Child development and care

Certification authority: 
The Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual)
EQF Level of the qualification: 
GB United Kingdom
Evaluate the core competences
needed for this job
Core competences 
Promoting Child Development and Learning: understanding young children’s characteristics and needs; knowing and understanding the multiple influences on development and learning.
Building family and Community Relationship: understand, and value the importance and complex characteristics of children’s families and communities.
Observing, Documenting, and Assessing to Support Children and Families: understand the goals, benefits, and uses of assessment.
How can the certification be obtained? 
Individual application
Validation of prior learning
Description of the procedure for the validation of prior learning 
  1. Contact a consulting centre for validation of prior experience ENIC- UK National Information Centre
  2. A regulatory body receives and considers applications from applicants, provides applicants with all information about the requirements, procedures and formalities they need to complete in order to gain access to and pursue their regulated profession;
  3. They may request certified copies at a later stage in the event of justified doubts and where necessary;
  4. Assess applications in accordance with the provisions and timescales set out in the amended 2015 Regulation;
  5. Provide all relevant information about individual cases to the assistance centre on request;
Documents needed 

A regulatory body may require any information or documentation necessary to be able to assess the application, including:

  • evidence of formal qualifications and any information necessary to determine the level and content of those qualifications;
  • information concerning the applicant’s training to the extent necessary to determine the existence of potential substantial difference to the training requirements in the UK;
  • the applicant’s fitness to practice and professional or financial standing;
  • the applicant’s insurance cover;
  • for professions that have patient safety implications, or for those professions where there is ‘a serious and concrete doubt’ about the sufficiency of the professional’s language knowledge, language controls can be imposed to ensure the applicant has sufficient knowledge of the language necessary for practising the profession
Contact point 

To assess your project, we advise you to consult centre provides information and advice on the comparability of overseas qualifications with those from the UK. The ENIC- UK National Information Centre acts as the national reference point for vocational qualifications


one month from the receipt of the application
Is it possible to obtain a partial validation?: 
Yes ✅
What is the result of the partial validation? 
Certificate listing the competences already acquired
Then, is it possible to participate to a shorter training course to prepare the full qualification?: 
Yes ✅
Description of the procedure to participate to a training course 

There are different centres in the UK providing full courses in Child development and care according to the level, methods of assessment and others. It is suggested to choose a training course within those regulated by OFQUAL. Here you will find regulated courses 

Once selected a course, you can be redirected to the centre web page and get information about the course.