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Volunteer or Assistant (Level 1) , Early Years (0-5 years)

Childcare settings can employ a percentage of unqualified staff, but they usually seek staff at level 2 as a minimum. However, if you need to boost your confidence before starting at level 2, you can start with a basic level 1 qualification.

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As level 1 is optional (most start at level 2), there are very few training providers offering this level in and around Dorset. Visit the courses section of this website to search for training providers delivering the Level 1 Award in an Introduction to Early Years Settings or Certificate in Caring for Children.

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Full or partial funding may be available to achieve Level 1 qualifications. Talk to a range of training providers about your eligibility.

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Most childcare qualifications are work based, so your first step is to look for a job or volunteering opportunities. This website advertises job vacancies and training providers have links with childcare settings that offer voluntary opportunities.

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Childcare qualifications and training
Volunteer or Assistant (Level 1) Playwork Qualification (5 years +)

Childcare settings can employ a percentage of unqualified staff, but they usually seek staff at level 2 as a minimum.

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Where can I train?

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As level 1 is optional (most people choose to start at level 2), there are very few training providers offering this level. Visit the courses section of this website to search for training providers delivering the Level 2 Playwork qualification.

What funding can I get?

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Full or partial funding may be available to achieve playwork qualifications. Talk to a range of training providers about your eligibility.

Additional notes / FAQ

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Most childcare qualifications are work based, so your first step is to look for a job or volunteering opportunities. This website advertises job vacancies and training providers have links with childcare settings that offer voluntary opportunities.

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Working in a day nursery or pre-school
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Volunteer or Assistant (Level 2) , Early Years (0-5 years)

Childcare settings can employ a percentage of unqualified staff, but you are strongly encouraged as a minimum to start at level 2, and eventually progress to level 3 (and even beyond if you get the bug!). These qualifications will equip you with the skills needed to help children reach their full potential and to develop your career.

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Where can I train?

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Most childcare qualifications will be gained while you work in a setting. There are a number of local colleges, private training providers and national distance learning centres that offer level 2 early years qualifications. Visit the courses section of this website to search for training providers delivering the Level 2 qualifications.

What funding can I get?

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Full or partial funding may be available to achieve early years qualifications. Talk to a range of training providers about your eligibility.

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Depending on your experience and qualifications you could even start at level 3 rather than level 2. If you have a degree you may consider gaining Early Years Teacher Status. Training Providers will offer guidance on the best level for you to start.

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Working in a day nursery or pre-school
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Volunteer or Assistant (Level 2) Playwork Qualification (5 years +)

Childcare settings can employ a percentage of unqualified staff, but you are strongly encouraged as a minimum to start at level 2, and eventually progress to level 3 (and even beyond if you get the bug!). These qualifications will equip you with the skills needed to help children reach their full potential and to develop your career.

Qualifications

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Where can I train?

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Most childcare qualifications will be gained while you work in a setting. There are a number of local colleges, private training providers and national distance learning centres that offer level 2 playwork qualifications. Visit the courses section of this website to search for training providers delivering the Level 2 Award, Certificate and Diploma in Playwork.

What funding can I get?

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Full or partial funding may be available to achieve early years and playwork qualifications. Talk to a range of training providers about your eligibility.

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Depending on your experience and qualifications you could even start at level 3. Training providers will offer guidance.

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Working in a day nursery or pre-school
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Leadership Roles or Childminding (Level 3) , Early Years (0-5 years)

Level 3 is the minimum qualification level needed to hold a leadership role in early years .

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Most childcare qualifications will be gained while you work in a setting. There are a number of local colleges, private training providers and national distance learning centres that offer the level 3 early years educator qualifications. Visit the courses section of this website to search for training providers delivering either the Diploma for the Early Years Practitioner or Diploma for Early Years Education and Care.

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Full or partial funding may be available to achieve early years qualifications. Talk to a range of Training Providers about your eligibility.

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There are also some specialist qualifications such as Montessori at Level 3 and above.

Managers and leaders may also consider gaining leadership and management qualifications.

If you aspire to progress to Level 5, 6 and Early Years Teacher Status in the future you need to hold GCSE Grade C or above in maths, English and science (or recognised equivalent). Contact Training Providers. Visit the courses section of this website to search for training providers delivering GCSEs.

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Working in a day nursery or pre-school
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Becoming a registered childminder
Leadership Roles or Childminding (Level 3) Playwork Qualification (5 years +)

Level 3 is the minimum qualification level needed to hold a leadership role playwork.

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Where can I train?

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Most childcare qualifications will be gained while you work in a setting. There are a number of local colleges, private training providers and national distance learning centres that offer level 3 playwork qualifications. Visit the courses section of this website to search for training providers delivering the Level 3 Award, Certificate and Diploma in Playwork.

What funding can I get?

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Full or partial funding may be available to achieve early years and playwork qualifications. Talk to a range of training providers about your eligibility.

Additional notes / FAQ

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Managers and leaders may also consider gaining leadership and management qualifications.

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Working in a day nursery or pre-school
Childcare qualifications and training
Becoming an Early Years Teacher
Becoming a registered childminder