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Nursery world confusion online childcare courses leading to rise in 'unsuitable' job applicants

I thought i would share something that i have recently read on the Nursery World website, which was published on the 30th of May 2023. Nursery world have sent a warning over confusion in online training.

"Nurseries are reporting an increase in the number of job applicants who have undertaken online childcare courses mistakenly believing they were full and relevant qualifications, which they say is having a ‘huge’ impact on a sector experiencing a worsening recruitment crisis" - Nursery World 2023

The Department for Education (DfE) requires all early years providers to have a minimum number of suitably qualified staff working at all times. These staff members must hold a qualification deemed by the DfE as full and relevant. All full and relevant qualifications, which allow staff to be counted in ratios within a setting, are listed on the department’s Early Years Qualifications list. There are more than 50 full and relevant Level 3 qualifications included. - Nursery World 2023

As a training provider, who offers both online training and face-to-face training this is of huge concern. I can also imagine that it has knocked a lot of peoples confidence in online training. I think it was COVID that brought about the popularity of online training. Whilst we do deliver online training, we do offer face-to-face training.

We would like to reassure everyone that books with us that we are a NCFE graded one, excellent, in our training suite.

We work closely with several nurseries and are their preferred provider for SEND training, in particular their level 3 SENCo in the Early Years, and more recently the Level 3 Supporting Children and Young People with Speech, Language and Communication. All of our NCFE courses are full, regulated and are awarded with a CACHE NCFE certificate.

Sendtac Ltd's training is internally verified regularly to ensure that it is efficient. You will also find our training through the CPD website.

You can read the full article below, it also highlights several companies to watch out for, and since other companies have been known to update their website to include that their qualifications aren't full.

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