National Qualifications (QCF)

PATA Assessment & Training Centre

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PATA has its own Assessment and Training Centre (A&TC) and is a registered provider with City & Guilds and CACHE.  The centre offers a range of national qualifications that includes access to workshops and assessment of performance in the workplace.  The centre receives excellent ratings for its management and training practice, together with positive feedback from learners and employers.  For further details contact a&, or telephone 01452 541244.

Successful candidates at an awards ceremony.


for working with children and young people aged 0-19

  • Are you an experienced childcare, education, playwork practitioner or a childminder and need qualifications to support your knowledge and experience?
  • Do you hold some qualifications and need to progress?
  • Are you a volunteer or would like to be a volunteer?
  • Are you a parent/carer seeking to develop your personal skills?
  • Are you are a manager with responsibility for planning staff training?
  • Bespoke training is available for full and part qualifications.

For details, look at the the PATA Training & Development Programme Summer 2015. Online expression of interest/application form click here.

National qualifications have changed

From September 2010, PATA has been offering Awards, Certifcates and Diplomas on the QCF (Qualification Credit Framework) for working with children & young people, playwork and supporting teaching & learning in schools.  See full programme Summer 2015 and homepage. Online expression of interest/application form here.

Contact PATA for information on events and course briefings,


FUNDING is complex and will depend on age, prior qualifications and employment status. Opportunities are available for the unemployed working as volunteers in some situations.

24+ ADVANCED LEARNING LOANS are now available with all L3 qualifications delivered by PATA for applicants aged 24+ at the start of their learning programme. Loans are not available for the L5 Diploma in Leadership for the CYP. For information and how to apply see here.

APPRENTICESHIPS available in early years and for teaching assistants in schools. 16-18 year olds are fully funded. See here

£1,500 AGE GRANT to employers to support taking on their first apprentice has been extended. Employer Fact Sheet here Parents' guide to apprenticeships here.

Assessor and Verifier Awards (A1 & V1) are progression opportunities for qualified (at least level 3) and experienced professionals. For enquiries email 

PATA Training Statement of Service: download  

Learner fees and Cancellation Policy: download