NDNA launches accredited Level 3 courses endorsed by CACHE

National Day Nurseries Association (NDNA) launched two new accredited Level 3 online learning courses endorsed by awarding organisation CACHE at its annual conference. Purnima Tanuku OBE, Chief Executive NDNA; Julie Hyde CACHE Director; Stella Ziolkowski, Director of Quality and Training NDNA; Sarah Carr OBE, Chair of Trustees.

CACHE Director Julie Hyde joined NDNA’s Chief Executive Purnima Tanuku OBE on stage at the conference in Warwickshire to announce the first two courses which have been developed to support the demand for a better qualified workforce. 

These two new courses, which are mapped to the Early Years Education (EYE) qualification, are the first of ten courses to be released throughout 2019 and 2020. 

Purnima said: “We are delighted to have developed these courses in conjunction with CACHE to support practitioners progressing to Level 3. These modules will provide evidence for those working towards a diploma in Childcare and Early Education (Early Years Educator).

“They are also standalone training courses which will refresh or update the knowledge of anyone working with young children.  

“We know from our recent workforce survey results that recruiting Level 3 staff is difficult, but training budgets are shrinking so upskilling the current workforce is a challenge for many nurseries. So we have developed these courses for nursery managers and owners as a great, convenient and cost effective way to upskill their teams and demonstrate to Ofsted their commitment to quality of provision and continual improvement.”

The new courses available online now are:

Understand the value of play in early years (3.1) 
Plan, lead and review play opportunities which support children’s learning and development objectives (3.2) 

Qualifications and awarding body CACHE is part of the NCFE (Northern Advisory Council for Further Education). NDNA has worked closely with CACHE since it became a membership charity in 1989. CACHE will be the sole provider of the forthcoming Technical Qualification (T Level) for Childcare and Education. 

Julie Hyde, Director of CACHE, said: “We were delighted to support NDNA in the development of these courses, building on our longstanding and close working relationship. Combining our joint expertise has enabled us to ensure the courses are fit for purpose and meet the needs of early years employers and practitioners. Developed by the sector, for the sector, these courses provide vital CPD opportunities for practitioners and in turn enhance the quality of provision across the sector.” 

The courses were launched at NDNA’s annual conference at the Chesford Grange Hotel in Kenilworth, Warwickshire.  

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