Continuing professional development for childcarers

Do you want to train as a childcare professional? Perhaps you’re already a nursery nurse, nanny or play worker looking to continue your professional development?

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Whether you’re starting out in your career in early years or looking to develop your childcare knowledge and skills further, we strongly believe training can help you prepare for a new role, get the most out of your current job and within the current competitive market a childcarer who refreshes and expands their skills and knowledge will definitely stand out from the crowd in the eyes of potential employers.

Depending on your areas of interest there are a huge selection of courses on offer, we have put together some of the current training options available for you.


Training courses


Child Development

This course looks at the development of children and the way they learn in different cultural, educational and social contexts.

As a childcarer it important to understand what children should be able to achieve and when and their developmental milestones in all areas; physical, intellectual, language, emotional and social.

Courses will also cover;

  • Your responsibilities as a childcarer
  • A child Health and Safety
  • Organising educational, stimulating and age appropriate activities
  • Handling multiple children of different age groups
  • Observing progress
  • Discipline and behaviour
  • Developing daily/weekly routines


Maternity Care Training

Designed for childcarers with previous baby experience looking to develop their career or focus specifically in this area, such as maternity nurses, night nannies, sleep trainers, doulas and feeding specialists.

Courses cover all the latest methods and practices and aim to provide candidates with all the skills and knowledge they need to become a highly effective and professional maternity carer.

Courses can include;

  • Maternity Nurse training
  • Newborn Care
  • Establishing routines
  • Sleep training – why babies and children wake in the night, creating the right sleep environment.
  • Breastfeeding
  • Post Natal Depression
  • Multiple babies – supporting parents of multiples, supporting development, sleep in multiples and establishing sleep and feeding routines.
  • Breastfeeding and Infant Nutrition – designed to gain the skills, knowledge and confidence to support a mother to effectively breastfeed.


Food Hygiene and Safety

Designed to develop your knowledge and understanding of the links between food, hygiene and health.

Course will include;

  • Preparing and serving food
  • Food contamination
  • Practical measures to take to prevent and control hazards.
  • Consequences of poor food safety and hygiene.
  • Personal hygiene when working with food
  • Good housekeeping – cleaning and maintenance of equipment


Child Nutrition

Learn more about the diet and nutritional needs for children and young people

Courses provide an;

  • Understanding the link between diet and health
  • Insight into the skills and knowledge required to maintain effective child nutrition, to support their health and development
  • Understanding the importance of providing children with a balanced diet
  • Knowledge of ingredients such as salt, sugar, vitamins


Common Core Skills and Knowledge – Ofsted Registration

This course is designed with nannies and other home-based childcarers in mind, in order to help build on their existing knowledge and experience. It is focused on improving and developing the skills required to work with children.

The common core areas include: communicating with children, young people, their parents and carers, Child and young person development, safeguarding and promoting the welfare of the child, supporting transitions, multi-agency team working and information sharing.

Successful completion this course enables childcarers to register with Ofsted.



Children are vulnerable and they rely on adults to help them to feel safe and secure but would you know what to do if you suspected a child you knew might be at risk of harm?

These courses will help you be confident in understanding your role and responsibilities in relation to the safeguarding, protection and welfare of children, including;

  • Spotting the signs of abuse
  • Who to contact and when
  • Steps to follow if you suspect abuse
  • Safe practice


Data Protection

As a professional childcarer you are privy to a lot of personal and private information about the children in your care and their families. It is important that you know and can demonstrate to parents that you know your responsibilities when it comes to handling personal information and how to act within the law. Courses are done online.


Child Exploitation and online safety

This course covers all aspects of internet safety from parental controls to cyberbullying, what the risks are to children and what to tell them. This course is popular with childcarers and parents and aims to raise awareness of how children and young people use technology and the associated risks involved.


Drive A Child

Everyone thinks they’re a great driver! So how can you be sure?

Drive a Child is an effective interactive training programme, which teaches childcarers and family members, vital skills and awareness, as well as offering families peace of mind.

It provides essential information and coping strategies to ensure someone driving children is fully informed and prepared for just about anything when out on the road.



Observation & Planning for Early Years Practitioners

Outlining the importance of observing children and planning to meet their individual needs as well as providing detailed guidance on how to do this, will include;

  • Methods of Observation
  • Who should we observe?
  • Assessment frameworks
  • Planning
  • Encouragement & support
  • Promoting children’s learning
  • Inclusive practice


Baby Massage

A practical course where you learn how to deliver a full baby massage routine.

The benefits of baby massage can include;

  • Develops bonding between parent and baby
  • Relieves symptoms of colic and digestion problems
  • Aids sleep in babies
  • Helps to regulate their digestive, respiratory and circulatory systems.


CACHE Qualifications – Level 3 – 5 Diploma

These course can take 18 – 24months to complete and can be done via distance learning, part time college attendance and a combination of assessments in in the workplace, personal assessor and online training.

Level 3

The course is designed to build the knowledge and skills needed when working with children and young people from birth to 19 years and units of study will include;

  • Support children’s speech, language and communication
  • Promote children’s welfare and wellbeing in the early years
  • Understand child and young person development
  • Promote learning and development in early years
  • Understand how to support positive outcomes for children and young people
  • Context and principles for early years’ provision
  • Understand how to safeguard the wellbeing of children and young people
  • Professional practice in early years’ settings
  • Care for the physical and nutritional needs of babies and young children
  • Promote children and young people’s activity and movement skills
  • Understand how to set up a home-based childcare service
  • Promote positive behaviour

Level 5

This qualification is for childcarers who have experience of working in a children and young people’s setting and already hold a level 3 qualification. It provides the skills and knowledge needed to work in management and lead others in a variety of children and young people’s services.


Our top tips!!

Always ask about content of the course

Don’t be afraid to ask questions – does it cover what you need it to, how will the information be delivered – online, reading material, webinars, face to face training. Ensure it meets your needs before parting with any money.

Check the Accreditation

Depending on the training provider courses may be accredited or endorsed by bodies such as CACHE, OCN, CPD or ELP. Accreditation is not compulsory but it can ensure the course content is correct and their training methods meet best practise standards.


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