Varuh/varuhinja predšolskih otrok - Nacionalna poklicna kvalifikacija

Certification authority: 
Certified organizations for the implementation of the National vocational qualification (NPK)
EQF Level of the qualification: 
SI Slovenia
Evaluate the core competences
needed for this job
Core competences 
Candidates will be able to:.
Plan, prepare, perform and analyse own work.
Protect children's health.
Ensure a safe, encouraging and attractive environment for children.
Ensure suitable feeding for children.
Ensure children are suitably dressed, change nappies and wash as appropriate, teach toilet routines and personal hygiene.
Ensure children have adequate rests/sleeps.
Take action in the case of signs of illness and in unexpected situations.
Protect children from abuse.
Support and encourage children's cognitive, social-emotional and motor development.
Provide children with special needs with suitable care and support in their personal development.
Communicate and cooperate with children's parents/family.
Act in accordance with children's rights.
Manage administrative processes relating to work.
Use modern ICT safely and critically.
Monitor and assess the quality of own work.
Ensure the maintenance of premises, equipment and resources.
Communicate with co-workers and experts from other fields.
Make rational use of energy, material and time.
Develop enterprising characteristics, skills and behaviour.
Safeguard own health and safety and protect the environment.
How can the certification be obtained? 
Validation of prior learning
Description of the procedure for the validation of prior learning 

National vocational qualification

(NPK) is:

·         the procedure for obtaining a publicly valid document (certificate)

·         the process of obtaining a profession

·         the process of recognizing or confirming already acquired knowledge and skills.

The process of acquiring NPKs is generally divided into three sets:

1. candidate application

2. advising the candidate and preparing his collection folder (certificates, proofs, reference letters, articles, acknowledgments ...)

3. verification and validation of NPK



The candidate applies for the procedure on the announced application deadline. Check the implementation queries on the website of the organizations that implement the NPK for a particular profession.


During the counselling process, the candidate prepares a portfolio. The relevant committee assesses the portfolio and recognises the catalogue content in part or full. If the committee is unable to recognise all catalogue content, it assigns tasks to the candidate for verification. 

Verification method

Direct verification takes place at a place of assessment in the form of practical work and an oral presentation. The place of assessment (simulated user living environment) must meet the relevant material conditions.

Verification and assessment are carried out by committees for the verification and validation of national vocational qualifications, appointed by the National Examination Centre (NEC). Committee members must be licensed by the National Examination Centre.

Condition for obtaining certificate

The candidate demonstrates the attainment of the knowledge, skills and competences defined in the catalogue of standards of vocational knowledge and skills.

Verification criteria

Criteria to be taken into consideration:

- compliance with the rules for ensuring a safe environment for the child,

- knowledge of children's rights - Convention on the Rights of the Child,

- preparation of a candidate / candidate for work,

- the use of appropriate resources,

- candidate's appearance - communication / situation appropriate communication,

- taking into account professional and ethical principles and methods of working with children,

Criteria for assessing the components of the work process:

Evaluation area:

Preparation of a professional task (quality) 30%

Practical examination with advocacy and the management of professional theoretical knowledge (70%)

Catalog of professional knowledge and skills

Documents needed 

Admission requirements

  • At least secondary or secondary technical education and
  • at least six months' experience of working directly with children (running children's groups, occasional childcare in the home, etc. – including non-formal forms of care: care of own and/or other children
Contact point 
It can last from six months up to one year, depending on the relevant evidence each candidate provides.
Price of training is adjusted according to the number of hours and number of participants
Is it possible to obtain a partial validation?: 
No ❌