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A supervised role providing a safe, stimulating learning environment. You’ll help with planned activities under the supervision of more experienced colleagues and will build relationships with parents. However, you need to progress to level 2 to be counted in a setting's ratios of qualified staff.

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A supervised role providing a safe, stimulating learning environment. You are likely to perform the Key Person role to ensure every child’s learning and care meets individual needs. You'll help with planned activities, assess the progress of children and build relationships with parents.

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This level qualifies you to manage a whole setting or a role with less responsibility such as a room leader. You may be required to supervise staff and take on a specific role such as Special Educational Needs Coordinator or Designated Safeguarding Officer. Practitioners without leadership responsibility are also encouraged to progress to level 3 to improve your practice.

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Level 5 is the next step for experienced level 3 practitioners to deepen your understanding of child development and improve your leadership. It’s also a step towards gaining a full degree and Early Years Teacher Status.

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Graduate Early Years Teachers support and mentor other practitioners to develop professionally, whilst modelling the skills and behaviours that safeguard and support children. Gaining Early Years Teachers Status will equip you with the skills to lead and improve practice within your early years setting, as well as to support and inspire those around you.

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Advanced Leadership Role (Level 5)

Level 5 is a stepping stone towards a full degree and Early Years Teacher Status. Suitable for experienced practitioners working directly with children aged 0 – 5 years in a range of early years settings. The courses cover all areas of care and development of young children. You need to hold a relevant level 3 qualification and be working in an early years setting.

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Early Years Foundation Degree, HND Advanced Practice in Work with Children and Families or HND Advanced Practice in Early Years (and) Education are level 5 early years qualifications.

Level 5 qualifications are a stepping stone towards a full degree and Early Years Teacher Status.

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Local colleges and other training providers offer level 5 early years qualifications to practitioners in Dorset. Visit the courses section of this website to search for training providers delivering the Level 5 Early Years Foundation Degree or HND Advanced Practice in Early Years.

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Full or partial funding may be available from your local authority to achieve a Level 5 qualification.

Additional notes / FAQ

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To progress from Level 5 to Early Years Teacher Status you need to hold GCSE Grade C or above in English, maths and science (or recognised equivalent). It's advisable to have these in place before you commence a Level 5 qualification. Visit the courses section of this website to search for training providers delivering GCSEs.

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Early Years Teacher Status (Level 6)

A graduate level status, Early Years Teachers support and mentor other practitioners to develop professionally, whilst demonstrating high level skills and behaviours that safeguard and support children. Responsible for leading the care, physical, social, emotional and intellectual learning for all the children in an early years setting.

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To gain Early Years Teachers Status you need a degree and GCSE Grade C or above in maths, English and science (or recognised equivalent). You will also be required to pass the same professional skills tests as classroom teachers.

Where can I train?

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Visit the Department for Education's Get into Teaching website for details (see factsheet).

What funding can I get?

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Funding varies depending on EYT route taken and can include bursaries, course fees and study release for employers. More information on funding can be found on the Department for Education's Get into Teaching website (see factsheet).

If you aspire to gain Early Years Teacher Status, but do not meet the GCSE requirements, you may be eligible for full funding towards gaining GCSEs. Visit the courses section of this website to search for training providers delivering GCSEs, they can advise if you are eligible for funding.

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Becoming an Early Years Teacher
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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Award in an Introduction to Early Years Settings or Certificate in Caring for Children (CACHE). These level 1 qualifications will provide you with a basic knowledge of childcare in early years environments.

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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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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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A level 1 playwork qualification is suitable for anyone just starting work in an out-of-school club or as a childminder caring for school aged children. It is also suitable for those with existing early years qualifications who wish to gain more skills and knowledge working with school aged children in a play setting.

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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.

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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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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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Certificate for the Children and Young People's Workforce or Certificate in an Introduction to Early Years Education and Care. These level 2 qualifications helps learners to build the knowledge and skills needed when working with children. It is a general qualification for the wider children’s workforce and will be excellent preparation for the Level 3 Early Educator qualification.

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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.

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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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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.

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Award, Certificate and Diploma in Playwork: An introduction to the primary aspects of working with 4 – 16yr olds in play environments. The Award will require 10 credits, the Certificate 25 credits and the Diploma 61 credits.

However, you are also able to work in an out-of-school clubs with an early years qualification, such as the level 2 Certificate in Working with Children and Young People's Workforce. If you choose that option you may wish to take the Play Way introductory playwork training course to give an overview of the principles of playwork.

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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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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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Diploma for the Early Years Practitioner, Diploma for Early Years Education and Care or Diploma for the Early Years Workforce. These Early Years Educator qualifications are designed to help learners build the knowledge and skills needed when working with children. They are built up of mandatory and optional units. You will be required to hold a level 2 in maths and English such as GCSE grade A*-C/4-9, (CSE Grade 1 or O level), functional or key skills.

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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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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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Award, Certificate and Diploma in Playwork: Provides in-depth information about the role of the playworker when working with children and young people between 4 – 16yrs of age. The Award will require 12 credits, the Certificate 32 credits and the Diploma 65 credits.

However you are also able to work in an out-of-school clubs with an early years qualification, such as the level 3 Diploma in Working with Children and Young People's Workforce. If you choose that option you may wish to gain the level 2 Playwork qualification to give an overview of the principals of playwork.

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 an out-of-school club
Childcare qualifications and training
Advanced Leadership Role (Level 5) , Early Years (0-5 years)

Level 5 is a stepping stone towards a full degree and Early Years Teacher Status. Suitable for experienced practitioners working directly with children aged 0 – 5 years in a range of early years settings. The courses cover all areas of care and development of young children. You need to hold a relevant level 3 qualification and be working in an early years setting.

Qualifications

Show details

Early Years Foundation Degree, HND Advanced Practice in Work with Children and Families or HND Advanced Practice in Early Years (and) Education are level 5 early years qualifications.

Level 5 qualifications are a stepping stone towards a full degree and Early Years Teacher Status.

Where can I train?

Show details

Local colleges and other training providers offer level 5 early years qualifications to practitioners in Dorset. Visit the courses section of this website to search for training providers delivering the Level 5 Early Years Foundation Degree or HND Advanced Practice in Early Years.

What funding can I get?

Show details

Full or partial funding may be available from your local authority to achieve a Level 5 qualification.

Additional notes / FAQ

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To progress from Level 5 to Early Years Teacher Status you need to hold GCSE Grade C or above in English, maths and science (or recognised equivalent). It's advisable to have these in place before you commence a Level 5 qualification. Visit the courses section of this website to search for training providers delivering GCSEs.

Factsheets

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Working in a day nursery or pre-school
Childcare qualifications and training
Becoming an Early Years Teacher
Early Years Teacher Status (Level 6) , Early Years (0-5 years)

A graduate level status, Early Years Teachers support and mentor other practitioners to develop professionally, whilst demonstrating high level skills and behaviours that safeguard and support children. Responsible for leading the care, physical, social, emotional and intellectual learning for all the children in an early years setting.

Qualifications

Show details

To gain Early Years Teachers Status you need a degree and GCSE Grade C or above in maths, English and science (or recognised equivalent). You will also be required to pass the same professional skills tests as classroom teachers.

Where can I train?

Show details

Visit the Department for Education's Get into Teaching website for details (see factsheet).

What funding can I get?

Show details

Funding varies depending on EYT route taken and can include bursaries, course fees and study release for employers. More information on funding can be found on the Department for Education's Get into Teaching website (see factsheet).

If you aspire to gain Early Years Teacher Status, but do not meet the GCSE requirements, you may be eligible for full funding towards gaining GCSEs. Visit the courses section of this website to search for training providers delivering GCSEs, they can advise if you are eligible for funding.

Additional notes / FAQ

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See factsheet below for full details.

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Becoming an Early Years Teacher
The DfE have worked with CACHE to develop an early years career progression map which details job roles and opportunities for practitioners who wish to progress their careers.

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Level 2-6

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Various training providers

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Check with training provider and local authority

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Information is also available for those already working in early years and childcare who want to encourage more people to get involved in raising awareness of a career in the secto

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Early years progression map
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