The Education and Childcare sector offers entry-level positions such as unqualified early years workers or before and after school assistants, with progression to roles such as nursery, pre-school and teaching assistants for those with Level 2 qualifications, or more senior roles as nursery nurses or initial teacher training for those achieving Level 3 qualifications.
SkillUP programmes are created from units within existing qualifications and enable centres to develop an offer that meets the specific employment needs of the education and childcare sector employers in their region and to adapt those programmes for learners who are new to the education and childcare sector and for those who are progressing within the sector.
In the example below two units from the Gateway Qualifications Level 1 Award In Skills for Childcare qualification have been combined with a unit from our Employability Qualifications to create ‘SkillUP in Safe Activities for Young Children’.
Level 1 Award In Skills for Childcare:
- A/504/7501 – Play Activities for Young Children
These off-the-shelf programmes also include a list of suggested resources to help with delivery. You can view all the off-the-shelf SkillUP Programmes across Levels 1 and 2 below.
Alternatively, if you want to create your own bespoke SkillUP programmes you can combine sector-specific units, employability units and digital units from the unit library below. It is suggested that a minimum size for a SkillUP programme would be between 5-7 credits overall.
Finally, larger qualifications are also available for those who need to cover a wider range of content or to study in greater depth. Vocational qualifications are available in a variety of sizes and levels, and Access to HE Diplomas provide a route into higher education or degree Apprenticeships.
When embarking on a new career in a new sector or continuing in an ongoing career within your current sector, it’s important to know what you need to achieve in order to progress.
We have put together a realistic career map for the education and childcare sector to help learners understand which levels and qualifications are needed to access a range of employment roles within the sector. The Career map provides a general overview, whilst the Getting Started and Continuing a Career guides provide more details for learners at different stages of their education and childcare sector careers.
SkillUP to Education and Childcare – Programmes and Unit Library
The following suggested programmes have been compiled using some of the most popular and relevant units in the sectors.
The units below can be used to mix and match and create a programme which meets the needs of your learners and local priorities.
Click on each heading to expand or contract the library. Click on a unit title to take you to the unit detail page.