Training and Qualifications

Training Newsletter

Training information and updates for early years practitioners

Check Qualifications

There has been an update on the government website regarding the guidance for early years qualifications, which you should be aware of. Check early years qualifications – GOV.UK (

It appears that last year, due to the Coronavirus restrictions, NCFE CACHE gave the option for the level 2 (Early Years Practitioner) and the level 3 (Early Years Educator) qualifications to be completed as ‘knowledge only’ without the need to complete the work placement competencies. As such, the CACHE level 2 and level 3 qualifications are not a licence to practice if they have been awarded with ‘knowledge only’ shown on the certificate. There will be an option for learners to update this at a later date by completing their work placement competencies and upgrading their qualification to the full licence to practice.

Regarding the BTEC level 2 and 3 qualifications; BTEC insisted on work placement competencies being completed, so some students will not have qualified as yet. However, providers can be assured that BTEC have not awarded any qualifications as ‘knowledge only’ and as such those qualifications will still meet the full and relevant criteria for early years with a licence to practice.

L3 SENCo Qualification

The Early Years and Childcare Service are offering a second opportunity to access an NCFE Cache L3 Award for Special Educational Needs Coordinator training, to support their setting SENCo. See the SENDCo page for more details.