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Childcare qualifications FAQ

Parenta is a leading training provider in the Early Years sector. We support thousands of learners completing their childcare qualifications across the country every year, by providing innovative learning resources and assessor support. Our objective is to get you qualified in a way that suits you.

An apprenticeship covers additional work skills beyond the standard childcare qualifications. The skills and knowledge gained from an apprenticeship can be transferred into any professional sector, providing a better scope for career progression. To hear about the full benefits of completing an apprenticeship, please call 0800 002 9242.

There are two ways to register your interest in starting a course with Parenta. Either complete the form on an individual course page or call 0800 002 9242 to speak with one of our friendly training advisers.

Yes. We offer flexible e-learning solutions that allow you to fit study around work and social commitments. You’ll also have access to online training resources and full support from your assessor, providing an ideal approach for you to gain your qualification.

The work involved varies depending on the course, but, on average, there are 10 learning hours per week.

On average, the assessor will visit your setting every eight to ten weeks.

All of our assessors are contactable via our head office address, their mobile phone or e-mail address. You’ll be provided with their contact details during the enrolment process.

You can also use an online platform called E-cordia to contact your assessor at any time during your course.

This depends on your chosen qualification – it can vary from 6 months to 20 months. Please see your desired course page for further information.


The majority of our courses are fully funded and most of our learners don’t pay a penny for their training. However, this isn’t certain and the amount varies depending on applicable funding streams. A training adviser will talk you through your funding application during the course registration process.

The cost depends on the qualification applied for and your local authority. If you wish to find out how much your course may cost without funding, please call 0800 002 9242.

With e-learning, you have complete flexibility over how you learn. Both options consist of the same level of work, however, you may receive quicker feedback on assignments through e-learning due to the submissions being received instantly via email. E-learning also fits flexibly around work and social commitments, as the e-learning platform can be accessed quickly and easily from the comfort of your home.

Yes. All courses are accredited by either CACHE, Pearson, Skills First, ILM or City & Guilds and recognised by Ofsted.

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