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Early Years and Childcare careers, courses and qualifications

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)

The EYFS Framework sets standards for the learning, development and care of children from birth to 5 years old. All schools and Ofsted-registered early years providers must follow the EYFS, including childminders, preschools, nurseries and school reception classes.

The following link provides information about the qualifications that can currently be achieved in England: 

Qualifications achieved in the United Kingdom - GOV.UK (

There is flexibility and options if you would like to obtain an Early Years and Childcare qualification, both online and in-person.

Courses are available at:

Westminster Kingsway College

Westminster Adult Education Service

Morley College

Alternatively, information about careers in early years and childcare can be found via the following websites:

Nursery World


If you are seeking for an opportunity that allows you to earn while you learn, then an apprenticeship may be the right option for you. Find out more:

Early Years Educator apprenticeships

If you would like to start a childminding business:

Becoming a childminder

Setting up a home-based childcare business course

HMRC courses for childminders


If you are a nanny or have employed a nanny and are looking for courses to support their career development, there are many sources of information about courses.

Alternatively attend our 'Setting up a home based childcare service' course to register on the voluntary part of the Childcare register with Ofsted, there is an annual charge. Also use a reputable search engine to find nanny agencies that offer training.

Do you need further advice or guidance?

Whether it is becoming a childminder or working in an early years setting the Early Education and Childcare Service can help. Call on 07971 625922 or email to find out more.

Last Updated 06/11/2023

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