Introducing Smart Training

There's never been a better time to gain a childcare or management qualification with Smart Training, the UK's largest specialist training company and one of the most successful with a much higher than average pass rate of 87%

Whether you're just starting out or want to further your career in childcare you need look no further than Smart Training for top quality training and expertise in the industry. We offer both Apprentice training courses and the new Traineeships programme.

As one of the UK's leading specialist training organisations, we have 23 years experience of delivering expert training and in that time have helped thousands of learners fulfil their ambition of working with children and progressing their careers. Our experienced staff can help you with information, advice and guidance to help you find exactly the right course or career path. 

Flexible training

Our completely flexible part-time training can be started at any time of the year at local training centres across the country and on top of that you get unparalleled personal support to help you achieve your qualification.You can also make use of our Online Training Academy which has a whole host of study resources and, on top of that, store vouchers are awarded for good work.

Funded training

The best news of all is that eligible learners who are employed for more than 30 hours a week, have lived in the UK or European Union for the past three years and don't hold a UK-recognised degree can take advantage of free or subsidised training. No Employers Contribution is applicable for learners aged 16-23 but the Government now requires all learners taking Level 3 to hold GCSEs at grades A-C in English and maths by the end of the course. The GCSE tuition is free for 16 to 18-year-olds with a charge of £400 plus VAT for each subject for learners aged 19 and over who start the course without these grades.

For those aged 24 and over there is an Employers Contribution of £500 plus VAT at Levels 2 and 3. 

There is no Government funding for unemployed learners aged 24 and over for Level 3. Instead learners can apply for a 24+ Advanced Learning Loan - see for details and find out about other learners’ experiences at

Call us on 020 3700 4294 for more information, email us at or text SMART to 80800.

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“An Apprenticeship with Smart Training is the perfect way to do the training as you can gain the work experience at the same time as learning."

Nursery worker

"My manager told me that Smart Training was really good and would fully support me through my training and she was right! It has been a brilliant experience and the tutors and managers are great."

Nursery worker

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