If you want to progress and become a room supervisor, age-group leader or nursery manager, you'll need to combine your experience in the role with recognised childcare qualifications.


In most cases, a manager would need at least a full and relevant qualification, such as, in England, the Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Workforce (Early Years Educator). If you want to start your training now, you will need to complete the Early Years Educator award.

And because having a good level of general education is important when working with young children, you should have suitable level 2 literacy and numeracy qualifications before finishing the course in order to be counted in the ratios. If you completed a full and relevant qualification before September 2014, it is valid and will be accepted by employers. 

All nursery staff must also be trained in paediatric first aid.


In Wales, the person in charge of the setting must have at least a relevant Level 3 qualification. This should be on the Social Care Wales current qualification list. At least 80% of the non-supervisory staff must hold a minimum Level 2 qualification from the Social Care Wales current qualification list. At least half of these must have a qualification at Level 3.

In Welsh settings caring for under-2s at least half of staff caring for babies should have received training in this specific area. The person in charge of the baby room must have at least two years' experience of working with children under 2.

Opening your own nursery


You will need to apply to register with Ofsted as a daycare if you will be looking after children aged up to the 31 August following their fifth birthday. Find out everything you need in Starting a nursery or other daycare and running the business.


To provide childcare in Wales you need to register with CIW. Find our everything you need to Register a Childcare and Play Service.


It’s important to have an insurance policy that is easy to understand, simple to manage and fully protects your business. Managers can also find quotes for insurance for nurseries, playgroups, pre-schools and all forms of early years group settings, through a partnership with Morton Michel, specialists in childcare and education insurance.

Established in 1964, Morton Michel pride themselves on delivering high quality insurance, risk management and service solutions tailored specifically for the childcare and education sectors.

Visit Morton Michel's website to view the policies available and request a no obligation quote. You can also call the Morton Michel team on 0330 058 986.

Manager membership

Although it can be incredibly rewarding, running a nursery is hard work. We know that nursery managers face significant management issues on a daily basis. Do any of the following sound familiar?

  • There's a lack of funds for staff training and development
  • How can I ensure that staff regularly reflect on their practice and continuously improve?
  • I need to improve or retain our setting's inspection grade 
  • We've got to make sure we deliver regulatory and curriculum requirements
  • It's a challenge to retain and motivate staff
  • We're always having to think of new creative ideas to support children's early learning
  • Maintaining or increasing profit is important to our success
  • There's always a lack of time!

These are issues that PACEY has been supporting individual childcare professionals with for many years. PACEY's Manager Membership can be a whole-setting solution for these core issues, and more.

Manager Membership will help you support your staff’s ongoing training and development, keep them motivated and engaged, deliver fresh ideas and show parents and regulators how you maintain your team’s knowledge and professionalism.

We’ll support your staff to reflect on their practice, undertake the training and CPD they need and give them access to a wide range of other benefits, support and advice.

Staff training

We know that the early years field is constantly changing. Our online CPD and training supports you and your team to meet regulatory requirements and receives a 95% satisfaction rating from our members.

Our online CPD, CEY smart, puts the child at the centre of your learning, and will inspire you in your practice. The courses link theory and practice in a meaningful way, helping you and your team put your learning into practice.

How does it help meet regulatory requirements?

PACEY Manager membership will help you achieve regulatory requirements. These include:

  • Improving and delivering relevant qualifications and an effective programme of professional development for staff
  • Staff completing a range of training which helps you to fully meet statutory requirements
  • Improving children’s wellbeing as a results of training

What will you get?

You will receive PACEY’s membership benefits - and can share elements of them, for free, with your team, helping to support your own development and keep your team motivated and happy and deliver fresh ideas and evidence to parents and regulators how you maintain your team’s knowledge and professionalism. Our membership helps you and your team feel part of a community, and most importantly, keep you, and the children in your care, smiling.

Manager memberships have what you need to power your practice and support your staff. Explore exactly what is included with your membership in each of the four key areas of your business: Training, Advice, Products, Policy.



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