Wales gears up for new childcare qualifications that will be ‘the envy of the care sector’
Thursday, September 5, 2019
Over 240 childcare, health and social care qualifications have been consolidated to just 20 courses in a drive to develop a skilled and confident workforce.
New ‘essential’ childcare qualifications have been launched in Wales to improve the education options offered to those entering the sector.
Alongside health and social care courses, existing childcare qualifications have been consolidated to provide clarity and coherence, with over 240 qualifications reduced to around 20.
The Health and Care Learning Wales website lists eight courses, from Children’s Care, Play, Learning and Development qualifications (Levels 2 to 4), to Leadership and Management (Levels 4 and 5).
The courses, which are offered bilingually, have been developed in partnership with Qualifications Wales, Social Care Wales and Health Education and Improvement Wales (HEIW), and they are delivered by a consortium made up of the Welsh Joint Education Committee (WJEC) and City and Guilds.
Philip Blaker, chief executive of Qualifications Wales, said: ‘In developing these qualifications we have worked in a highly collaborative way with colleagues in health, social care and childcare sectors and the regulators of these workforces in Wales to ensure these qualifications fully meet the needs of the sector.
'We are confident that the qualifications we are putting in place will become the envy of the care sector in other nations.'
When will the qualifications become available?
The majority of the new qualifications will be introduced in September 2019, with the remainder becoming available in September 2020. There will be a transition period for students already working towards existing qualifications.
Sue Evans, chief executive of Social Care Wales, commented: ‘Those who embark on a career in the health and social care, and childcare sectors must be confident that their profession is one that nurtures talent, rewards skills, and allows ambitions to be realised.
‘These new qualifications will build on the excellent work already being carried out and will enable the sector to take on the challenges that lie ahead.’
Alex Howells, chief executive of HEIW, added: ‘Our sectors are not afraid of challenge and change, as anyone working in health and social care, and childcare knows. But this is not about discarding what has gone before but building on its strengths.
‘Qualifications must meet the needs of learners and employers, but, the ultimate aim is to meet the needs of thousands of individuals and families who rely on care and support every day. Our aspiration is that these qualifications continue to support and help develop a skilled and confident workforce.’