National Vocational Qualification is also available for those who are in the child care sector. If you are one of those who would like to pursue a career on child care, then it is very important for you to understand on how you will work for your qualifications accordingly and that you can keep pace with the career challenges posed for those who work in child care industry. NVQ is a recognized qualification in UK. An accredited and certified assessor will assess or determine the level of competency you have in the real workplace environment. After he has evaluated the level of competency you have according to the criteria, you will be awarded with an NVQ at appropriate level.
The standard criteria of an NVQ in child care are designed by CACHE who is the industry awarding body and ensures that courses are according to the current best practice requirements of the profession. The CACHE designs courses and qualification in the care and education of children and young people. How is training be availed? To be able to get achieve the standard and be awarded with the childcare NVQ, the first thing to do is to get the right training. You can have the training from local colleges or at any training centres accredited by the award bodies. Once you have gained the knowledge and skills and you can now meet the standard criteria as defined in your sector, you will have your NVQ.
It should also be remembered that the NVQ process is according to your own pace; you can get it at your choice of time and regardless of your age. However, it is always advised that you will set a goal for yourself in acquiring NVQ, so you will have self direction and hit a target goal accordingly. If you are already working, you can have your NVQ in your workplace; the assessor will determine your skills and competencies if these meet the standards. If they do, then you will be awarded with NVQ or if not, the assessor will recommend what should be the best thing you are going to do to acquire the needed skills.
Do not stop working for your NVQ until you will obtain the highest level. There are different levels of NVQ’s and it is up for you to plan out for your career and up to what NVQ level you wanted to obtain. For instance, to work in a child care nursery unsupervised you will need a Level 2 NVQ, but say you wanted to open your own child care nursery then you will need to gain the next level up a Level 3 NVQ.