To undertake a diploma you must be working or volunteering in a relevant childcare setting to prove your competence in the workplace.

Qualifications in Children’s Care, Learning and Development at Diploma level 2, 3 & 5

Level 2 Diploma in Children’s Care, Learning and Development

Level 2 Diploma is aimed at practitioners who work or aim to work in a supervised role with children 0-19 years (and their families) in settings or services whose main purpose is children’s care, learning and development. Such job roles include playgroup assistants, nursery assistants, creche assistants, out of school childcare workers and cylch meithrin assistants.

To achieve this qualification, learners must achieve at least 39 credits.

Level 3 Diploma in Children’s Care, Learning and Development

Level 3 Diploma is aimed at practitioners who work in a supervisory role with children 0-19 years (and their families) in settings or services whose main purpose is children’s care, learning and development. Such job roles include playgroup leaders, nursery practitioners, managers, creche practitioners, out of school childcare practitioners / managers, and cylch meithrin leaders.

To achieve this qualification, learners must achieve at least 65 credits.

Level 5 Diploma in Children’s Care, Learning and Development

Level 5 Diploma is the new equivalent to the NVQ CCLD level 4. Learners who have achieved the level 4 are not expected to undertake the level 5 Diploma.

The level 5 is divided into 2 different qualifications, advanced practice and management. They are both aimed at senior practitioners, deputy managers and assistant managers.

However, the management qualification is more suited to managers of childcare settings whereas the advanced practice is more suitable to deputy managers who want to progress but are not yet the manager of the setting.

To achieve the Diploma Level 5 in Children's Care, Learning and Development (Advanced Practice) learners must achieve at least 80 credits.

To achieve the Diploma Level 5 in Children's Care, Learning and Development (Management) learners must achieve at least 90 credits.

CPD Units

There is an obligation to Continuous Professional Development (CPD). CPD is a structured approach to learning to help ensure competence to practice; taking in knowledge, skills and practical experience.

We offer formal structured learning activities for all levels:

Level 2 qualified are able to undertake individual units at level 3 which can then be used towards a full level 3 qualification.

Level 3 qualified are able to undertake units at level 4/5 which can then be used towards a full level 5 qualification.

Completion of units achieve credits.  Learners can undertake as many single units as desired as these credits can be accumulated and used towards achieving a full qualification. It offers learners the opportunity to undertake bitesize learning at their own pace. 

Qualification Costs

The Early Years and Family Support Services Training Center attract funding on an annual basis to enable learners to undertake the qualification. The conditions of the funding changes for each financial year and whether you are eligible will depend on the criteria set at the time. 

If you are interested in applying to undertake one of the above qualifications or units, please complete the Children's Care, Learning and Development (CCLD ) application form

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