriate for senior strategic leaders and those responsible for commissioning integrated services at a regional level. To find training providers that offer level 7 qualifications go to the bottom of the page.
Training Provider Agreement
Surrey Early Years and Childcare Service is committed to making sure you can access high quality training. So we ask training providers to sign an agreement and meet our requirements. All the training providers listed on the downloads (below) meet these requirements and are Surrey Early Years and Childcare Service recognised training providers. If you apply for our workforce development fund you will need to use one of these training providers.
Files available to download
- Level 2 and Level 3 Early years qualifications 2014-2015 (81.0 KB)
Level 2 and Level 3 Early Years qualifications 2014-2015
- Foundation degree and higher education qualifications 2014-2015 (46.1 KB)
Foundation degree and higher education qualifications 2014-2015
- Level 2 and 3 Playwork Qualifications (30.2 KB)
Level 2 and 3 Playwork Qualifications
- ILM Level 3 Leadership and Management (129.2 KB)
ILM Level 3 Leadership and Management
- GCSE English and maths training providers (69.6 KB)
GCSE English and maths training providers