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Training & Development

Croydon Council is a supportive and well developed council when it comes to training and developing childminders. Croydon has an expectation that after the compulsory registration training childminders continue to develop professionally. Continuing training is vital if childminders are to be more widely recognised as the busy, professional people that they are.

There are lots of short courses and one day training sessions available to give you new confidence and ideas. These sessions are delivered at a variety of venues and times to suit the lives of all working childminders. Courses cover essential knowledge and help extend your experience into areas you may not have explored before. You will need to consider how you are going to accommodate self-development into your busy schedule and be prepared to give up some of your evening or weekend time if you can’t make courses during the week. Although this can be exhausting you are likely to enjoy yourself once you get there and will get a lot out of any training course you attend. Below are some reasons to help convince you and parents why attending training is beneficial to everyone.

If you want to find out more about the training provided by Croydon Council please contact for a full list of available courses.

Registered Childminders

Training is an invaluable tool available for you as a childminder. There are a huge variety of courses out there some of which are provided by Croydon Council, others through different training providers such as colleges and universities. PACEY also provides courses in the form of Webinars and online courses.

Benefits to you and the families you work with.

Sometimes it’s hard to convince parents of the benefits of having to find alternative care for their child so you can attend training. Consider including time off for training in your contract at the beginning so they are already aware you want to develop yourself professionally. However, it is good for both you and their family in the long term. Below are some reasons that may help convince you…and the parents you work with.

  1. Anything you learn on a training course will help you improve the service you offer to parents. It can be something as simple sounding as how to create interesting activities for children to more complex skills such as managing your accounts. If you can run your business more effectively it works in everyone’s favour.
  2. Research has shown that children do better when those looking after them are better qualified (CWDC and PACEY Websites). If you are better trained you will be more confident in your own abilities which will be reflected back from the children in your care.
  3. Professional development is something that is open to everyone in the childcare industry and childminders are no exception. The government wants to increase the standard of early years provision and this can only be done by people choosing to broaden their skills
  4. Training courses often lead to increased motivation to succeed as your new skills can be implemented and you become excited about the things you have learnt. Being confident about yourself is visible to others around you.
  5. New understanding in how children develop, how children with special needs can be helped and how to get the best out of children in your care is evolving all the time. Keeping up to date with new thinking helps ensure you have the most current knowledge and can apply it to your service.
  6. Some training courses are legal requirements such as First Aid and First Steps in Childminding and some are required if you want to join the Childminding Network. A Network Childminder can open spaces to the government’s free childcare places which can be a help to parents too.
  7. Attending courses such as safeguarding children and health and safety all help you to understand more about how to keep children safe. A parent wouldn’t expect any less from you but training can give you deeper understanding in areas that can be sensitive and which require confidence and clear knowledge.
  8. You get certificates to show what you’ve achieved which can be displayed in your portfolio for parents, Ofsted and most importantly for you to see – be proud of yourself and others will be too.

Professional Courses

Childcare is a dynamic and changing world – especially since the introduction of the EYFS. The government and parents are all keen to see the standards raised and there are many further qualifications you can get which help move the industry upwards. By 2015 the expectation is that anyone working in childcare must have a level 3 NVQ. Below is a table giving you guidance on what each level means. You can improve your qualifications and find out more by giving the Training and Development officer a call.

Additional Needs/Support

It is not unusual for people taking Level 3 qualifications to need more support to help them to learn. For example, you may have dyslexia or English as a Second Language. Training providers are required to help you to succeed and will often offer support, such as record your answers on tape or provide an assessor who speaks your home language. Make sure you ask what help they can offer when you enquire about their courses.

NQF Level Examples of qualifications What they give you
  • Entry level certificates
  • English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)
  • Skills for Life
  • Functional Skills at entry level (English, maths and ICT)
  • Basic knowledge and skills
  • Ability to apply learning in everyday situations
  • Not geared towards specific occupations
  • GCSEs grades D-G
  • BTEC Introductory Diplomas and Certificates
  • OCR Nationals
  • Key Skills level 1
  • NVQs at level 1
  • Skills for Life
  • basic knowledge and skills
  • ability to apply learning with guidance or supervision
  • may be linked to job competence
  • GCSEs grades A*-C
  • BTEC First Diplomas and Certificates
  • OCR Nationals
  • Key Skills level 2
  • NVQs at level 2
  • Skills for Life
  • Good knowledge and understanding of a subject
  • Ability to perform variety of tasks with some guidance or supervision
  • Appropriate for many job roles
  • A levels
  • Advanced Extension Awards
  • GCE in applied subjects
  • International Baccalaureate
  • Key Skills level 3
  • NVQs at level 3
  • BTEC Diplomas, Certificates and Awards
  • BTEC Nationals
  • OCR Nationals
  • Ability to gain or apply a range of knowledge, skills and understanding, at a detailed level
  • Appropriate if you plan to go to university, work independently, or (in some cases) supervise and train others in their field of work
  • NVQs at level 4
  • BTEC Professional Diplomas, Certificates and Awards
  • Specialist learning, involving detailed analysis of a high level of information and knowledge in an area of work or study
  • Appropriate for people working in technical and professional jobs, and/or managing and developing others
  • HNCs and HNDs
  • NVQs
  • BTEC Professional Diplomas, Certificates and Awards
  • Ability to increase the depth of knowledge and understanding of an area of work or study, so you can respond to complex problems and situations
  • Involves high level of work expertise and competence in managing and training others
  • Appropriate for people working as higher grade technicians, professionals or managers
  • National Diploma in Professional Production Skills
  • BTEC Advanced Professional Diplomas, Certificates and Awards
  • Honours Degrees
  • A specialist, high-level knowledge of an area of work or study, to enable you to use your own ideas and research in response to complex problems and situations
  • Appropriate for people working as knowledge-based professionals or in professional management positions
  • Diploma in Translation
  • BTEC Advanced Professional Diplomas, Certificates and Awards
  • Postgraduate Degrees
  • Highly developed and complex levels of knowledge, enabling you to develop original responses to complicated and unpredictable problems and situations
  • Appropriate for senior professionals and managers
  • Specialist awards
  • Opportunity to develop new and creative approaches that extend or redefine existing knowledge or professional practice
  • Appropriate for leading experts or practitioners in a particular field

Cache can offer NVQ courses whilst Degree courses can be offered by a variety of institutions. Information on funding is below.

The Open University offers professional development courses for early years practitioners including courses such as the E100. This is a professional development course for anyone working in the Early Years and can help you towards a foundation degree. Click the link to explore the options available.

The Children’s Workforce Development Council also offers information on professional development including the new Early Years Professional Status. The government’s aim is to have an early years professional in every day care setting or for an EYPS to be available for each setting.

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