Foster carer qualifications

Foster carer qualifications

Warwickshire’s Foster Care QCF Assessment Centre offers approved foster carers, other authorities and private fostering agencies the opportunity to gain a QCF (Qualifications and Credit Framework) diploma.


We will give you a full induction and the necessary resources to help you complete your qualification. An assessor will be assigned to you and will work with you for as long as you are working on your qualification, usually this is between 12 - 18 months. Your assessor who will observe you in your workplace, usually in your home, and help you plan your work units.

The QCF diploma is open to everyone and the centre will support you through your award and put in extra support where it is required to meet your specific needs.


Level 3 Diploma for the Children and Young Peoples Workforce

This diploma is aimed at those people already working in the children and young people sector. For example as a foster carer.

Learners must gain a minimum of 65 credits to achieve the Level 3 Diploma for the Children and Young People’s Workforce. Mandatory units account for 40 credits and the remaining credits are achieved from the optional suite of units. The optional units cover a wide range of work roles and specialisms across the children and young peoples workforce and includes units that are specific to areas such as:

  • managing challenging behaviours
  • working with babies
  • working with teenagers

The evidence is gathered from your day-to-day work and put into a portfolio. You will need to devote about four hours per week for up to 18 months. You will also need to be able to attend relevant training.

This qualification offers a flexible and wide choice of optional units. The flexibility of the qualification structure builds on the induction framework and greatly assists achievement and relevance for the children and young peoples workforce. This qualification is designed for people who work with individuals to support and assist them with their physical or emotional care, daily living needs or maintaining their independence. The Level 3 qualification is aimed at individuals who often work without direct supervision or on their own.

The assessments recognise the realities of work-based assessment, especially accessibility, the availability of assessors and the issue of intrusion and confidentiality.

The Level 3 Diploma for the Children and Young Peoples Workforce is appropriate for everyone in the children’s workforce which includes:

  • foster carers
  • care workers
  • childminders
  • early years practitioners
  • nursery nurses
  • youth and community workers

Assessor and Quality Assurance Awards

If you are interested in undertaking either an assessor or quality assurance award please contact the centre.

Learners entering the children and young people’s workforce may be legally required to undergo criminal records checks prior to taking up employment/work placement. As a centre, we will ensure that any requirements for a particular area of work are fully met.

If you would like any further information or have any enquiries please email