The Government  has today announced that it will be making 400 fully funded courses free for adults as part of the  the Government’s Lifetime Skills Guarantee, for adults without a full qualification at Level 3. Childcare Level 3 qualifications are among these courses including Early Years Educator courses (EYE), Diploma in Montessori Pedagogy – Birth to Seven (EYE), and the Diploma in Playwork (NVQ).

Backed by £95 million from the National Skills Fund, the new courses will be available from April to all adults without a full Level 3 (A-level equivalent) qualification. Tens of thousands of adults will be able to benefit from almost 400 free courses next year, in the first major development in the Lifetime Skills Guarantee announced by the Prime Minister in September.

The wide-ranging list of fully-funded courses, includes childcare, engineering, healthcare, conservation, will be available to adults without a full qualification at Level 3 (A-level equivalent) from April 2021 to help them gain in-demand skills and open up further job opportunities.

Nurseries have been finding it increasingly hard to both recruit and retain staff Level 3 qualified staff, and the news has been welcomed by sector organisations.

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