Qualifications

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We have listed below the most common childcare qualifications. If you would like advice on any that are not listed here please call us. We do believe that a nanny does not always have to have a qualification to be great at her job. Therefore we are happy to register nannies that are not qualified as long as they have been working in a childcare position for at least two years and have fantastic references to support this.

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NNEB or CACHE - The Council for Awards in Childcare and Education


This is probably the most well known childcare qualification. Students will have completed a two year course with part of the course being spent in practical placements, including a family setting. It covers the ages 0-7 years and is full time.


The NNEB is now known as the CACHE Diploma in Childcare and Education.


CACHE also now runs a one year course in childcare and education.

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BTEC - National Diploma in Child Studies (Nursery Nursing)


This is again a two year full time course. Similar modules are covered to those in the above NNEB/CACHE course, including social work and teaching. BTEC also offer the lower level one year course BTEC National Certificate in Childhood Studies.

GNVQ's - National Vocational Qualifications:


There are varying levels of NVQ, the key points of which are highlighted below. It is important to note that NVQs are gained whilst in a working environment.

Level 2: Students complete units dealing with physical, emotional and social development of a child.


Level 3: This develops the students knowledge to a point where they are able to work with children without supervision. This is largely recognised to be equivalent to the CACHE (formerly NNEB).


Level 4: This level of NVQ would generally be undertaken by a Nanny wanting to work in a supervisory or managerial position.

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NAMCW - National Association of Maternal & Child Welfare


This course is available in both one and two year formats. The one year course covers basic aspects of childcare although would not prepare the student for a sole charge position. The two year course, however, is largely recognised to be equivalent to the CACHE (formerly NNEB).

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OCN Maternity Practitioner Award


This course is normally undertaken by those who already have a childcare qualification and want to develop their knowledge or by those wanting to work with newborn babies. The course is run over 3 days and then for 4 weeks at home after that. It has 4 different modules that cover care of the newborn baby, breastfeeding, and care of the mother.