Information and guidance on qualifications for working in early years and childcare with children below the age of eight years.

Qualifications Wales is leading the development of a new suite of qualifications for health and social care and childcare.

An update on the qualification start dates has been released by Qualification Wales.

A consortium made up of City and Guilds and WJEC has been appointed as the sole providers of these qualifications in Wales. Please visit the consortium’s health and care website for the latest updates.​

Qualifications you need to work

This framework sets out the required qualifications for different roles in different service settings, along with qualifications accepted from other parts of the UK. 

This framework has replaced the List of Required Qualifications for Early Years and Childcare in Wales. There will be an online version of this framework available to use in March.

Our list should be used alongside the qualification list produced by Skills Active, the Sector Skills Council for play workers and referring to standards and regulations stipulated by Care Inspectorate Wales (CIW).

Skills for Care and Development

A resource that sets out the minimum expected principles and approaches to the assessment of the diploma qualifications