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Are any ex nurses who were employed at a preschool as their nursing qualification was considered 'equivalent' at the time?

I'm finding it hard to get clear advice on if I my need to retrain or if I am still alright to practice.


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You should find all the information you need here:



Frequently Asked Questions

I am a qualified nurse. Am I full and relevant?

If registered before 1 September 2014, registered nurses may be counted in the qualified staff ratio at level 3 who are designated as follows on the revised Nursing and Midwifery Council register for nurses, midwives and specialist community public health nurses (SCPHN):

Nurses register Sub part 1
• RN8: Children's nurse, level 1
• RNC: Children's nurse, level 1
• RN2: Registered Adult nurse, level 1

Nurses register Sub part 2
• RN7: General nurse, level 2

Midwives part of the register
• RM: Midwife

Specialist community public health nursing register

  • RHV: Health visitor
  • HV: Health visitor
  • RSN: School nurse
  • SN: School nurse
  • SPC: Specialist practitioner
  • Children's nursing
  • SPCC: Specialist practitioner: Community children’s nursing

The National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) consider that it would not be practical for a nurse to maintain their registration if they no longer practise. If it can be evidenced that a nurse has been on the register before 1 September 2014, then they would continue to be full and relevant.

Nurses who registered from 1 September 2014, would not be considered full and relevant. The NCTL advises you to undertake an Early Years Educator qualification. A qualification that has early years educator’ in its title or offers an ‘early years educator’ pathway is considered full and relevant.

To count in the ratios at level 3, staff holding an early years educator qualification must also have achieved GCSEs in English and maths at grade C or above.

You can check if a qualification is considered full and relevant by using the Early Years Qualifications List athttp://www.education.gov.uk/eypqd/

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Thanks for replying. I am finding the second paragraph a bit vague. I don't practise anymore but was on the register, that was nearly fifteen years ago. It makes it sound like I am still full and relevant, but I would like a definitive answer incase it's queried by OFSTED.

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My gut feeling is I think I should start looking at doing my level 3 EYE. I have contacted my local college (awaiting a response).

Has anyone gone down the distance learning route? Obviously a company that has CACHE as an awarding body and the course is full and relevant .


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Have you considered the open university to do a childcare course? That way you could do a certificate in early years practice or foundation degree. How much studying and at what level are you wanting?

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I am currently employed as a supervisor so I would be looking at level 3 diploma early years educator leading onto level 5 leadership and management.


Just looked at OU, the prices are very steep!!

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Do not dismiss OU because of the sosts - students can apply for a Part-Time Tuition Fee Loan (also known as a Student Loan).

The Government pays your fees, which you pay back later in affordable monthly instalments, and only when you’re earning over the income threshold, currently £21,000.

This can mean that there is no upfront costs.. no age limit to get one, paid for part time and full time courses even when you are working, repayments are linked to income.. so are affordable but as you only pay when your income reaches £21,000 it can be a while before you end up paying..



(I am a nurse and ended up having to do NVQ3 - they decided it was not enough even with 3 yrs paediatric nursing , suppose the SCBU did not really count but did that for a year too)

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