An NNEB diploma in nursery nursing indicates the
holder undertook a full time 2-year course
covering the ages of 0-7. This is probably the
most widely recognised qualification and gives
studentís hands on experience in addition to the
academic course which covers the physical, social,
educational, intellectual and emotional needs of
different ages. Other areas of study include
health and hygiene, play and first aid.
for Awards in Childcare and Education), have recently taken over the
conduct of this diploma and now also award a one-year certificate in
Childcare and Education. What the course involves: 14 different
modules covering both theory and practical areas of childcare.
GNVQ courses are seen as vocational alternative to A levels. They
are administered by City and Guilds and are aimed to cover Childcare
and related studies. GNVQ Levels 2,3 & 4 can take up to two years to
complete and are competence based. Students are given hands on
experience and subject to assessment in the workplace. What the
course involves: Level 2: assessed in a range of competencies
dealing with children's physical, emotional and social development.
Level 3: assessed across 15 units including ability to work and care
for children without supervision and management and support for
parents and family.
Level 4: assessed for the ability to run and develop a play area and
supervise other staff.
ADCE (Advanced Diploma in Childcare and Education). This is an
advanced course open only to experienced Childcarers. What the
course involves: Advanced course work dealing with special
educational needs and with appraisal and training methods of
childcare and education.
A BTEC National Diploma in Child Studies (Nursery Nursing) indicates
the holder studied for a full time course of a higher level than the
NNEB diploma. The course places more emphasis on the academic work
and includes modules for those interested in teaching, nursing,
social work and childcare. This BTEC diploma is a full time two-year
The NAMWC Certificate (National Association of Maternal and Child
Welfare) is aimed at 16-18 year olds and covers children from
0-Teenagers, whilst an advanced certificate is aimed at more mature
students such as Childminders who wish to study for a Professional
Private Colleges offering specialist training include the Norland
The Princess Christian College and The Chiltern Nanny Training College.
Courses are 2 years and are generally followed by a probationary period of
6-9 months. A wide range of subjects are studied and students are awarded
the NNEB and Health Diploma.
Other Qualifications include the Pre-School Play-Group Diploma and The
Montessori Childcare and Teaching Diploma. The Montessori Diploma is a
privately run course which is taken either full time or by correspondence
and covers children aged 2-7. The course promotes the philosophy of Maria
Montessori who believes in Childrenís ability to teach themselves within a
structured learning environment