NCA – What is the Process

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 is the Process?

The Nurturing Childhoods Accreditation follows a setting-based action-research model. Designed to support knowledge and understanding, while being driven by the specific needs of the setting.

Underpinned by the Department for Education (England) Professional Development Standards, these are applied throughout.  With wrap around materials to support your reflections and structure your actions. 

Rooted in pedagogical content and the care and education of children in the early years, each session is tailored to offer the support you need to see practice consistently build and develop over time. 

Structured using the Nurturing Childhoods format of Introduction; Knowledge; Understanding and Support.   

The sessions are intended to become a part of your settings monthly meeting cycle.  Driven by the manager and leadership team to illustrate your full commitment to the process.  

Every month, the next session is introduced as part of a continual development cycle. 

Firstly with a Pre-Session sheet to invite discussion, then with a pre-recorded training session, to be followed by a Post-Session reflection and structured Action Plans. 

All of which builds into a personalised Course Assessment Portfolio.

The Structure of The Nurturing Childhood Accreditation

Pre-session reflections ~ Post-session reviews ~ Personalised Action Plans

Every session has a Pre-Session Sheet detailing the objectives and learning points to follow. Focused on this content, it will invite you to reflect on your current practice, knowledge and understanding, and allow you to identify how you can most effectively develop.

Underpinned by the DfE Teachers’ Professional Development Standards, child development theory and practical application, recorded sessions are designed to support your reflective practice. Along with the “Pause for Thought” moments built in.

The Post-Session Sheet invites you to reflect on the objectives and learning points of the session while it is still fresh in your minds. It asks questions and challenges your understanding.  So that with collaboration you can focus your developing practice.

A targeted Action Plan designed to be completed by the staff team. While suggesting areas of focus, it allows ownership of agreed actions to be retained by you. Building over time into improvements that are realised through children’s experiences.

Course Assessment Portfolio

Each month, completed Pre- and Post-Session Sheets begin to provide the evidence for a digital Course Assessment Portfolio.

The Action Plans, together with sections that invite reflection on the impact of the changes being made, complete this process.

Focused on the content of each session and with particular attention on children’s experiences and outcomes, these are tailored to the specific needs of your setting and families.

Developing reflective practice


Designed over three levels of accreditation, you will be supported to Create Nurturing Childhoods, Develop Nurturing Childhoods and Embed Nurturing Childhoods

Each of these levels consist of twelve training sessions, offering you continuous professional development, reflection and action.

And once combined with the tailored focus and development of the team, translates into realised improvements that consistently develop in line with the settings needs and external requirements.

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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