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If you are a childminder, parent, childcare practitioner or someone looking to advance your employability in the early years sector, we offer a range of qualifications to help you.

The Alliance has an excellent track record as a training provider — Ofsted inspectors observed that Alliance learners improve their employment prospects, develop strong vocational skills and gain confidence with dedicated support from our tutors.

And 96.6% of our learners said they would recommend our training to their friends and family.

Alliance member learners also receive regular discounts on courses.

We offer

Level 1

NCFE Cache Level 1 Award in Caring for Children (QCF)

This qualification is designed to stimulate and encourage learners' understanding of the skills required to care for children. They support the learner in preparing for the "next steps" either in training or moving towards the world of work. 

Level 2

NCFE CACHE Level 2 Certificate in Introduction to Early Years Education and Care (QCF)

This qualification prepares learners to work with children between birth and five years, with knowledge of children up to seven years.  It is ideal for practitioners just starting out in their career. There are a range of mandatory and optional units within this qualification under the following themes.

Theme 1: Introducing the Role of the Early Years Practitioner

Theme 2: Legislation, Framework and Professional Practice

Theme 3: Play, Development and Learning for School

Theme 4: Professional Development

Level 3 

NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Workforce (Early Years Educator) (QCF)

This qualification has been developed for people wanting to become Early Years Educators. This will enable them to work with and care for children from birth to 5 years and gain knowledge of children aged 5 to 7 years. Alliance members can now enjoy a discount of £150. 

NCFE CACHE Level 3 Award in preparing to Work in Home Based Childcare (QCF) 

This qualification prepares learners to set up a home based childcare setting. It is also suitable for learners who wish to be employed in home based childcare settings as childminding assistants or other home child carers (e.g. nannies, au pairs).       

Other training options for you

Smart Pd Professional Development Network EduCare

Contact us

Our advisors and tutors are here to help you choose the right training.

Email training.centre@pre-school.org.uk or call 01732 363070.

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The Alliance has sub-contracting arrangements with other training providers to broaden and enrich its offer to members and the public. Subcontracting partners will have a strong record of success, and share the ethos and values of the organisation, in particular in their commitment to learners, and their personal and professional development, and to the Alliance’s learning communities.

This document aims to provide clear information about Subcontracting Fees and Charging Policy that will be used when the Pre-school Learning Alliance works with subcontractors that deliver funded training and qualifications on behalf of the Charity.