Childcare qualifications

Completing a qualification in childcare will help you to understand more about your role and the environment you work in, enhancing the service you provide to children and their families.

The benefits of gaining a childcare qualification include:

  • more opportunities for professional development and career progression, such as moving into more senior or specialist roles
  • a greater sense of confidence in your professional knowledge and skills
  • increased satisfaction and fulfilment from your work.

It can be possible to work in childcare without a childcare qualification, although more and more settings ask for qualified staff. There are lots of childcare qualifications available in the UK. We can help you to understand the different options and which would be the best training pathway for you to follow.

Thank you all so very much at PACEY for helping me and everyone else you have supported in our qualifications to be able to be selected for an Award like this.

Darren, Nursery World Award Winner 2015

Training pathways

Whether you want to set up as a childminder running your own business; manage a nursery; specialise in caring for children with additional needs; or work as a nanny, there are training and professional development opportunities that will support you on this journey. Discover more about how we can support your career in childcare.

Online vocational qualifications and apprenticeships

Find out more about online vocational qualifications and apprenticeships in England from our partners The Childcare Company; including level 3 to 5 diplomas. Information for Wales qualifications and apprenticeships is available on our Training in Wales page.

Higher education

If you've already gained a level 3 qualification, you might want to consider going on to complete a degree in childcare and early years. Find out more about access to higher education.

Early years teaching

Are you interested in becoming an early years teacher in England? Find out more about what’s involved in early years teaching and the training options available to you.  If you live in Wales information is available on the Discover Teaching website.