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I started my ITC last night and they went through the whole "If you are level 3 you get to join the childminding network and take funded children etc etc" BUT when someone asked what whether her qualifications were ok (NVQ2 in health and social care and a Diploma in early years) they weren't sure because she qualified 11 years ago.

So I asked about mine (BTEC diploma in childhood studies (Nursery Nursing) was the title and qualification I was awarded) I was told because I qualified over 10 years ago (1998) that it may not be a level 3 anymore and I may have to do another one to bring me up to level 3 :o

I was told I needed to check it against some sort of table but when I was asked where I find this table they were rather vague (I'm guessing it's CWDC?)

Has anyone else been told this? I was going to do the EYPS once I got my maths as I have a degree but by the sounds of it I may have to start from scratch! xD

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This makes me very cross. Instead of worrying you unnecessarily they should just have pointed you at the CWDC's qualifications checker. I put the title of your course into it and if you look here it says it is valid. My guess is that this is the 'table' they were talking about - shame they only had half the information!

 

You can find the qualification checker online here.

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This makes me very cross. Instead of worrying you unnecessarily they should just have pointed you at the CWDC's qualifications checker. I put the title of your course into it and if you look here it says it is valid. My guess is that this is the 'table' they were talking about - shame they only had half the information!

 

You can find the qualification checker online here.

 

I agree with you! a few of us have come away feeling a bit :o

Why could they have not told everyone to look on that in the first place? thanks for that Happy Maz xD I will inform everyone of that next week. I will also advise them all of this wonderful place!

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If you go to the CWDC site you will find a table of in date qualifications. If you have been practising in childcare you should still be able to do your EYPS.

 

I started my ITC last night and they went through the whole "If you are level 3 you get to join the childminding network and take funded children etc etc" BUT when someone asked what whether her qualifications were ok (NVQ2 in health and social care and a Diploma in early years) they weren't sure because she qualified 11 years ago.

So I asked about mine (BTEC diploma in childhood studies (Nursery Nursing) was the title and qualification I was awarded) I was told because I qualified over 10 years ago (1998) that it may not be a level 3 anymore and I may have to do another one to bring me up to level 3 :o

I was told I needed to check it against some sort of table but when I was asked where I find this table they were rather vague (I'm guessing it's CWDC?)

Has anyone else been told this? I was going to do the EYPS once I got my maths as I have a degree but by the sounds of it I may have to start from scratch! xD

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If you have been practising in childcare you should still be able to do your EYPS.

The entry requirements in terms of qualifications are very clear (at present anyway). You have to have a degree, plus Maths and English GCSE at grade 3. So actually the level and age of your childcare qualification isn't necessarily a factor in getting onto a course, it will just affect the pathway you're put on. That said, of course if your qualification is out of date because it doesn't meet the criteria for a full and valid Level 3, then the workforce audit tool would flag you up as possibly being unqualified and would suggest you do a Level 3 qualification... :o

 

I just had a scoot around the CWDC website to find a link but it seems the whole website is under reconstruction pending the announcements re new training providers and pathways etc. I think it is a case of 'watch this space'.

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The entry requirements in terms of qualifications are very clear (at present anyway). You have to have a degree, plus Maths and English GCSE at grade 3. So actually the level and age of your childcare qualification isn't necessarily a factor in getting onto a course, it will just affect the pathway you're put on. That said, of course if your qualification is out of date because it doesn't meet the criteria for a full and valid Level 3, then the workforce audit tool would flag you up as possibly being unqualified and would suggest you do a Level 3 qualification... :o

 

I just had a scoot around the CWDC website to find a link but it seems the whole website is under reconstruction pending the announcements re new training providers and pathways etc. I think it is a case of 'watch this space'.

 

BUT you don't have to have a degree in early years to do it, you could potentially come out of uni with a degree in anything and do a long pathway. Which if like me you have a BTEC, over 10 years work experience and an art degree means I would still have to do the same pathway as someone who has never worked with children before. MADNESS xD

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Not necessarily so, Jester. If you have ten years work experience and have therefore enough experience in leading and supporting EYFS practice across the entire age range and have a degree (not forgetting English and Maths at GCSE grade C!) you would probably not have to do a long pathway. It is likely that you have enough evidence of how your practice meets the 39 standards.

 

I'd like to think that all providers will do a skills analysis and advise each candidate on the most appropriate path for them. Always worth asking the question, certainly!

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Not necessarily so, Jester. If you have ten years work experience and have therefore enough experience in leading and supporting EYFS practice across the entire age range and have a degree (not forgetting English and Maths at GCSE grade C!) you would probably not have to do a long pathway. It is likely that you have enough evidence of how your practice meets the 39 standards.

I'd like to think that all providers will do a skills analysis and advise each candidate on the most appropriate path for them. Always worth asking the question, certainly!

 

Thanks for this HappyMaz. Last time I looked into it I was informed that I would have to do the 12 months pathway due to my degree. But yes a good point above I would hope that providers would be doing this.

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