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.


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.


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.


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).


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.