NVQs in childcare

The demand for qualified childcare workers has increased in recent times with more women choosing to return to work after having children.  With more childcare workers needed, it’s no surprise that more people are seeking to achieve a recognised childcare qualification in order to give them a head start in the child care industry.

The most widely recognised qualification in the UK with respect to working with children is the NVQ in childcare.   The NVQ is taught from foundation stage - Level 1, all the way through to Level 4.  NVQ Level 1 is designed as an introductory course, whereas Level 2 is work based and is aimed at people working in a childcare environment for example, as a playgroup, nursery or school assistant.  Level 3 is geared towards those working in a supervisory role within the childcare sector.  Finally, level 4 is aimed at managers or senior workers whose main job is children’s care and learning and development.

An NVQ in Child Care is an essential qualification for anyone seeking to work as a childcare worker, a child minder (working from home) and even those who are hoping to set up their own childcare business.

The NVQ assessment is very much a hands on experience.  An assessor will visit you at your place of work and make a judgment of your work against a list of skills and knowledge requirements.  If you can demonstrate that you have the necessary skills and understanding needed, then you will be awarded your NVQ.

To obtain an NVQ in childcare it is imperative to get the right training.  A good place to start your search is on a via an online ‘course guide’ website such as www.emagister.co.uk, where you’ll be able to find where such courses are running, the duration of the course and any cost involved.

No matter what level NVQ you are hoping to obtain you can be assured that the training involved will allow you the knowledge and experience you need to work with children and handle their developmental and learning needs as well as their safety and environmental matters.


  1. Vikki says:

    Hi I am looking in to doing a nvq in childcare but I am not working in a nursery I use to have some childcare experimce. I have a 2 1/2 year son my self.please can you explain the best way around this for me am looking to do it online


  2. alena says:

    Hi am looking to doing childcare,Ihave one child my self 8 yars old .I live in colcester essex. thanks

  3. SLD says:

    I am in the same position as Nikki above. Could you advise me of how to do an NVQ without full-time work in a nursery? I currently do supply nursery work and have been doing so for the past 2 years. It does not necessarily have to be online for me.

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