The Qualifications and Credits Framework (QCF) in care was launched this summer across the Country which replaces the existing NVQ. New NVQ registrants will be stopped as of the end of this month, but will continue to be delivered for the next couple of years.
The new framework is an attempt to give all qualifications in England, Wales and N. Ireland a common recognition of achievement, and allows learners to build up their qualification in proportion.
Parenta Training Childcare Assessor, Alyson French, talks through the affects that the new QCF has on childcare qualifications.
How do you feel about the changes to the NVQ system?
“Although we (assessors at Parenta) were initially apprehensive about the changes, we have had supportive training in the new framework and overall it has resulted in a positive take on the new qualifications. General consensus is that the smaller focused units are easier to achieve and have quicker results for the learner, with clear learning outcomes that makes it more learner-friendly and provides obvious achievement progress.
These childcare qualifications are designed to help learners build the knowledge and skills needed when working with children and young people from birth to 19 years of age. They cover a diverse range of job roles and occupational areas, working in children’s environments including early years and social care.
There is opportunity for manageable progression with the new credit system, which allows learners to do level 3 units when undertaking their level 2 qualifications. This allows them to progress more swiftly, and should see more learners progressing to the Level 3 Diploma, which is more beneficial to Nursery Settings as well as training providers.”
And what’s the next step, after the level 3 Diploma?
There are currently no plans for a new level 4 qualification in the Early Years sector. Practitioners have to take the foundation degree as part of their personal development to an honours degree in Early Years. There is also the option to study for the Level 5 in management and develop skills involving management and leadership.
How are you to be assessed under the QCF?
Things haven’t changed too much, however, as part of the implementation of this framework, we (Assessors) are encouraged and monitored in keeping learner’s CPD (continuing professional development) updated monthly. This ensures assessors are occupationally competent in the units they deliver and assess, which promotes a better standard of qualification delivery.”
So overall it’s good news?
”Ultimately, more learners will achieve higher quality of care in the workforce, but this relies on assessors building on vocation competency alongside supporting and tutoring learners of full cohort and ensuring relevant paperwork is kept up to date.”
Parenta Training currently has funding available for the Childcare Level 2 and Childcare Level 3 in most areas in the UK. If you wish to gain your next childcare qualification, or have staff in need of development, apply now by via our childcare courses.
Have you started a new QCF qualification? If so, what do you think of the changes developed from the previous NVQ courses? Drop your comments below.