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BTAC Annual Celebration Evening - for those learners who have completed a qualification with us


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.
  • 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.


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:  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.


DfE Paediatric First Aid Consultation Outcome

The government has decided to proceed to include, from 1 September 2016, a requirement in the EYFS for newly qualified early years staff (with full and relevant level 2 or level 3 childcare qualification) to also hold a current Paediatric First Aid (PFA) or emergency PFA certificate in order to be included in the required ratios in an early years setting. Childcare providers will be allowed a three month ‘grace’ period to complete PFA training after starting work with a new employer.”



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, to be counted in your setting's Level 3 ratio. 


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

  • 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.


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

Level 3 Key Facts


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

Level 3 Key Facts


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

Level 5 Diploma 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


NCFE CACHE Level 4 Certificate for the Early Years Advanced Practitioner

Level 4 Key Facts


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

Level 5 Key Facts




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

Level 2 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)


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

Level 3  - Key Facts



Education Support

CACHE Level 2 Award in Support Work in Schools (QCF) - can view Key Facts here


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

CACHE Level 2 Key Facts


CACHE Level 3 Award and Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools (QCF)

Key Facts


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

CACHE Level 3 Key Facts


CACHE (QCF) Supervise whole class learning activities - Unit TDA 3.8 - Cover Supervisor Unit - click here for more information.



Health and Social Care

CACHE Level 2 Certificate in Preparing to Work in Adult Social Care (QCF)

Level 2 Certificate Key Facts


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

Level 2 Diploma Key Facts


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

Level 3 Diploma Key Facts


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

Level 2 Award Key Facts



Assessing and Assuring the Quality of Assessment

CACHE Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement (QCF)

CACHE Level 3 - Key Facts



If you are unable to download any leaflets for a specific qualification from the CACHE website, please contact our Helpline number on 01234 228847.



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


How to apply to BTAC

Dear Learner

CACHE QCF Level 2 to 5 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:



Funding for Level 2 qualifications, is available from the Skills Funding Agency (SFA), if you are receiving Job Seekers Allowance (JSA), Employment & Support Allowance (ESA), Universal Credit (conditions apply).  A letter from the Job Centre dated within 1 months of the course start must be enclosed with your application.

Co-funding is available.

All applications are subject to availability and eligibility.


On receipt of your application, we will email you and your setting a contract setting out the Terms & Condition.

Our course dates are listed below.

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

Jill Wright

Workforce Development Co-ordinator

Course Dates:

20 September 2016

4 October 2016

16 November 2016

1 December 2016

23 January 2017

20 February 2017

23 March 2017

20 April 2017

17 May 2017

21 June 2017

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


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



When attending courses, should you need to cancel your place please call our 24-hour phone line 01234 228847 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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