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Children and Young People's Workforce

Raising Childcare Standards through Training

These qualifications are intended to develop knowledge and skills relating to the children and young people’s workforce in early learning and childcare, social care and learning development and support services.

These qualifications consist of mandatory units which cover child development, health, safety and safeguarding, equality and inclusion, child health and first aid and good child care practice. The optional units allow the learner to tailor the qualification to their role and their interests.


The Level 2 Children and Young People’s Workforce, is for those wishing to start their career in working with children and young people.  This qualification is the minimum requirement to enter the workforce for children and young people. It ensures a good understanding of child care and development and how to put that into practice. 

Suitable Audience:

  • New staff to Health and Social care
  • Newly recruited Apprentices
  • Existing staff needing to update knowledge

Core units

  • Contribute to the Support of Child and Young Person Development
  • Contribute to Children and Young People’s Health and Safety
  • Contribute to the Support of Positive Environments for Children and Young People
  • Understand Partnership Working in Services for Children and Young People
  • Introduction to Communication in Health, Social Care or Children’s and Young People’s Settings
  • Introduction to Personal Development in Health, Social Care or Children’s and Young People’s Settings
  • Introduction to Equality and Inclusion in Health, Social Care or Children’s and Young People’s Settings
  • Child and Young Person Development
  • Safeguarding the Welfare of Children and Young People
  • Maintain and Support Relationships with Children and Young People
  • Support Children and Young People’s Positive Behaviour

Level 3 is for those wishing to further develop their career in child care and potentially move in to a more senior role. The Early Learning and Childcare pathway meets the qualifications requirements stated in the Early Years Foundation Stage Statutory Framework, and the Social Care pathway meets the National Care Standards requirements. At level 3 workers gain an in-depth knowledge of child care and development, and are expected to promote good practice in all aspects of their work.

 Suitable Audience:

  • More experience staff wishing to progress
  • Fast track staff with previous experience
  • Group leader

Core units

  • Understand Children’s Early Years Education and Development
  • Implementing Early Years Foundation Stage
  • Diversity, Equality and Inclusion in Early Years Settings
  • Plan and Provide Effective Teaching and Learning in Early Years Settings
  • Make Accurate and Productive Use of Assessment in Early Years Settings
  • Develop Effective and Informed Professional Practice in Early Years Settings
  • Promote the Health, Safety and Well-being of Children in Early Years Settings
  • Child Protection and Safeguarding
  • Partnership Working in Early Years

Level 4 is aimed at individuals who aspire to work in roles that involve supporting and facilitating positive outcomes for children, young people, and their families. This level of training is often pursued by Professionals experienced staff  seeking more specialised and advanced skills in fields such as social work, child protection, youth work, family support, or related areas.

Suitable Audience:

  • Apprentices
  • Social Workers
  • Youth Workers
  • Child Protection Workers
  • Family Support Workers

Core Units

  • Conduct Assessment of Complex Needs
  • Create Intervention Plans and Referrals
  • Implement Family-Centered Practices
  • Promote Collaboration and Multidisciplinary Teamwork
  • Apply Evidence-Based Approaches
  • Engage in Reflective Practice
  • Conduct Outcome Evaluation

  Entry Requirements – Undertake the Disclosure and Barring Service process and provide the result