Childcare qualifications in Wales

Funding to train to become a childcare professional in Wales is available and there are number of qualifications to choose from.

Working with children can be a truly rewarding experience. If it's a career that you're pursuing or considering, having the right qualifications will help you give children you support the best start in life.

Children's Care, Learning and Development (CCLD) diplomas are the recognised qualifications for childcare professionals in Wales. Social Care Wales is the organisation that oversees these qualifications.

To gain a diploma, you have to complete a number of units, which assess your knowledge, skills and competence in working with children.

There are a range of diplomas in childcare which you can study in Wales. Each is aimed at different levels of childcare professional roles:

  • Level 2 diploma in children's care, learning and development is for childcare professionals who work or aim to work under supervision in early years and childcare settings, including daycare and sessional daycare and crèche.
  • Level 3 diploma in children's care, learning and development is aimed at childcare professionals in early years and childcare settings, including nursery workers, childminders and also supervisory roles, such as a deputy nursery or sessional
  • Level 5 diploma in children's care learning and development (advanced practice) is for senior practitioners who can demonstrate advanced practice within their settings.
  • Level 5 diploma in children's care learning and development (leadership and management) is for managers, deputy managers and assistant managers who work in early years and childcare settings.

Funding for training

Through our partnership working with Welsh Government and training providers we support those looking for funding to enable them to study for level 3 and 5 CCLD diplomas in Wales.

Read more on qualifications in Wales here.