Welcome to the Ceredigion Childcare Providers Workforce training page.

As a Registered Childcare provider it is your responsibility to ensure that your qualifications are up to date and that you plan your training in advance. It is recommended that you book your place on training courses 6 months in advance of the renewal date as places are limited and courses can fill up quickly.

Information about training courses (Mandatory and non-mandatory) for the Childcare workforce are shared by e-mail to all registered and unregistered settings by the Childcare Unit on a termly basis.

If you have any queries regarding training please contact the Childcare Unit:

Telephone: 01545 570881
E-mail: gofalplant@ceredigion.gov.uk

Training costs are subsidised by Ceredigion County Council Childcare Unit funding, but nominal charges must be paid by the childcare provider (costs dependent on course).

Business Wales have a dedicated webpage for Childcare and Playwork providers to access the support they need to establish, develop and grow their business sustainably:

Business Support Childcare and Playwork Providers | Business Wales (gov.wales)

Business Wales can also help you with all the information, advice and guidance you need if you are considering starting a business from home or are growing your business. Please visit the Business Wales website and search ‘Childcare’.

Starting a business from home: businesswales.gov.wales/starting-up/further-guides/starting-business-home

Progress for Success

Progress for Success helps early years, childcare and play settings in maintained and non-maintained sector across Wales become more successful - by funding free staff training!

Looking after children is more than just a job - it's a really important career. That's why the Welsh Government has launched Progress for Success, a new programme to improve qualifications and skills held by the early years, childcare and play workforce.

The benefits of highly-qualified employees to your business

Progress for Success provides the funding for you to support your employees through work based training to achieve higher-level qualifications and skills. Through additional training you can improve your staff's skills, improve your business and deliver a higher-quality service in many ways.

Quality

Higher-level qualifications will help your staff to deliver a high-quality service to make sure that children's needs are fully met, and provide greater future educational opportunities for children. Highly qualified staff are also proven to be more productive, meaning your business will become stronger and more efficient.

Reputation

Parents want the best for their children, so opinions of your business will spread fast. Make sure these are positive ones by making sure your staff are fully qualified for what their roles involves.

Satisfaction

Studies show that investing in your workforce proves that you value them. It improves quality and loyalty, and staff will stay with you.

Welsh language skills

There are a number of benefits associated with encouraging your employees to improve their Welsh-language skills and carry out training in Welsh or bilingually (in English and Welsh). It will increase exposure to the Welsh language for the children in your care, it may attract new customers, and it could increase customer loyalty.

Is your business eligible?

Progress for Success is for employers of professionals working in the early years, childcare or play sector, who are looking to increase the skills of those with qualifications below Level 3.

To receive funding you and your employee must meet the following criteria:

  • your employee must to be aged 25 or above at the time you make the application
  • your early years, childcare, or play setting must be registered with CSSIW
  • your employee must be employed for 16 hours or more a week
  • your employee must have been employed in your setting for at least 4 weeks at the time of your application
    (Please note that other criteria may apply)

Progress for success is part-funded by the European Social Fund through the Welsh Government.

For more information please visit the Progress for Success European Social Fund Programme page on the Welsh Government website.

Social Care Wales

Social Care Wales support the workforce and improvement in social care in Wales You can sign up to their monthly bulletin by e-mailing newsletter@socialcare.wales

WeCare

WeCare aims to help attract, recruit and retain care staff in Wales. The website hosts a growing list of social care and early years employers in Wales, and you can find out more about the many opportunities to work with adults and children, and hear what it’s really like to work in care from those already doing the job.

You can also view a database of social care and early years providers who may have job opportunities.