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Bedford local authority has its own Training and Assessment Centre (BTAC), offering training advice and courses to both those working in the childcare profession and those wishing to begin a career in childcare.  BTAC is accredited to deliver Early Years, Playwork, Teaching Assistant and Health and Social Care qualifications at Level 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5, as well as QCF Assessor and Internal Verifier qualifications.

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About BTAC

BTAC was set up in the autumn of 2003, and was managed by the Early Years and Extended Services team within Bedford Borough.  It is now managed within the Workforce Development Team.  Its main aim is to provide high quality training, that will enable those working directly with young children to develop appropriate skills and qualifications, in a way that meets the diverse needs of an ever-changing workforce.


BTAC is committed to working in partnership with other professionals and organisations to achieve this aim.

BTAC is registered with the Awarding Body CACHE (Council for Awards in Care, Health and Education).  Grade 1 awards have been achieved from CACHE every time the centre has been inspected for quality.

BTAC learners can begin training at any time of the year.  BTAC caters for each learner as an individual, putting in place extra support when required.  Each learner is allocated an assessor who works with them on a 1:1 basis.


BTAC offers

  • Guidance and advice to individuals and employers on careers, training and qualifications.
  • A comprehensive annual training programme.
  • QCF's and vocationally related qualifications.
  • Training and courses for continuous professional development.
  • Advice on the availability of financial support.
  • A safe learning environment.
  • Equality of opportunity.
  • A quality assurance procedure, including an appeals and complaints system.
  • Subsidised costs and registration of candidates with the Awarding Body CACHE.
  • Access to a training resource library.
  • An annual celebration evening, to recognise and celebrate the achievements of learners completing a qualification with BTAC

Please click here for more information on this years Celebration Evening.

 

 

Requirements for Level 3 Early Years Educator training

 

You must hold GCSE or O'Level maths and English at grade A-C or CSE grade 1, on completion to be included in your setting's level 3 staff ratios.  Functional Skills will not be accepted as equivalents to GCSEs.

 

 

Qualifications delivered by BTAC

These 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, supporting learning and teaching in schools and social care.

 

Course details:  Delivery of our qualifications will be by E-Portfolio supported by an assessor.  The majority of these qualifications consist of 4 - 5 compulsory workshops, projects, assignments, independent research and assessor observations in your workplace. 

Duration 9 – 12 months at Level 2, 15 - 18 months at Level 3 and Level 5

 

Please refer to your preferred choice of qualification listed below for further details.

 

Early Years

Title

Dates of Course

Level 1 Award in an Introduction to Early Years Settings (QCF)

29 September, 17 November 2016, 25 January, 25 April 2017

Level 2 Certificate in an Introduction to Early Years Education & Care (QCF)

20 September, 4 October, 16 November, 1 December 2016, 23 January, 20 February, 23 March, 20 April, 17 May, 21 June 2017

Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Workforce (Early Years Educator) (QCF)

As above

Level 3 Award in Supporting Children and Young People's Speech, Language and Communication (QCF)

19 September & 10 October 2016, 20 January & 6 February 2017

Level 4 Certificate for the Early Years Advanced Practitioner

7 October 2016

Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Health and Social Care and Children and Young People's Services (QCF)

On application

Application Form - NVQhelp@Bedford.gov.uk

How to Pay - click here.

 

 

 

Playwork 

Title

Dates of Course

Level 2 Award, Certificate and Diploma (NVQ) in Playwork (QCF)

On application

Level 3 Award in Induction to Playwork (QCF), Level 3 Certificate in Playwork (QCF) and Level 3 Diploma in Playwork (NVQ) (QCF)

As above

Level 3 Award in Transition to Playwork (from Early Years) (QCF)

As above

Application Form - NVQhelp@Bedford.gov.uk 

How to Pay - click here.

 

 

 

Education Support

Title

Dates of Course

Level 2 Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools (QCF)

20 September, 4 October, 16 November, 1 December 2016, 23 January, 20 February, 23 March, 20 April, 17 May, 21 June 2017

Level 3 Diploma in Specialist Support for Teaching and Learning in Schools (QCF)

As above

Supervise whole class learning activities - Unit TDA 3.8 - Cover Supervisor Unit

On application

Application Form - NVQhelp@Bedford.gov.uk 

How to Pay - click here.

 

 

 

Health and Social Care

Title

Dates of Course

Level 2 Diploma in Health and Social Care (Adults) for England (QCF)

On application

Level 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care (Adults) for England (QCF)

On application

Level 3 Diploma for the Children and Young People's Workforce (QCF) - Social Care Pathway only

On application

Application Form - NVQhelp@Bedford.gov.uk 

How to Pay - click here.

 

 

 

Food Safety and Hygiene

Title

Dates of Course

Level 2 Award in Food Safety in Health and Social Care and Early Years and Childcare Settings (QCF)

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Application Form - NVQhelp@Bedford.gov.uk  

How to Pay - click here.

 

 

Assessing and Assuring the Quality of Assessment

Title

Dates of Course

Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement (QCF)

On application

Application Form - NVQhelp@Bedford.gov.uk 

 

 

For further information, contact the BTAC office on 01234 228847 or email us by clicking here.

 

 

Become a Satellite Centre!

Would your setting like to join BTAC as a Satellite Centre?

You will need:

  • A qualified workplace assessor or a practitioner who would be willing to train as an assessor.
  • Practitioners who are willing to undertake their Level 2 or 3.
  • Allow the assessor time within the working day to undertake the assessment of candidates.
  • Release the assessor from work one day per month to attend Quality Circle Meetings.  

 

BTAC will provide:

  • CACHE log books and standards for the candidate and the assessor
  • Course text books on loan for both candidates and assessor
  • Continuous Professional Development Training with CACHE
  • Access to a training resource library
  • Internal Verification of portfolios
  • External Verification with CACHE
  • Support and Mentoring.

 

Contact Details

For further information please contact the office on 01234 228847 or  email us by clicking here

 

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