NCA – What Are the Standards

The Nurturing Childhood Accreditation

Offering the key adults within every child’s life the knowledge, understanding and support required to nurture and develop every child’s full potential.

What Are the Standards?

School Advisory and CPD

All Nurturing Childhoods courses are underpinned by the DfE Professional Development Standards.

These standards are discussed through focused reflections at the beginning of each session and used to tailor its content, reflections and collaborations.

In this way ownership is retained by those implementing change, ensuring it is rooted in the specific needs of the children it is designed to support. While being sure that professional development is steeped in robust evidence and expertise.

The Department for Education (England) suggests that effective teaching requires considerable knowledge and skill, which should be developed as a teachers’ career progresses.

This requires high-quality professional development, steeped in rigorous scholarship.

It requires professionals who want to continually develop and support each other.

And it requires reflective improvements with intended outcomes and evaluation so that children benefit from the best possible practice.

Department for Education, 2016

Nurturing Childhoods believes that children, in their early years, and those working with them deserve no less.


What are the DfE Professional Development Standards

Standard One – Professional development should have a focus on improving and evaluating children’s outcomes.

Standard Two – Professional development should be underpinned by robust evidence and expertise

Standard Three – Professional development should include collaboration and expert challenge

Standard Four – Professional development should be sustained over time

Standard Five – Professional development must be prioritised by the leadership team

The only accreditation offering parents the same knowledge, understanding and support through their own suit of online materials.

Mirroring the content and format of the Nurturing Childhoods parenting courses, the Nurturing Childhoods Accreditation is underpinned by; 

Offering children the opportunity to be surrounded by adults who understand the value of their early years and the experiences that make all the difference.  And adults the opportunity to understand one another.

At every level, pick the pathway that is right for you

Developing Nurturing Childhoods

Pathway One ~ £650

Pathway Two ~ £1,050

Pathway Three ~ £1,550

Embedding Nurturing Childhoods

Pathway One ~ £750

Pathway Two ~ £1,150

Pathway Three ~ £1,650


Knowledge of how your child is developing and the processes their bodies and minds are going through. 


Understanding how your actions, comments and decisions affect your child’s responses now and in the future.


Supported with advice you can trust, you can parent with confidence and consistency.

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