Most of our nannies hold a childcare/nanny diploma from a reputable institution. This is a list of the qualifications and awarding bodies for childcare professionals in the United Kingdom.
NNEB – National Nursery Examination Board (CACHE Diploma)
This is the most recognised qualification. The course is full-time for two years. The syllabus covers all aspects from birth to 7 years and includes studying health and first aid, the child’s physical, intellectual, emotional and social development and communication and play. Students also spend part of their studies in practical placements such as schools, nurseries, hospitals and private families. More recently, the NNEB has been replaced by CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Childcare.
NVQ – National and Vocational Qualifications
This is the latest recognised National Vocational Qualification where candidates are assessed on competence in performing in work situations, where they are able to show their knowledge and understanding of the work concerned. The NVQ Level III is equivalent to the NNEB qualification.
BTEC Diploma in Nursery Nursing – Business and Technology Education Council Nursery Nursing Diploma
This is run on similar lines to the above course, but it is of a more academic nature. The syllabus includes health and development and special needs.
MNT – Level 3 OCN Maternity Practitioner Award
This is a recognised qualification which prepares candidates with all the skills and knowledge they need to become a capable and professional Maternity Nurse. It also gives experienced Maternity Nurses the chance to brush up on latest methods and practices. This course is accredited by the Open College Network (OCN).
NAMCW Diploma – National Association of Maternal and Child Welfare Diploma
This is a two year full-time course available to students aged 16 years +. The course covers the care of children from birth to adolescence. The syllabus includes health, illnesses and special needs. The students also attend practical placements as above.
Norland, Princess Christian and Chiltern Colleges
These are three private colleges. Students are 18 years + and the courses are full-time residential over a two year period. All students sit the NNEB Diploma, the Royal Society of Health Diploma (RSH) and the NVQ. Each college has its own nursery where students receive practical experience, as well as going out to local nurseries, schools and hospitals.