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There are many ways to gain other formal qualifications in childcare if that is the route you wish to take. Below is a rough guide to what is available.

BTEC Diploma

BTEC is a recognised and reputable qualification across the UK. Courses providing qualifications up to Level 3 in Childcare, Learning and Development are available in colleges around the country.

www.floodlight.co.uk can help find a course in your local area.

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CACHE (NNEB)

CACHE stands for the Council for Award in Childcare and Education, formed in 1994 by the merging of the National Nursery Examination Board (NNEB) and the Council for Early Years Awards. CACHE is the leading specialist Awarding Organisation for the Care and Education Sector that develop recognised and approved courses and qualifications in childcare.

Find out more at www.cache.org.uk

NVQ

An NVQ (National Vocational Qualification) is a work and competency based qualification, completed based on practical skills in a workplace setting. NVQs are designed to help gain the specific skills and knowledge required to do the job. It is not an academic qualification but it is recognised.

www.cityandguilds.com can provide more information.

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Montessori

The Montessori Method is a holistic approach to child development that encourages development at the child’s own pace; physically, intellectually, socially and emotionally. Developed by Maria Montessori at the beginning of the 20th century, it is renowned and recognised internationally.

Find out more at www.montessori.org.uk

Childcare Degrees

Studying for a degree in Childcare can be a rewarding experience which gives you a professional qualification valued by employers. Most students start on an Early Years Foundation Degree which consists of theoretical and practical learning. Following the foundation degree, some students then choose to complete a BA (hons) in a related childcare subject. You will usually need relevant experience working with children when applying for a degree in childcare.

Take a look at prospects for volunteering and placement opportunities here.

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Nanny academies

There are also two renowned nanny academies in England, each providing graduates with their own recognised and highly regarded qualification, Norland College in Bath, and Chiltern College in Reading. Graduate nannies from these academies are highly sought after.

Find out more about Norland: www.norland.co.uk

Find out more about Chiltern: www.chilterncollege.com