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.
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.