Bedford Training and Assessment Centre (BTAC)
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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.
BTAC Bedford Training and
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
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.
- 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
- Advice on the availability of financial support.
- A safe learning environment.
- Equality of opportunity.
- A quality assurance procedure, including an appeals and
- 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
Details of Awards and Accolades
- Winners of Children's and Young People Award 'Workforce
- Nursery World 'Local Authority Early Years Team' - Highly
- 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
Duration 9 – 12 months at Level 2, 15 - 18 months at Level 3 and
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
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
- 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
- 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
Children and Young People
CACHE Level 1 Award in an Introduction to Early Years Settings
Level 1 Key Facts
CACHE Level 3 Award in Supporting Children and Young
People's Speech, Language and Communication (QCF)
Level 3 Key
CACHE Level 3 Diploma for the Children and Young People's
Workforce (QCF) - Social Care Pathway only
Level 3 Key
CACHE Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Health and Social Care and
Children and Young People's Services (QCF)
Diploma Key Facts
CACHE Level 2 Certificate in an Introduction to Early Years
Education & Care (QCF)
Level 2 Key
CACHE Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Workforce (Early Years
Level 3 Key
CACHE Level 2 Award, Certificate and Diploma (NVQ) in
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)
Level 3 - Key Facts
CACHE Level 3 Award in Transition to Playwork (from Early
Level 3 - Key Facts
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)
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
Level 2 Diploma Key Facts
CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care (Adults) for
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
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 Aprenticeships, please visit www.apprenticeships.org.uk
How to apply to BTAC
CACHE QCF Level 2 and 3 Qualifications
Thank you for your enquiry about the above qualification.
I have pleasure in enclosing our "How to
We may be able to offer you funding for your qualification and
so I can calculate how much would you kindly complete and return
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
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.
Workforce Development Co-ordinator
5 Diploma in Leadership for Children and Young People's
For further information, contact the BTAC office on 01234 228847
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
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
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
- Less than two weeks notice - cancellation fee will be 50% of
- Less than four weeks notice - cancellation fee will be 25% of
- 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
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
- 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
- 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.
For further information please contact Jill Wright or
Contact the Workforce Development