As well as childcare qualifications, there are other qualifications that childcare providers are required to have:
First Aid:
It is recommended that the First Aid certificate to complete is the 12 hour Paediatric First Aid Certificate.  This must be renewed every three years. 
At all times, at least one person caring for the children must have a current paediatric first aid qualification.  The ratio of trained persons to children should never fall below 1:10. 
For details of First Aid courses, please contact Sian Hickey, Early Years Officer at or 07970 108677.
Level 2 Food Safety:
You are required to complete a Level 2 Food Safety in Catering course if you will be handling or preparing food in your capacity as a childcare worker.
This certificate must be renewed every three years.  
Please contactMonmouthshire Community Learning for dates.
Level 1:
All childcare staff should complete a Level 1 Safeguarding course.    These courses are occasionally run by Monmouthshire County Council.   The Level 1 Safeguarding certificate needs to be renewed every two years. Please email for dates.
Level 2 and 3:
The Designated Officer and Deputy Officer at childcare settings must also complete a Level 2 Safeguarding Course.  It is recommended that Childminders also complete a Level 2.  When your Level 2 is due to be renewed, you can then complete Level 3 if you wish.  All Safeguarding courses are run by the South East Wales Safeguarding Board.  Please visit for dates and details of how to book.

To book email now.

Training Providers:

Monmouthshire Adult and Community Education (MACE):
01873 851554
Courses include Food safety, Welsh, Basic IT and more.
Current cost for Food Safety course: £42
Virtual College:
Online Food Safety Course (for those refreshing their Food Safety certificate only)
Costs: £15 – £25
Coleg Gwent:
Telephone: 01495 333333
Courses include:Certificate for Teaching Assistants, Certificate in Learning Support, NVQ Level 3 in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools, Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools Level 2 and 3, PGCE
ACT Training:
Telephone: 02920 408403
Courses include:Children’s Care, Learning and Development Training Course (for anyone who is working for more than 10 hours within the childcare sector)

RT Safety Ltd

Tel 01443 841000 or 029 20810446

Borderlands Outdoor

Borderlands Outdoor is a Monmouth-based training and outdoor pursuits company. Hands-on, practical paediatric, workplace and outdoor first  aid courses is offered across Monmouthshire. All courses can be delivered privately at a venue to suit you.

Courses offered include:

Emergency First Aid at Work (6 hours)

First Aid at Work (18 Hours)

Emergency Paediatric First Aid (6 hours)

Paediatric First Aid (12 hours)

Family First Aid (from 3 hours)

Outdoor First Aid Emergency Action (8 hours)

Outdoor First Aid (16 hours)

For more information, contact Borderlands on, 07580 135869 or through the website