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Qualifications and training


Training is vital whether you are looking to:

  • Progress in your career
  • Learn new skills for your current role
  • Refresh your knowledge of safeguarding and other key areas

Working towards a qualification provides a good framework for your learning and enables you to evidence the skills you've learned. Choosing an appropriate level is essential to ensure both you and your employer benefit from the qualification.
Please take a look at the accredited courses in the download section for more information.

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Each awarding body will vary in their delivery but all providers will follow the minimum requirements for the award. Students will be need to show competence in a real workplace situation (under assesor observation), complete written assignments, evidence professional records and may also be required to complete a longitudinal study.

Before choosing your assessment centre, clarify the support you will receive and discuss with your manager. Does the qualification have the right level of support for you? The key information you need to know is:  

  • How long will you have to complete the qualification?
  • How often will your assessor visit you in the workplace?
  • How will they support you to complete your assignments?
  • Does the provider offer additional sessions around the subject topic?

Details of our training partners for 2017/18 and other colleges and assessment centres is available for download in the sidebar.

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Paediatric first aid training is intended for anyone working in an early years setting. All providers must meet the content and delivery standards set out in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) statutory framework (April 2017). First aid courses do not need local authority approval but we do recommend you follow the EYFS guidance to choosing your training provider in the sidebar.

All newly qualified entrants to the early years workforce who have completed a level 2 and/or level 3 qualification on or after 30 June 2016, must have either a full paediatric first aid (PFA) certificate or an emergency PFA certificate within three months of starting work in order to be included in the required staff:child ratios at level 2 or level 3 in an early years setting. PFA training must be renewed every three years and be relevant for workers caring for young children and, where relevant, babies.

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If you are interested in exploring training opportunities and vacancies in the county, please download our newsletter from the sidebar. All courses advertised are open to Ofsted registered childcare settings. 

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Last updated: 8 November 2017 | Last reviewed: 8 November 2017