Online vocational qualifications and apprenticeships

Qualifications and education can bring benefits - to you and to the children you care for. Our Building Blocks survey of childcare professionals has confirmed that.

As your professional association, it is our role to support you to deliver the highest levels of care to the children in your setting. For many of our members, learning about the many aspects of childcare is a way to improve both their knowledge and their practice.

For childcarers in Wales

Discover more about the Level 3 diploma in Children's Care, Learning and Development

For childcarers in England

To expand the range of training available to our members, PACEY and established online provider The Childcare Company have joined forces to offer apprenticeships and vocational qualifications.

There are a number of funding options available for The Childcare Company courses, with full funding available for eligible learners. For more details, visit the funding page of The Childcare Company’s website or call their team on 01753 596 004.


Find out more about the qualifications available here.

Level 2 Certificate in an Introduction to Early Years Education and Care (Early Years Educator)

The aim of this qualification is to prepare learners to work with children between birth and 5 years, with knowledge of children up to 7. Learners could also progress on to the CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Early Years Education and Care or the CACHE Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Workforce.

This qualification is suitable for a range of learners from the age of 16 onwards who have little or no experience in childcare.

For more information and to register your interest click here.

Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Workforce (Early Years Educator)                             

This qualification covers everything you need to become an Early Years Educator. Designed for those who have little experience in childcare and wish to work with children aged 0-5 years, you will learn how to provide a safe, nurturing and supportive environment for children during this important stage of their development. The course will enable you to work with and care for children from birth to 5 years, and you will also gain knowledge of children aged 5-7 years.

This CACHE qualification replaces the Level 3 Diploma for the Children and Young People’s Workforce and sets the standards for all childcare and early years professionals. Upon completing the course you can progress into a wide range of job roles in the statutory, voluntary or private sectors, including practising in day nurseries, nursery schools, reception classes in primary schools, pre-schools, or working as a home-based childcarer. 

All candidates will need to have achieved GCSEs at grade C or above in English and maths by the time they complete their EYE course. Find out more here.

You can read the full EYE qualification criteria here.

To register your interest, complete the enquiry form on The Childcare Company website.

NCFE/Cache Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement Qualification.

Have you considered assessing in childcare as a career pathway for you? If you're looking for a new challenge, or are considering a job move into training or assessing, this could be the course for you.

Discover more about the qualification here.

Level 4 Early Years Advanced Practitioner Certificate

This Level 4 qualification is the perfect opportunity for any early years practitioner who already holds a Level 3 to further develop their skills and understanding. 

The course covers a range of early year’s topics including:

  • Enabling children to learn
  • Working with families and other professionals
  • Implementing change
  • Physical activity
  • Nutrition
  • Special educational needs (SEND)

The content is a powerful tool towards solidifying your skills in leadership, mentoring, coaching and reflection.

To learn more about the course structure and requirements, please contact The Childcare Company on 01753 596 004 or

Places on this course are limited so apply now and expand your future in early years. Simply download and complete the application form and return it to the enrolment team at

Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management

Suitable for those who wish to gain the knowledge and skills required to manage a practice and lead others in either health and social care, or children and young people’s services. It has six pathways and covers a wide range of topics including; Safeguarding and protection; Developing and carrying out policy; Managing care services, change programmes and recruitment and Care management.

In order to be able to complete the Level 5 Diploma learners will need to be working in the role of Deputy or Manager in an appropriate setting, or have the opportunity to carry out responsibilities associated with these roles.

For full details, please read the course factsheet.  

To register your interest, complete the enquiry form on The Childcare Company website or you can email or call 01753 596 004

Level 3 Transition to Playwork

The qualification is based on the National Occupational Standards for Playwork and has been developed for early years practitioners who would like to broaden their knowledge and work in playwork settings.

The units cover the theories and principles of play and playwork and how to support the needs and rights of children to create diverse, inclusive play environments. They also cover how to support children and young people to manage risk, establishing and maintaining links with other organisations and individuals, and organisational frameworks.

For more information, please read the course factsheet.

To register your interest, complete the enquiry form on The Childcare Company website.

Level 2 and 3 Supporting Teaching and Learning

At Award level, this qualification is suitable for learners not yet in a school role or those newly in post. At Certificate level, this course is suitable for teaching assistants, learning support assistants or those in similar role at Level 3.

For more information, please read the Level 2 or Level 3 factsheet.

To register your interest, complete the enquiry form on The Childcare Company website.

Level 2 and 3 Diploma in Business Administration

Ideal for all those who are working in the office of a childcare setting, or have administrative responsibilities and wish to gain a qualification to support this.

To register your interest, complete the enquiry form on The Childcare Company website.


Apprenticeships offer those who want to move into the childcare sector a chance to learn in a real work environment and also earn a small wage at the same time. Apprenticeships are available to people who have never worked in childcare before, as well as existing childcare providers who want to achieve a childcare qualification.

To discuss your eligibility for apprenticeship funding and to request an application form, please contact The Childcare Company on 01753 596004 or email

I completed my Level 3 Diploma in March 2015. The Childcare Company are outstanding; tutors are very supportive and the company provided webinars for support which made learning simple and easy to understand. Thanks so much!” Violet Gillum

If you are an employer, you may want to consider hiring an apprentice for your workplace. The Childcare Company FREE apprenticeship recruitment service is utilised by employers throughout the UK, and has provided new staff for nurseries, pre-schools, childminders and after-school clubs. Employers have the opportunity to advertise for apprentices using the National Apprenticeship Service website without having to devote time to the recruitment process. It is of no cost to the employer, and the dedicated Apprenticeship Recruitment Manager will manage each step of the process for you. All you need to do is select your perfect candidate!

The whole process to date has been smooth and trouble free. We found three high quality apprentices in a very short space of time, two of whom have already started work: fitting in brilliantly with our staff team and adored by the children!” Chestnuts Childcare & Training Ltd

The Childcare Company is a training provider formed by childcare industry professionals and delivers apprenticeships and vocational qualifications. Each qualification is available to learners across the UK and consistent one to one support from an expert tutor is also provided throughout your course.
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