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NVQ Level 3 Childcare – Questions to Consider

NVQ Level 3 Childcare

The relationship between child and adult is an extremely important one and as an NVQ Level 3 childcare course student, you will already be experienced in childcare to an extent.  Children really do excel when they are in the correct environment where they feel respected and loved.

Some questions worth thinking about are:

–       what settings can a child learn through play?

–       How can a child feel welcome and appreciated in a particular setting?

–       What bevahiour is appropriate and what is not?

–       Every child will require different diplomacy skills, depending on age so how would you go about doing this?

–       Children ask questions, so what is the best setting for them to feel comfortable to do so.

–       Why is consistency so important for babies/children?

–       How would you deal with various communication problems?

–       If the child is finding difficulties with any of the above, how would you deal with the rest of the child’s family?

–       What are the legal requirements of dealing with such issues?

–       How would you deal with confidentiality?

–       How would you identify a child at risk from harm?

NVQ Level 3 in Childcare

Teaching Assistant Focus –

Teaching assistant jobs and information

NVQ courses in Activity Leadership – be a football coach?

It’s disheartening, but there are many youngsters who simply don’t make it as footballers after, in many cases, spending years in training.  For those who are still football mad and have found themselves in this unfortunate position, there is an NVQ course worth thinking about.  activity leadership nvq coursesIt’s the NVQ in Activity Leadership. It’s a great way to learn all there is to know regarding management and spotting talent.
This is the case right now in Chelmsford for a group of young men who are training to become professional football coaches after having no luck becoming footballers themselves.  The Government funded course is taking place at Chelmsford College and details of the course can be accessed by contacting

Why I think NVQ course funding should be available to everyone

A 22 year old man from Northumberland has set up an e-petition to encourage everyone to be elligble for funded NVQ courses. Currently those with degrees and those over a certain age will not be funded by the Government, but this means a huge number of graduates who have struggled to progress will be expected to fund their own courses.  nvq courses available to allIf they’re lucky, they may be able to encourage their employers to pay for an NVQ course, but it’s those that are seeking employment who will suffer.

Ben Winfield completed a forensic degree at University, but has been struggling to find work since graduating. A government funded NVQ course will improve his CV and thus his chances of finding stable employment.

I’ve signed the e-petition as I think it’s important that people of all ages and all backgrounds are encouraged to aim high.


NVQ Courses Won’t Be Decreased From 2014 Onwards

A few weeks ago we reported that many NVQ courses will be cut from 2014 onwards, but we’ve learnt that NVQs won’t actually be affected! Vocational Qualifications will be affected as a whole, but these are related to school league tables and whether these courses are of value.

More information can be found at the Department of Education’s website


Interview Techniques after NVQ courses

You’ve gained your NVQ level 1, 2 or 3 and now you’re wondering what the next step in your career should be?

Each time you complete an NVQ course, you are able to apply for more senior roles in your field and if you are worried about interviews, perhaps you should read through these interview techniques.  The full PDF can be downloaded for free when you sign up to NVQ Courses Hub.

Research the company AND the interviewers!

It’s always a good idea to research the company as much as possible including the market they are in, any financial information and the structure. The company is likely to have a corporate website, so make sure you read as much as possible, paying particular attention to the ‘About Us’ section (if they have one). The vacancy you are applying for will be solving a problem the company are facing, so make sure you are aware of how you will slot in. If you are applying for a job as a web designer, you’ll want to know whether there is a team of web designers or whether you are the first. Perhaps the company have just launched their new e-commerce website and you’ll be a major part of the team. Maybe you’ll simply join a huge team of web designers already maintaining multiple websites.


Telephone or in person?

Employers are increasingly opting for telephone interviews, rather than meeting in person. Approach each type of interview slightly differently.

Telephone Interviews

It’s quite common for employers to want to call prospective candidates, rather than invite them in face to face (potentially wasting their time and yours).
Whilst many candidates dislike this rather informal way of being interviewed, it’s a good way to prepare any notes or keep your CV in front of you. In some instances, not being face to face can increase confidence when answering questions. You omit any travel woes and there is no need to worry about your appearance!

Interviews Face To Face

This is the preferred method on both sides. It’s an opportunity for the employer to get a good impression about you and it also gives you an opportunity to see the offices in which you’ll work (as well as building an impression of the manager). In this case, it’s important to be well dressed and groomed.
First impressions tend to last, so it’s important to show you are smart on the outside as well as the inside. Be aware of your body language. Sit upright with your hands on your lap.

DO NOT slouch and fidget as this can portray laziness and nervousness.

Have you thought about storing your presentations online?

Questions, Questions, Questions?

The most common questions asked by potential employers are below. Ensure you have answers for them:

  • What do you feel are your strengths?
  • What are your weaknesses?
  • Why are you leaving your current role?
  • What can you bring to this role?
  • Where do you see yourself in 5/10 years time?
  • Do you have any long term goals?



NVQ course in Hairdressing – Level 1, 2 and 3

NVQ courses in Hairdressing

If you are working in the hair or barber industry, an NVQ course in Hairdressing will help enable you to pursue work in the fashion industry and hair salons.

NVQ Level 1 Hairdressing
Entry level

NVQ Level 2 Hairdressing
Those wishing to become certified

NVQ Level 3 Hairdressing
Those wishing to become specialists,
maybe starting up their own salon


Typical mandatory Level 1 units:

– Be aware of health and safety within the workplace

– Ability to shampoo/condition hair

– Maintaining work areas

– Maintaining salon treatment work areas


Typical Level 1 optional units:

– Blow drying hair

– Assisting with hair dye

– Basic techniques of plaiting hair

– Removing hair extensions

– Reception duties

More details about the NVQ Level 1 in Hairdressing


Typical mandatory Level 2 units:

– Be aware of health and safety within the workplace

– Ability to shampoo/condition hair and treat the scalp.

– Cutting hair using basic techniques

– Dry and finish all types of hair

– Style hair

– Ability to dye hair

– Consulting with customers


Typical Level 2 optional units:

– Reception duties

– Promoting additional services

– Perming hair

– Ability to use hair extensions

More details about the NVQ Level 2 in Hairdressing


Typical mandatory Level 3 units:

– Maintaining health and safety within the workplace

– Be able to consult

– Cutting hair creatively

– Dying hair using various techniques


Typical optional Level 3 units:

– Style hair creatively

– Ability to use hair extensions

– Hair and scalp treatments

– Perm all types of hair

More details about the NVQ Level 3 in Hairdressing
Further information on hairdressing training

NVQ course in Supporting Teaching (Teaching Assistant)

Duration: 6 months to 2 years

The NVQ courses in Supporting Teaching and Learning involves supporting the requirements and needs of students in schools. The course covers students in secondary and primary schools, as well as special needs schools.

To complete the NVQ course, you would need to demonstrate care, the students’ welfare and also being aware of child learning and behaviour.




If you are working as a teaching assistant, this NVQ course is ideal for you to progress. You can apply if you work as a teaching assistant in any type of school.


What the NVQ course will cover:

  • giving support during therapy sessions.
  • encouraging students to be independent and self reliant
  • various administration duties.
  • helping students to learn and understand
  • assisting with multilingual students



Requirements for NVQ Level 2 in Supporting Teaching

– fundamental skills in children’s safety and support their development
– aim to be more resonsible in the classroom.


Requirements for NVQ level 3 in Supporting Teaching
– you will need to have been a teaching assistant for a fair amount of time.
– aim to be a mentor to the students and potentially lead a team.


Information on QCF Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools Level 2 and 3

Before choosing a teaching assistant qualification, read more about courses, colleges and online options. Many teaching assistant jobs will require a related qualification, but it’s not essential.

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Hilton to fund NVQ Level 2 in Professional Cookery for 50 budding chefs

Hilton Worldwide is to offer 50 future chefs to obtain their NVQ level 2 in Professional Cookery.

The 12 month course will include head chef masterclasses, mentoring, a look into the Hilton Worldwide hotel workings and he possibility to earn on the job, too.

All apprentices will be fully funded (including travel expenses) and will earn their NVQ course in Professional Cookery – level 2 with a chance to progress to level 3.

Candidates have until 10th June 2012 to apply – visit

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