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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.

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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's 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.

 

Details of Awards and Accolades

  • Winners of Children's and Young People Award 'Workforce Development' 2008
  • Nursery World 'Local Authority Early Years Team' - Highly Commended 2008
  • Adult Learners Week for Bedfordshire and Luton 'Learning through Partnership' - 2008 
  • Bedford College 'Outstanding achievement award in teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector' 2008
  • Neighbourhood Learning in deprived communities award
  • Rising Stars for Bedfordshire 'Championing the Power of Learning' 2006 (Highly Commended)

 

Qualifications offered 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: The majority of these qualifications consist of 10 -15 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.

 

 

IMPORTANT: changes to Early Years Workforce qualifications in England from 1 September 2014

The implementation of the new Early Years Educator criteria and the development of new Early Years Educator qualifications are underway.  These changes will have a significant impact on learner registrations from 1st September 2014.

Entry requirements for Early Years Educator training

The National College for Teaching and Leadership has confirmed the entry requirements for all entrants to Early Years Educator training courses.

 ‘More great childcare’ (January 2013) set out the Government’s vision and plan of action for high quality early education and childcare.   It included the introduction of new level 3 Early Years Educator qualifications from September 2014, and an expectation that all entrants to Early Years Educator training courses will have secured GCSE’s in English and mathematics at grade C or above.   These reforms will raise the overall quality and literacy and numeracy skills of those entering the workforce.

 The following changes will apply in relation to entry qualifications:

  • From 1 August 2014 Government funding of Early Years Educator training courses through the Skills Funding Agency will require GCSE English and maths, at grade C or above, on entry. 

 

  • Training providers will be required to confirm learner’s prior achievement of GCSE Grade A*-C in both English/English Language and maths and record this in the Learning Agreement before enrolling learners on to Early Years Educator training.

 

  • The government intend to amend the Early Years Foundation Stage to make clear that to count in the existing staff: child ratios at level 3, staff holding a new Early Years Educator qualification must also have achieved GCSEs in English/English Language and maths, at grade C or above.

 

  • Functional Skills will not be accepted as equivalents to GCSEs.

 

  • Staff holding existing qualifications will still be able to practice.   The new requirements will not be applied retrospectively.   This will ensure that practitioners already holding qualifications are not disadvantaged.

 

 

Children and Young People

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

Level 1 Key Facts

 

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

Level 3 Key Facts

 

CACHE Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Health and Social Care and Children and Young People's Services (QCF) - click here for more information

Key Facts

 

 

Early Years

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

Level 2 Key Facts

 

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

Level 3 Key Facts

 

 

Playwork 

CACHE Level 2 Award, Certificate and Diploma (NVQ) in Playwork (QCF) - click here for more Level 2 information

Key Facts

 

CACHE Level 3 Award in Induction to Playwork (QCF), Level 3 Certificate in Playwork (QCF) and Level 3 Diploma in Playwork (NVQ) (QCF) - click here for more Level 3 information

Key Facts

 

CACHE Level 3 Award in Transition to Playwork (from Early Years) (QCF) - click here for more information

Key Facts

 

 

Education Support

CACHE Level 2 Award in Support Work in Schools (QCF) - click here for more information

Key Facts

 

CACHE Level 2 Certificate in Supporting the Wider Curriculum in Schools (QCF) - click here for more information

Key Facts

 

CACHE Level 2 Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools (QCF) - click here for more information

Key Facts

 

CACHE Level 3 Award and Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools (QCF) - click here for more information

Key Facts

 

CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Specialist Support for Teaching and Learning in Schools (QCF) - click here for more information

Key Facts

 

 

Health and Social Care

CACHE Level 2 Certificate in Preparing to Work in Adult Social Care (QCF) - please click here for more information

Level 2 Certificate Key Facts

 

CACHE Level 2 Diploma in Health and Social Care (Adults) for England (QCF) - click here for more information

Level 2 Diploma Key Facts

 

CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care (Adults) for England (QCF) - click here for more information on Level 3 

Level 3 Diploma Key Facts

 

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

Please click here for more information.

Level 2 Award Key Facts

 

 

Assessing and Assuring the Quality of Assessment

CACHE Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement (QCF) - click here for more information

Key Facts

 

 

Vocationally Related Qualifications

Level 1 CACHE endorsed Step into Childcare

 

If you are unable to download any leaflets for a specific qualification from the CACHE website, please contact the NVQ Helpline on 01234 276390.

 

Apprenticeships

For information on Aprenticeships, please visit www.apprenticeships.org.uk

 

How to apply to BTAC

Dear Learner

CACHE QCF Level 2 and 3 Qualifications

Thank you for your enquiry about the above qualification.  I have pleasure in enclosing our "How to Pay" information.

We may be able to offer you funding for your qualification and so I can calculate how much would you kindly complete and return these forms

 

For Level 2 qualifications, if you are receiving Job Seekers Allowance (JSA), Employment & Support Allowance (ESA), Income Support, Housing Benefit, Council Tax Reduction, Child Tax or Working Tax Credit please enclose a letter from the Job Centre dated within 3 months of the course start date confirming this.

 

All applications are subject to availability and eligibility.

 

On receipt of your application, we will send you and your setting details of the training and any funding we can offer.

Our course dates are listed below.

Please contact me on 01234 276390 if you have any queries.

Jill Wright

BTAC Senior Administrator

 

Course Dates:

 

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

September 2014

October 2014

November 2014

December 2014

January 2015

February 2015

March 2015 for Playworkers

March 2015

May 2015

 

For further information, contact the BTAC office on 01234 228847 or email trainhelp@bedford.gov.uk

 

Cancellations

When attending courses, should you need to cancel your place please call our 24-hour phone line 01234 228494 and leave your name and number.  You will be contacted during office hours and given a cancellation number.

 

Our Commitment to You

We will endeavour to meet agreed dates and times for all courses, however we reserve the right to cancel or amend a course, date or start time.  Notification of a course cancellation will be sent via email.  In circumstances beyond our control, a course may have to be cancelled at short notice.  In all cases we will do our utmost to arrange suitable alternatives. 

 

Cancellation Policy

a.   When we receive the completed booking form our terms and conditions will apply in full.

b.   If you cancel your place at least four weeks prior to the course start date there will be no cancellation charge.  

 

If you are unable to give four weeks notice of a cancellation, then the following charges will apply:

  • Less than one weeks notice - cancellation fee will be 100% of course fee.
  • Less than two weeks notice - cancellation fee will be 50% of course fee.
  • Less than four weeks notice - cancellation fee will be 25% of course fee.
  • Non attendance or cancellation on the day will result in the total course fee being charged

 

 

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 Jill Wright or e-mail jill.wright@bedford.gov.uk.

 

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